Friday, December 21, 2012

Sautéed Shrimp, Shiitake Mushrooms and Ginger (serves 1)

sauteed shrimp, shiitake mushrooms and ginger
whole shrimp
This is my 100th blog posting!  It's hard to believe that I actually wrote more than just a few recipes since I started this in August.  I want to thank all of you who have been reading and following my blog.  I have learned a great deal as a result and I will continue to grow and learn from this every day.  Work has been keeping me very busy lately. Because of long hours and coming home later than usual I have not post as much as I would like this month.  I have been eating though!  I still don't post everything I cook, but I do eat all the food that I posted.  For me it is still much quicker to cook without measuring.  However, it has been getting easier for me to measure and time my cooking process these days!!

Sometimes I take my senses for granted.  For the last five days I suffered from a decreased sense of smell and taste from having this nasty cold.  After seeing a large volume of ill patients day after day I was destined to catch something sooner or later.  My husband likes to remind me that I am just exercising my immune system!  Ginger seemed to be one of the few ingredients that I can taste so I decided to make this dish.  I love the combination of fresh ginger and shrimp and this is perfect for my diminished senses.  I like to eat this dish with freshly cooked rice.  However, you can put this on a toasted baguette for an appetizer; you can add a sprinkle of fresh chopped chives or scallions on top for a nice presentation.

Sautéed Shrimp, Shiitake Mushrooms and Ginger (serves 1)

Ingredients:

1 lb shrimp, washed, shelled, butterflied and deveined
1 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
1/2 oz young ginger, peeled and finely julienned
3 large garlic cloves, crushed and minced
1/2 tsp fish sauce
Ground black pepper (to taste and to garnish)
A large pitch of red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp olive oil

Method:

1) Heat oil in a medium size pan over high heat.
2) Once the pan is hot add ginger and garlic, turn heat down to medium and saute for 1-2 minutes.
3) Add shiitake mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes.
4) Add shrimp, stir occasionally until shrimp curls up and cooked thoroughly, about 4-5 minutes.
5) Add fish sauce, peppers and cook for 1 minute.
6) Scoop the contents out onto a dish or bowl and sprinkle with more black pepper if desired.

just a few sparks to celebrate my 100th posting!  :--)

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