So the other night on my way home from work I was doing my normal blog reading on my Google Reader and I found some delicious summer recipes that I just had to try. These were the inspiration:
I stopped at my now favorite grocery store, Cermak, and attempted to ride my bike home with grocery bags and all. Now tell me what in the world I was thinking. Guys, I bought a large, and I mean LARGE, watermelon and thought I could ride my bike with it in hand. I mean really. The thing weighed about 20 pounds. Here’s me pausing to think how on earth I would transport this baby home.
So what did I do? I tucked one of the grocery bags in my commuter bag, took the other and looped it around my handlebars and then wobbled onto my bike with the watermelon tucked under my arm, as if it were a football, but 15 pounds heavier. I made it about 10 feet until I fell over and the watermelon slipped out of my grasp and crash landed on my tortilla chips. It was a sad site to see. I gave it one more try before I decided I was going to kill myself with this balancing act. Note: I am no trapeze artist. So I ended up walking my bike all the way home, groceries in hand. It was a long 4 blocks.
By the time I got home I was exhausted. But I was determined to get curry shrimp with mango salsa in my belly. Here’s what I made…
Here are your ingredients:
Recipe adapted from Dinner: A Love Story
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
3/4 tsp. curry powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 bag frozen shrimp (I used precooked already deveined and peeled)
Top with chopped cilantro and lime wedges
Mix all the spices in a small bowl. I didn’t make enough spice for the amount of shrimp I had. So I used it sparingly. Use less than 1 full bag for better seasoned shrimp. Rinse shrimp. Dethaw them in a colander under cold water for 30 minutes. Skewer shrimp on to kabob sticks and place on platter. Instead of rolling individual shrimp in the spice mixture, I sprinkled it over the top of my skewers. Turned the shrimp over on the other side and sprinkled remaining mixture.
Justin preheated the grill to medium heat and sprayed Pam to prevent stickage. Since our shrimp were precooked they just needed a few minutes on each side to warm up. Really up to you how you like them done. After the grilling is finished. Serve with fresh cut limes and squeeze juice over top. Add cilantro leaves as your garnish. And now this is a must… Make sure you get a piece of cilantro in every bite.
For my mango salsa I used some of what I had in the fridge plus a a few extra goodies. I know my measurements aren’t exact but that’s how I cook sometimes. Plus you really can’t mess this up.
1 mango, diced
1/2 of a cucumber, diced
1/2 of a red onion, diced
1/2 of a red pepper, diced
1/2 of a jalapeño, finely chopped
1/2 of a lime, squeezed juice
Handful of cilantro
Salt and pepper
Dice and chop all your veggies and place in medium bowl. Cut like lime in half and squeeze juice over veggies. Add cilantro leaves and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Now mix it all up and Voila, serve with tortilla chips, preferably crushed 🙂
We totally enjoyed this meal and the two dishes pair great together! It was darn near perfect until the part where Justin dumped too much salt in the salsa because I left it on the pour setting instead of dash. Whoops. Still tasted good. And they were great leftovers too.
We didn’t end up doing the watermelon drink that night but it’s next on the list. Hence the reason why I went to all the trouble to buy the 20 pounder!
Hope you enjoy!
So this Friday I am linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk (my first link up ever!). High Five for Friday is a post dedicated to your 5 favorite things from the week. Here I go…
1. I could not be more excited for tonight after work. Justin and I are traveling to Bloomington this weekend to visit our alma mater, Indiana University. We will be visiting with some close friends while there, Nate and Kelsie. We are also bringing our road bikes to do some cycling on the hilly roads! High on our priority list is grabbing some donuts from Cresent Donuts in Bloomington. It’s Justin’s all-time favorite donut shop. We even had their donuts as our wedding favors. They were a big hit. We cannot wait to indulge in their deliciousness! Stay tuned for more details in the weekend wrap up on Monday 🙂
2. My lilies in the front yard are beyond gorgeous! The orange ones just bloomed last night. I can’t get enough of them. Every morning they greet me hello and every evening they welcome me home. It’s just a delight.
3. I’ve been loving this new OPI nail polish. I think I love it even more because of the name, Hot & Spicy. Perfect summer orange-y color. Love!
4. I mentioned in my weekend wrap-up that I was sick and tired of the chain grocery store Jewel. Wednesday I checked out the local Hispanic grocery store called Cermak’s. And man, was I impressed. The produce aisle was full of beautiful color and healthy looking fruits and veggies. Did I mention it’s only 3 blocks from my house?! This is where it’s at.
5. Yesterday while I was riding the train I saw the cutest, and I mean THE cutest old man. He was talking on his cellphone, actually his iPhone, and was speaking very loudly. I could tell he had hearing aids and he was trying to write down an address on a piece of paper. I was so impressed by his ability to multi-task at his age. I think sometimes a lot of seniors assume they are too old and then they get stubborn and refuse to try and do what they used to do. But man, if he can take public transportation, work an iPhone, and write all at the same time, he’s doing pretty well. And as a fun fact about me, I would say I definitely have an affinity for old people. My mom sells and services hearing aids and works everyday with the elderly. I have spent a lot of time working for her and interacting with her clients. I think that opportunity really opened my eyes to how important they are and how crucial it is for our generation to understand them. I find that they have so much wisdom to offer and honestly love hearing from a young, fresh heart. They love to share their favorite stories, recipes, and shower you with love and food. So if you get the opportunity remember to spend some time with a grandparent or help an elder with their groceries. You won’t believe how much they will appreciate you.
Hope you enjoyed my first High Five for Friday Post!
What are your top 5?
Hope you all enjoy the weekend!
Spokes and sprinkles, cute right? I thought so. But I definitely cannot take the credit since my darling and creative friend Emilia came up with it. She’s a wedding photographer and avid blogger. She’s inspired my blogging desire and has some awesome daily posts, plus her photography is stunning. Check out her site Emilia Jane.
So if you haven’t figured it out yet, my husband and I love bikes and donuts. These are 2 passions that Just is crazy about, and now they, of course, have rubbed off on me too. Donuts, as you know, are a classic American pastry that pretty much everyone should love (even if your on a diet, you have to splurge on them once in a while, or seemingly for us too often). And spokes are part of a bike wheel, they are those metal toothpick sized rods that connect to the hub of the wheel. And fun fact those spokes don’t push outward they actually pull the rim inward at an equal distance towards the hub (the center part of the wheel), which makes the wheel incredibly strong. Spokes are created using a lot of mathematical calculations to ensure the wheel is equally balanced and can hold the same amount of weight all the way around.
Anyways, we love road cycling and riding bikes in general, actually it’s the reason we met and started dating in the first place. I’ll have to share that story with you sometime. I thought what better way to share life with people than through the lens of our favorite hobbies, donuts and cycling. Someday hopefully they won’t just be hobbies…