With few exceptions, friends are no longer cooking, choosing to eat out or pick up something at one of Houston’s many takeout places. While I enjoy getting out of the kitchen from time to time, I must confess to enjoying home cooked more than most prepared foods. So does another friend, so once each week we share dinner at home, taking turns preparing the meal. Not only does this give each of us a night off, but we thoroughly enjoy the time we and our hubbys spend together.
Just as comfortable as our time together are our tables, nothing fancy just a simple setting.
Knowing how much I like bottles, a friend had brought these little ones, each filled with flowers that just happened to blend perfectly with the colors in the runner and the bottles that were already on the table.
So, for our casual dinner, all that had to be added were napkins, plates and cutlery. How simple!
The napkin rings are wooden animal shapes that were purchased in Kenya. They are always happy reminders of that trip.
With little effort, we are ready for our shared dinner.
This night we are having Grace Young’s Stir Fried Shrimp with Rum. Stir frying is one of my favorite methods of cooking, and as you can see my wok is much used! What I like about stir frying is that it doesn’t require large quantities of anything, it is a simple and healthy way to cook and the result is always tasty.
Stir Fried Shrimp with Rum
1 lb. large shrimp
Juice of 1/2 lime
3 T. ketchup
3 T. rum
2 t. soy sauce
1/4 t. ground white pepper
2 T. peanut or coconut oil
1 T. minced garlic
1 T. minced ginger
1/2 t. salt
1 tomato, cut into thin wedges
1 green pepper, cut into thin strips
1 onion, cut into thin wedges
1 T. finely chopped cilantro
Combine ketchup, rum, soy sauce and ground white pepper in a small bowl.
Heat wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1-2 seconds. Swirl in the oil, add the garlic and ginger. Stir fry 10 seconds or until the aromatics are fragrant. Push the aromatics to the sides of the wok, add the shrimp evenly in one layer. Cook undisturbed 1 minute. Sprinkle with salt and stir fry until shrimp begins to turn orange. Add tomatoes, bell pepper and onions and stir fry 1 minute or until the shrimp have turned almost totally orange. Swirl the ketchup mixture into the wok and stir fry an additional minute. Add cilantro.
Serve over rice for a 4 person main course. Enjoy!
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