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Paella Slow Xmas Dinner

seafood
I See Food I Eat It

Not down with all the traditional stuff for the most part & we have excellent seafood around these parts, so… thought we’d go all rogue on xmas & do some Paella.

These folks were great: http://wildsalmonseafood.com/

There were so many recipes & different takes on this dish it made it hard, but decided upon full seafood feast. Knew this would be a tough one in the crock since doing seafood or rice in slow cooker is a challenge – challenge accepted. I got served on one of those – read on.

The ingredients for the most part are quite standard with the exception of one: saffron. Seriously saffron, get over yourself. You are not worth $12.00 for a pinch (unless a happy ending was involved). Maybe the dish suffered cause I wouldn’t put out, but my kid gave it a “delicious” so there.

Ingredients:

  • paella_plate_1
    Tentacles

    1 cup long grain white rice

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chic broth
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 small tomatoes, diced
  • pinch of ground saffron ( I don’t think so)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 lb fresh medium shrimp, shelled and tails removed
  • 1/2 lb fresh sea scallops, cleaned
  • 1 1/2 lb mussels (debearded – rub the crap off them)
  • 1/2 lb squid parts (tentacles included, whee!)
  • 1 8 oz bag frozen peas, thawed and drained
  • 1 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges

Rections:

paella_plate
Plate of It

Put rice, water, broth, tomato, onion, garlic, cayenne, salt/pepper, (once again – screw you saffron) in crock & mix up thoroughly. Set to HIGH for 2 hrs ( I forgot time, let it go extra hr & that was a mistake).

At the 2hr mark, add the seafood & place red bell on top – cook on HIGH for 30+ mins (red bell I forgot, too many eggnogs possibly) – keep an eye on it. I said keep eye on it dammit!  Once the squid starts to curl & the mussels start to open up you should take it out! This is important as the squid will get chewy & the mussels will start to cook to the shell.

Remarks:

This turned out pretty darn good & as mentioned, my son ate tentacles & all. Was a bit wary cooking this in the crock, but if you have the time to check on it – you’ll come out a winner. The only thing I’d like to figure out is the rice aspect – either it is not done or over done. What the hell rice make up your mind!

Sidenotes:

acorns
Acorns / Buckeyes

We also made “buckeyes“. Seriously not a baker – way to messy, but  wanted cookies or something… my fav is peanut butter cups so thought this would do the trick. DO NOT confuse blender with beaters. Once we smelled burnt plastic, it was all manual. After slight SNAFU, treat came out quite nice. Although the 2 cups of confectioners sugar – excuse me – powdered sugar made me wonder if this was a good idea.

Had a great afternoon & got to share something that I love doing – cooking. Bought gifts, booze, romance novels & whatnot, but my son said to me (queue the strings) – “Can you show me how to cook?”. Can I? Hell yes I can.

You complete me (sob). Merry/Happy whatever you celebrate, P.

Sweet Taters & Shrimp Smooth Out

I stepped out of my wheelhouse for this one. Not much for sweet potatoes, coconut milk nor much of anything unless it speaks to me. Thought would just go for the main vein & make something different (besides awful veggie dish).

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curry that dammit

Lets get it on!

1 tblsp olive oil
2 onions
4 cloves garlic
1 tblsp minced ginger root
2 tblsp green curry paste (added a bit more…)
2 sweet taters (used a couple of big ones) – dice them up
1 tblsp fresh lime (you might want to use that stuff from fake lemon, don’t)
1/2 cup coconut milk (used the low calorie stuff)
1 lb cooked shrimp (used the tail on ones – I contemplated getting fresh, but way lazy) – if frozen, allow to thaw in fridge beforhand
1/4 toasted almonds (skipped this cause I forgot to buy)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro – added last

Additional: basamati rice (2-3 cups is good – to get underneath the crock goodness)
of course you need to cook that rice dumbass, need I say more, I didn’t think so.

First, do onions in pan, then add garlic & ginger – trans to crock.

Second, add sweet potatoes to crock – stir that mess up! Set the phasers to 8hr low / 4hr hi (I did hi since we needed to eat lunch during game). Seriously, could this be more of a girly dish for a football game? Hell, no. Real men do the shrimps.

Thirdly, at almost end of cooking period, mix curry paste, mothers milk & lime juice together in small bowl. Add to crock along w/ the shrimps.

Fourthly, put crock on hi setting for a good 30 mins for that crap to mingle.

Tim Curry eat your ass out

End.

Wow, was not at all expecting what came about – don’t like to mix fruit/sweet with my dining experiences, but this was pretty damn good.

Dish it up on top of rice & add some fresh cilantro & if you’re feeling frisky a dollop of greek yogurt. You can add some amazing naan bread too – fat-ass with the carbs and such. Just kidding, you’re skinny.

Crock out, P.