Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Ginger Shrimp (Courtesy Steve Simels)

About a year ago, Steve Simels was kind enough to share with me this fabulous recipe for Ginger Shrimp. As he said in his e-mail to me, "Trust me - your tongue will throw a party for your mouth." Without exception, this has been one of the most popular dishes I have ever served my friends ~ they all clamor (pardon the pun) for the recipe. The great Mr. Simels wants to make sure that I attribute this to a late, acclaimed chef in New York City, but at the moment, I can't remember his name. So Chef, I bow in your general direction. And Steve, I offer this up in honor of you!

Ginger Shrimp
1# shrimp, deveined, with tails intact


1 T chopped, fresh ginger (1 t ground ginger works, too)

1/4 t red pepper flakes

2 T finely chopped parsley (2 t dried parsley is okay)

1 bay leaf

1/4 teason thyme

2 T olive oil

Juice of half a lemon

salt and pepper, to taste

Combine the marinade ingredients and mix well. Marinate the shrimp at room temperature for a half an hour.

Meanwhile, melt:

6 T butter, combined with one crushed clove of garlic.

Broil or grill the shrimp for a minute or two. Turn them over, and
broil for 2 - 3 additional minutes.

Transfer to a warm serving dish.

*You can serve with pasta or rice ~ your preference, and your preference of
a salad or vegetable.


Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year!

Pukebot, over at Eschaton, posted this comment, on New Year's Eve, which I am holding near and dear to my heart for 2006. Thirteen beautiful practices to live life to the fullest. I pledge that I will do my best to attempt to structure my life around these simple disciplines in 2006.

Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: "My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes." He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.

  1. In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
  2. Retire at a regular hour.
  3. Partake of food at regular intervals.
  4. Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction.
  5. Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone.
  6. When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.
  7. Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.
  8. When an opportunity comes do not let it pass by, yet always think twice before acting.
  9. Do not regret the past.
  10. Look to the future.
  11. Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
  12. Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep.
  13. Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.

Thanks for the inspiration, Pukebot.