Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Seems A Little Fishy To Me.

Do you like seafood? At this point I would open my mouth with some cheeseburger spilling out and in a mumbled snickering voice I would say "See? Food." Bwahahahaha! I loved that one as a kid. Okay, my adoration for foul jokes has matured some what since then (when did I become so prissy? oh well). Unless of course you get a few 40oz malt liquors in me, then all bets are off.

Anyways, seafood. I wish we got to eat it more often in my house. It's just kind of a pain to get. Fresh and good quality fish requires me braving the human world and actually leaving my neighborhood (shudder). The sad grocery store over here sells "fish" that's either grey and stinky or it looks like it lost a fight with a pitbull. Bad fish is bad (you can quote me on that).  I prefer my fish to be perky and smelling of the sea, not the dumpster.

Anyways, I was feeling frisky the other day and decided to go outside and purchase some lovely fresh seafood. I donned my best "don't talk to me or I'll cut you" face and went to my favorite reputable fishmonger (I like to picture him with an eyepatch and peg leg even though he actually just looks like that one normal looking guy from that tv show I don't watch). I bought some beautiful tiger prawns and a few plump sea scallops. I then skulked back to the shadows of my cave and devised a delicious plan. "Oh yes, my little ocean friends. I shall gorge myself on your corpses." I said as I maniacally rubbed my hands together. Hmmm, perhaps I should have left that part out. I hope you think no less of me or have notions that I am in any way mentally unstable (I know where you live).

I ended up making Peruvian Tiger Prawn Ceviche and Seared Sea Scallops with Salsa Verde Criolla. I also made a nice herb and arugula salad with fresh green goddess dressing. It was delicious and I even cried a little bit. Perhaps it was the onion. Either way, I wish I could have seafood more often. Look I didn't even make one joke about our house being a clam shack filled with lesbian ladies (it's funny cause it's true). Not even one. Okay, I better go. I don't want to be shellfish and waste your time. Lol. Get it? Do you? Why aren't you laughing?

Peruvian Tiger Prawn Ceviche and Seared Sea Scallops with Salsa Verde Criolla.

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 lb unpeeled tiger prawns (use whatever you have that's fresh and available)
1/2 medium white onion, small diced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp hot sauce (Tapatio or Cholula works great)
1 Tbsp sherry wine vinegar
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper tt
1/2 cup of fresh lime juice
1 habanero or jalapeno chili, minced
1 avocado, diced (don't dice until needed)

tortilla chips

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of the lime juice. Add the prawns and boil for 30 secs. Immediately remove from the heat and strain the prawns. Shock the prawns in ice water to stop the cooking. Peel and devein the shrimp. 

In a bowl mix the all of the ingredients together (except for the avocado) and add the prawns and mix thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Add the avocado and gently toss.

Serve the ceviche into small bowls or martini glasses. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro and slices of lime. Serve with tortilla chips or saltine crackers if you like. Drink lots of beer with this one. Yum. xoxo

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