However, I only started cooking a few years ago, and I couldn't pull any recipes from my mom because they were all casseroles. The only spices she knew were salt and pepper. Really, her eating habits have changed a bunch since we moved in together as well. People always ask my favorite dish, or best dish or whatever. This is when I realized my recipe base was rather slim. So, I have decided to cook one new recipe each week. If it sucks, I buy pizza. If it doesn't suck, I add it to my arsenal. I now have a list of 20+ recipes on the fridge, one new each week, and mom chooses which one we're doing each week. Thus begins my new series, the Cooking Corner!
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a professional chef. I got all of my recipes off of the internet or from cookbooks. I have never been to culinary school and I don't have a fancy kitchen. Essentially, if I can do it, so can you! You can make GOURMET foods in your home for MUCH cheaper than a restaurant!
This week was the beginning, and it was Coconut Shrimp with Pina Colada Sauce. Seriously! We got half a pound of peeled, cleaned shrimp from our local grocer for around $5. This and a can of crushed pineapple were the only ingredients that was completely exhausted tonight, so we have left over ingredients for next time of: powdered sugar, sweetened coconut flakes, corn starch, spiced rum, pina colada mix, and bread crumbs. This recipe was compliments of the food and cooking app on my Windows 8 computer.
First I made the sauce. Ingredients are
- 1 cup pina colada mix
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 TBL Crushed Pineapple (drained)
- 1 TBL Sweetened Coconut Flakes
- 3 TBL Powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp Corn Starch
- 3 tsp cold water
Next it was the shrimp! First, butterfly the shrimp so that they cook through. For the breading, I got three bowls ready. The first contained 1/2 cup corn starch. The second contained 1 cup plain bread crumbs, 1/4 cup corn starch, and 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes, mixed real well. The final (which I put in the middle of the other two) was 1/2 cup pina colada mix, 1 TBL powdered sugar, and 3 TBL Spiced Rum. The dipping process went Corn Starch, Pina Colada, Bread Crumbs, Pina Colada, Bread Crumbs. This essentially gave it a double breading. Then, into the pot it went!
|The Shrimp in the Pot|
|Check out that beautiful golden brown pile|
|Unless you're feeding a bunch, don't be stupid and add pasta like we did|
Next week's meal? Chicken and Goat's Cheese Pinwheels with Tomato Butter Sauce. And remember, I'm 24 and a grad student in music, NOT culinarily trained. Any questions, tips, or suggestions?! LEAVE A COMMENT! And PLEASE follow my blog. If you check out the side bar, there's a fancy new facebook link where you can like my page!