For a 27 year old who loves shrimp I feel this is a weird thing for me to say: this is the first time I ever cooked shrimp in my life. Normally I wouldn’t make it at all because Tristan is allergic but I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted to both make and eat this so my neighbor helped me out by loving shrimp as much as me and helping me eat it. Plus she made burgers for our husbands so they could have something for dinner too. Good neighbor!
Another shocking statement coming your way – I had the day off on Sunday! And I have the day off today! It’s a miracle! On Sunday we took a little shopping trip down to Madison where I picked up these shrimp at a fancy new grocery store for a steal! I did have to peel and de-vein them but I’ve watched my dad do that enough times that I wasn’t really worried about it. It took me longer than I thought it would and it was kind of gross but I guess that’s a small price to pay for big delicious shrimps.
My neighbor also helped me out by doing some of the shopping for this recipe on her way home from work. She picked up the mushrooms, cilantro, and tomato portion of this meal so that I could get cracking on making it right at 6:15 when I got home. I’ve mentioned it before but I am just starting to like mushrooms and these floppy wood-ear ones were kind of s stretch for me. I mean, do they look like something you want to eat?
No, no they don’t. In fact, they look like something I would avoid at all costs, but I bravely soldiered on. They are kind of a weird consistency but I chopped them up really fine and tried not to think about it.
I even hauled out my wok, which sees very little play in the kitchen and was very excited to be used last night. Just like Dorie said, it all came together very quickly once it got going. I mean all the directions for cooking were in seconds, not minutes so I felt a little bit of pressure to have all my shit together. Usually you have some time to dick around while something is simmering but that was not the case last night. After dumping in the tomato everything kind of looks a mess until you garnish with cilantro but it smelled very, very nice.
And tasted really interesting! I definitely liked it a lot but the flavor is hard to describe. The five-spice powder really can’t be explained, just tasted I think. I hauled-ass over the the neighbors’ once I had this put together and we enjoyed it while catching up on Once Upon a Time and Revenge and drinking some Tilia Bonarda which is a really delicious and kind of little-known varietal from South America. Yum!