Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Google, AIDS Cure? Shrimp.

Google shirtI nearly forgot, had to go for an X-ray yesterday and in the waiting room saw a guy with a T shirt which said - I don’t need to Google, my wife knows everything. Thought that was hilarious. Talking of Google, did you see the doodled yesterday for Emilia Earhart’s 115th birthday, I thought it was another good one. No good getting one for Matt, he doesn’t use the computer anyway. One can get them on the internet though. I also received the memory foam pillows I had ordered on Kijiji Daily Deals. Now all l have outstanding is the carpet cleaning which takes place at the beginning of next month. Never thought of it before but if you go to the following page you can see all the Google Doodles.

I came across this story about a man who has apparently been cured of AIDS by Aids curedhaving a bone marrow transplant due to his leukemia. Now wouldn’t that be something? He says he is cured and plans to stay that way. He still has recurrent leukemia but they reckon the AIDS virus has been destroyed.

We had the recipe below for supper last night, it was pretty tasty. Ate it as a main course with a plain salad. It was a bit of a pain to make, I had to shell all the nuts and then they wouldn’t release their inner skins. Having Googled I put the nuts in boiling water for 2 minutes, drained them and then rolled them in a tea towel to remove the skins. It worked. Then I put all the sauce ingredients in a blender and they wouldn’t blend, in the end I added a bit more olive oil, I thought there was enough lemon juice. I still had to keep poking at the ingredients to get them to blend properly. However, once it was all done, it was worth it. I found the recipe on World Wide Recipes and picked up the picture elsewhere.

I am never quite sure with recipes like this, should the shrimp be cooked and shelled before you weigh it? Makes a difference, you lose close on 1/3 of the weight with the shells. In fact I used a pound of shrimp with their shells (not heads) on and served it by spreading the sauce on a piece of toast each and then topping that with shrimp. There was, in fact, enough for two nights, i.e. 4 people.

Shrimp with Pistachio Sauce (Gamberi con Salsa di Pistacchi)

1/2 cup (125 ml) shelled pistachiospistachio_shrimp
1/4 cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
4 anchovy fillets
1-2 cloves garlic
1 Tbs (15 ml) capers
1 Tbs (15 ml) lemon juice, or more to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 lb (450 g) large cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

Combine the pistachios, olive oil, anchovies, garlic, capers, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in an electric blender or food processor and process to make a paste. Mix with the cooked shrimp in a bowl and toss to combine. Adjust seasoning with lemon juice, salt, and pepper and serve chilled or at room temperature.  Serves 4 to 6.

Have a great day



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    1. If you Google Alex, they are for sale on the net.

  2. Love that T shirt!

    We've had really hot weather here in Kent today (30+degrees which is extreme for us) so tonight we had BBQ beefsteak and homemade chilli coleslaw with mushrooms (cooked on the stove with fresh chilli, onion, garlic and lime juice) Its such a trip for us to be able to sit/eat outside in the evening this year ...

    Prawns/shrimps are expensive in the UK but we will be using some of my precious frozen stock (bought fresh/then frozen) to make a prawn risotto tomorrow night ... can't wait

    1. I remember having the odd barbecue in England, but I always chose something I could bring indoors to cook if necessary. Prawn risotto is good, what time?

      We bring a load of shrimp back from North Carolina when we go.

      What's Chili Coleslaw?