Sunday, July 30, 2017

Coconut Fried Shrimpies!


I loves me some shrimp.
And I think the best way to coax out shrimp flavor is to fry the little buggers.
Today I'm having coconut fried shrimp and serving them with the perfect accompaniment - an orange marmalade dipping sauce.  The sweetness of the sauce pairs quite nicely with the shrimp.

 First, make the dipping sauce.

Orange Marmalade Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
juice of 1/2 lime
1 TB soy sauce
1 TB rice vinegar
1 TB brown sugar
2 tsp coarse stone ground mustard
2 tsp horseradish
1 TB Thai chili sauce
1 tsp cayenne flakes
Mix all ingredients in a small sauce pan.  Stir to combine.  Bring to a simmer.
Make a slurry out of 2 tsp cornstarch and 2 tsp water.
Add to mixture and heat, stirring, until thickened.
Stir in 2 TB chopped red onion.
Cool in fridge.
 For the batter:
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp cayenne pepper flakes
1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
1 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup club soda
Combine all ingredients.  Mix well until you have a smooth batter.

1 pound medium-large shrimp

Peel and de-tract shrimp.  I call it de-tracting, not de-veining.  That's not a vein going down the shrimp's back.  It's the digestive tract.  Take it out.

Drop shrimp into batter, coating well.
Pick out shrimp individually and coat with coconut mixture.

Coconut Mixture
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Mix well.

Heat about 2 inches of peanut oil to 350-375°.
Drop shrimp in hot oil, one at a time, without crowding the pan.
Fry until golden brown, 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.
Drain on paper towels on a rack.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Rosie's July Garden.

Welcome to Rosie's Garden, her Happy Zone.


 Castor bean.

Coneflower.  Echinacea.

Glads are always good for a pop of color.

Hibiscus and rudbeckia.

Passion flower.

All my sunflowers are volunteers.


Volunteer zinnia.

 Setcreasea purpurea 'Purple Heart' .

Day lily.

Like I said, when you need a pop of color, go for glads.

Glad next to parsley.

Clerodendrum bungei AKA glory bower, cashmere bouquet, Mexicali rose, Mexican hydrangea.

Amaryllis.  Love the pink tinge.

Shasta daisy.


Plumeria AKA frangipani.
Hawaiian lei flowers.
And they smell really good.

My cereus is getting ready to bloom.