Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sunflowers And Szechuan Shrimp.

Let's start off with my sunflowers, shall we?

I love the pattern of the seeds.

More sunflowers.

OK, enough of sunflowers.
Let's get to the food.

Remember my wontons from the other day?
I had some leftover along with the shrimp/pork cabbage stuffing, so I decided to finish that up.

And I decided to make a twist on the crab rangoon.
Since I had no crab, I'll be making no-crab-rangoons.
I stuffed my wontons with cream cheese, a little slice of provolone, a bit of snow pea, and a walnut.

Here are the stuffed egg rolls and the wontons, with, apparently, an extra bit of protein.
There appears to be a bug on the plate at top right.

Heat up your oil.
When bubbles come out of the end of a wooden spoon, your oil is ready.

Fry until golden brown.

Drain on paper towels.

My no-crab-rangoon was quite good.
Now this was just an appetizer.

On to the entree:
Szechuan Shrimp.

Try saying that 3 times fast.

Here are my ingredients:

sesame oil
orange juice
soy sauce
Ponzu sauce
roasted red peppers
rice wine vinegar
chili garlic sauce
green onions

Oops. Forgot to include the crushed red pepper.
Here, I've sliced my onions, red pepper, and green onions and minced the garlic.

I juiced my orange and toasted my sesame seeds.

Peeled and deveined shrimp.

First, the shrimp go into a pan coated with the sesame oil.

Saute for about 3 minutes, remove shrimp from pan, and set aside.

Add cashews to pan and saute for about a minute.

Add orange juice. You know I had to get the picture of the steam.

Add about 1/4 cup of soy sauce.

Add 1/2 cup Ponzu sauce.
And what is Ponzu sauce you're asking.
Well, I'll tell you.
It's a citrus-seasoned soy sauce.
I found Kikkoman's Ponzu at my grocery store, but you can make your own, which I will do some day.

Here's the recipe:
(Which I got from one of our cooking classes at the NC Aquarium.)

2 cups soy sauce
1 cup orange juice
1 TB garlic
1/4 honey of sugar
1 raw chicken breast

Boil all ingredients until reduced and skim thick foam off top.
Sauce is done when no more foam is present.
Discard chicken breast (It will be very salty and dark and not a good texture for eating.).

Add in the onion and garlic.

Add in the roasted peppers.

Add 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar and cook for about 5 minutes.

Add 3 TB chili garlic sauce.

Add in crushed red peppers.

Add the shrimpies back in and heat up.

Serve on a bed of rice with green onions and toasted sesame seeds on top.

I enjoyed this dish.
Nice and spicy.
Nice textures.
Wonderful flavors.
I will be making this again.

Why do my son's friends crawl out of the woodwork when dinner is served?
Needless to say, there were no leftovers.


Anonymous said...

I must try this--only with chicken. I don't have all of the ingredients, so will have to go shopping before I try it. Tonight we'll have huevos rancheros with some leftover ranchero sauce I made. It's pretty good.

Your sunflowers are gorgeous.

Marilyn said...

Wow, I can't imagine being able to eat such inspiring, exotic, and tantalizing meals all the time. You rock, girl!