Friday, February 27, 2009

Adding Seafood Flavor Without Sacrifice

Took me 10 years of cooking to realize:

I can ask for half a pound of shrimp (or less).

The man behind the counter didn't bat an eyelash.

23 comments:

Stacy said...

bless you =)

That dish looks yummy btw!

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

Thanks! We're all still learning, right?

This was my attempt at gumbo for Mardis Gras. The husband loved it; the kids refused to touch it.

More shrimp for us!

Betsy said...

Looks good! We love gumbo, too.

Roxie700 said...

I had red beans and rice with sausage for Fat Tuesday. Your gumbo looks very good. I have a cook book written by Justin Wilson that we brought when we vacationed in New Orleans for our 20th wedding anniversary.
Blessings to you Roxie

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

That looks so good! I miss that our Kroger took out the seafood counter, so you can bet when we go to the gulf in a few months we will be bringing home a cooler full of cheap (local) shrimp!

Catherine said...

Sometimes I will just ask for a few shrimp - like 10. :) It's best not to waste it, right? It is true that you learn something new every day. That soup looks so yummy... I have to keep reminding myself that I'm fasting today so I shouldn't look at all my blogs!

Annchan said...

At the supermarket, You should be able to take the cut of meat you like and ask him to cut it smaller for you too. I have done that as well

LSU Melanie said...

looks so yummy.. Happy Mardi Gras!

Kelly said...

When Krogers had the shrimp on sale I bought some of the plastic containers with cocktail sauce and froze them .
Unfortunately , a week ago my large freezer decided to
thaw . It was completely full of my " bargains " !!!
I did not realize until it was too late, there was a problem.
Sometimes trying to save money can cost you money !

celina from canada said...

very nice, my mom would ask for 6 shrimp, 4 mussels, and 2 of whatever......she treated herself..a taste here and there...no one ever commented or complained....

my 8 yr old dd LOVES shrimp and lobster....my son, and dh don't....keep offering..you never know...

Cassandra said...

Haha. Nice realization.

Kind of like how I just realized that just because I don't have a large griddle doesn't mean I can't cook more than one pancake at a time! I just need to use more than one frying pan. :P

Mary Ellen ~ Carolina Momma said...

Looks delicious! We had pancakes on Tuesday.

Mom2fur said...

Well, first, thanks for visiting my blog. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back and say 'hi.'
Second, you are so funny! I hope you now realize you can ask for a half or quarter of anything. I sometimes put Jarlsberg cheese in my mac & cheese. But the pre-packaged kind is so expensive (about 9 dollars a pound!) that I try to just get a quarter pound at the deli counter. And nobody gawks at me, either.
I was a cashier many years ago and at first I thought it was funny when someone bought one apple or one potato. Now, as I try to save money by not being wasteful, I 'get it.'
I rarely buy shrimp, but when it is on sale for half price I'll sometimes get a bag as a 'treat.' Then I just take out what I need. Shrimp is cool like that...it's like it's individually frozen. I can stretch a bag pretty far. I only wish you could freeze lobster--but it is just awful frozen.
I'm glad you enjoyed your Gumbo!

Poppy Buxom said...

Oh my gosh, how true! And how funny! Never say you don't have a sense of humor.

(BTW you won't believe the marketing inquiry I got after my last post! Some people don't seem to realize when I'm being funny!)

Also? That gumbo looks really, really, really good. I want to lick my computer screen. Must be getting close to lunchtime.

Kim said...

I hope you post the recipe!

Milehimama said...

Just wait until you ask for 1/8 pound of roast beef, because you are making ONE sandwich for a quick take out lunch, LOL!

I used to work in a deli, people would ask for odd amounts all the time (like, 5 slices of cheese or 1 c. of grated parmesan, which we sold by the pound!)

BTW - we're having gumbo tonight! It's Friday, so it's meatless and will have red beans instead.

Tracy said...

I attempted my husband's favourite Asian dish last week ~ full of prawns. For five of us at $30/kg it's not a cheap meal to try out.

I chose a night when my daughters were out for dinner and saved them a portion to share after school the next day. I only got about 300g instead of 500g. And then I cut them all in half. They spread through the meal further that way.

We loved it, but it's on the 'special occasion' list!

ecuakim said...

Lol. I never would have thought of that! Awesome!

Sandy Toes said...

I learn new things everyday...things my hubby says I should know!
sandy toe

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

We had shrimp stir fry last night (hubby cooked...I am spoiled). We may do it again tonight. It's on sale at Publix!!

p.s. the girls won't touch shrimp either :)

Sandy said...

I've always skimped on shrimp, cuz of the cost. Now my hubs is allergic to it. NO MORE SHRIMP for us!

Workin' MAMA! said...

Mmmmmmm... If everyone in my house wasn't allergic to seafood - THIS would certainly be part of our week menu -
durn it - Since I see bits of chicken, I'll make do with that and some turkey sausage!
Looks yummy to me tho'!

latrice!

Marsha said...

A few weeks ago I was at our local seafood place and asked the ever-so-adorable "boy" behind the counter if I could just get a quarter pound of the medium, uncooked, tail-on, blah blah blah. I'm the only person who likes shrimp at my house and I didn't want a lot of leftovers.

"Ma'am," he said, "I can give you *one* shrimp if that's what you want. Whatever you want, it's all priced by the pound but available any which way."

Great! I asked for six shrimp. Too cool, eh?