Friday, July 4, 2008
Happy Independence Day to all my American readers. I do hope you have a wonderful day. We used to have a great time when we lived in North Carolina spending the day with all our friends. One thing we often did was to take the boat a few miles up the Sound to Swansboro where they had a firework display on an island off shore. We would anchor and watch it from the water. There were at least two boats in our party and we used to have great fun. I remember one year, on our way home, we rescued some people in the water, their boat had sunk because they had too many on board (drinking) they were a bit difficult to deal with. Luckily some of them had made it to an island so we just had one guy to take ashore for help, he was in the water by their boat, think he was trying to swim for it or something. Drunk sailing doesn't work any better than drunk driving. A heck of a lot of Americans will be eating Hamburgers and Hot Dogs today - I can't offer any assistance for any of that I'm afraid. Not something we eat very often and even when we do, I prefer mine without the bun. Wieners, to me, should be eaten on a plate with sauerkraut. Of course when we were celebrating the 4th with friends we ate the same as anyone else. We would all take a dish to someone's home so we would have plenty of food. We always had potato salad and baked beans. We had one friend who made the best burgers I have ever tasted, he didn't do much with them, but they were always delicious. His wife made the best cole slaw too (I have that recipe, quite a simple one) unfortunately neither of them are with us any more. I often took my recipe from Jambalaya, not an authentic one, but I got it out of a local newspaper here in Canada. It was very popular in North Carolina and usually a friend would give me a load of shrimp to use in it. He had a shrimp boat. He would then have the leftovers for breakfast and lunch the next day apparently. It was one of his favourite meals. Here is my recipe for Jambalaya. Jambalaya Cambridge Reporter 2-1/2 c water 1 c converted rice * 1 tsp salt 3 tsp red pepper sce (hot) 1/4 c vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1/2 lb cooked shrimp (I usually use more) 1 c diced ham 1/2 med green pepper cut in 1 x 1/4 in strips 4 green onions, with tops, sliced 2 med tomatoes, roughly chopped Bring water to boil, add rice, 1 tsp salt and red pepper sauce. Simmer 20 mins. covered. Remove from heat, let stand approximately five mins til liquid has disappeared. Put in a large bowl. Combine garlic, oil, remaining salt with rice. Add rest of ingredients except tomatoes. Chill a minimum of 3 hours. Stir in tomatoes to serve. *These days I would use Basmati rice which I think has a better flavour, but it has to be cooked slightly differently. You can follow the directions on the packet merely adding the hot sauce. You can increase the quantities of this recipe without any problem. Have a great day.