Saturday, August 10, 2013

Summer Shrimp Salad and GIVEAWAY Winners Announced!!



Congratulations to our giveaway winners BakersSpoon and Mayra Dixon!

Thanks so much for following us. We hope these colourful Tibetan flags bring
you lots of luck.


They say I bake too much.  Hey, it makes me happy.
But, the last thing you want to do in this heat wave is work the oven.


Escaping to our front porch is a better idea on hot summer evenings.

We chat about the day's happenings and catch up with the friendly people walking by.

Morning coffee tastes great on that porch, too. 
When I leave for work, I always turn back, looking for Daisy - sometimes I get a fish-face kiss through the window!

When she was a baby, I'd take Daisy outside and we'd settle into my rocking chair. I'd snuggle her in my arms and the cool night air would lull her to sleep.

You know, I do some of my best thinking here.


When we first moved into our house, we strung a prayer flag across the branches of that old fig tree out back. 


Legend has it that Buddha himself wrote prayers onto battle flags that later evolved into the colourful prayer flags we have today.

The different colours represent the Elements of Nature.




Red is fire.
White is the wind.
Blue is for the sky.
Yellow represents land.
Green is for water.

In Tibet, vibrant prayer flags stand boldly against both dusty and icy landscapes. Life is hard in these parts. 

The Sherpa are hearty people who battle the elements in desolate high altitudes. Often, little girls care for younger siblings while their parents work to support the family.

Someone gave me my first prayer flag as a gift years ago and told me to hang it in front of my house, so the wind could carry good fortune into my home. 
Since then, I've always had one.
Last night, I sat on our front porch quietly, thinking of new ideas for dinner.

I closed my eyes and saw that old fig tree, the bright fabric swaying gently back and forth in the breeze... 

The thought of a place far, far away landed me in Tibet, then on further to India, where the Dalai Lamai settled in 1959, followed by a wave of Tibetans.

Suddenly, I remembered an interesting salad I used to make years ago.

One of the first things I made in my early days in the kitchen was actually something that had little, if any, cooking required.

The vibrant colours of the fruit, crisp flavour of the shrimp with a hint of curry make a refreshing dinner on hot summer nights. 
It's been years since I've made it and my sister still remembers how delicious it is.
Are you going to the grocery store today?

Add mangoes to your shopping list.
The green-red oblong ones called Kents have a sweet-tart flavour and chewy texture.

This salad pops. 

It's spicy, cool, crispy, salty, buttery, refreshing all at the same time.




Summer Shrimp Salad


Trader Joe's has a great selection of various types of shrimp, different sizes, both cooked and raw.

The jumbo cooked ones are best for this salad, because you have very little to do.
Just take them out of the freezer and thaw for a few minutes in cold water.

If you can't find the ready-cooked bunch, get the raw. They cook up in no time!
After you take them off the heat, put them on ice to stop the cooking process and
to chill them thoroughly for this refreshing salad.


Serves 4


2 Kent mangoes (the red-green oblong guys)

2 avocados
1 lb jumbo (15-tail) shrimp, frozen & ready cooked
1/2 cup sweet basil
2 jalapeno peppers
1 tsp curry powder
4 Tb Ponzu sauce

1 lime

Remove shrimp from packaging and thaw them in cold water while you prepare the salad.

Wash and rinse the basil.

Cut the jalapeno peppers into thin slices and add to a large bowl.
Grate the zest and squeeze the juice of the lime. Add both to the peppers. 
Add the Ponzu and curry powder.

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin of the mangoes. Cut the fruit up into thin strips 
and lay over the marinating jalapenos.

Cut the avocados in half and carefully remove pits. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh out, 
slice into strips and add to the bowl.

Rinse the shrimp and toss with the ingredients in the bowl.

Divide among four plates or bowls, sprinkle basil leaves on top and serve.




It's true, I do have a raging sweet tooth. 
But, I  adore savory foods, too. 


Salads are the best things to eat in the summertime. 


With all the fresh fruits and vegetables everywhere now, it's easy to get creative.

That old prayer flag in our fig tree brought to mind tropical flavours that came to life in this simple salad.
It's the bounty I imagine the Tibetans enjoyed in their new home of India.


I'm sending some good wishes your way by offering a Tibetan prayer flag to TWO lucky readers!


Winners will be selected randomly on August 30st. 

Enter now!


1-All Facebook fans are automatically entered in giveaways. 


2-Enter a comment below, telling me what you think the flag would inspire you to make.


3- Post to my Facebook page about this salad.


4-Tweet about this giveaway.


It's a wonderful time of year. Look around you for inspiration and see what you can cook up.






33 comments:

  1. I appreciated knowing what the colors of the prayer flag stand for - didn't know, although I do have one in my garden. I love it so. Can't think of what I would cook - maybe a yellow pepper marinara w/green pasta and white beans...can't figure out the blue- sea veg comes to mind but I'm not sure if it would work. I'm vegan and love the challenge.

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    1. I love your recipe idea. Let me know if you make it and how it turns out!

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  2. wow -- gorgeous, gorgeous shrimp and mango. and so delicious together! love knowing about the flat, and I want to hang out with my coffee on your cute porch!

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  3. I often combine lobster, mango and avocado - but never thought to add curry and basil! Next time for sure! And I love the idea of shrimp - TJ has the best frozen and raw shrimps... And langoustine tails, too! I think my Tibetan flag (we were given some for our wedding!) will inspire me to make a langoustine salad that has roasted hatch chiles, avocado, lime, shredded cabbage and a creamy Baja sauce... A fish taco minus the taco! xox

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    1. What a great wedding present! I hadn't thought of that, D.

      Your idea for a fish taco minus the tortilla sound delicious. I haven't tried hatch peppers yet. They're all the craze now. Better get my hands on some! xo

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  4. Colette, this looks like a wonderful summer sald that awakes all the taste buds - it has many different fresh flavors - just perfect for this time of your - love all the colors too. And the story about the Tibetan prayer flag in your fig tree is quite inspiring too! Nice post, Colette!

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    1. Andrea doll, you're gonna love this one!

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  5. Very interesting post about the Tibetan prayer flag. And a wonderfully delicious looking salad! This is my first time here, but I’ll be back. Lovely blog!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy!
      Glad you like my rants and hope you try a recipe or two.

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  6. LOVELY COLORED SALAD,WILL COOL DOWN THE SUMMER WITH ITS REFRESHING TASTE AND TEXTURES
    THANKS FOR THE INFO ABOUT THE FLAG COLORS,NEVER KNEW ABOUT IT :-)

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    1. Nice to meet you, Kumar.
      The thing that intrigues me most is the flag's origin.

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  7. The shrimp salad looks like the perfect dinner, my belly is super hungry for it now!

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    1. It's a great dinner idea, Pamela, especially for an avid gardener like yourself.

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  8. Gorgeous pics and love the story behind the Tibetan prayer flag!Your salad looks perfect for this season and I can see myself enjoying a bowl-full all for me :)

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    1. Soni doll, I could eat the whole bowl, too and not feel guilty!

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  9. Just mouthwatering…looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks, KP. Great to meet you.
      Your mango cake looks decadent.

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  10. Oh that salad sounds so good!
    We eat so much shrimp here on cape cod and are always looking for new ways to eat it!
    No need to enter me in the giveaway--just saying HI

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    1. HI back! Hope this one gives you a fresh idea. It's crazy delicious and easy. xo

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  11. Hey Colette! I love Tibetan prayer flags, but sadly left mine in our shipping container back home in NZ! I'd love the chance to have another one, it might inspire me to try my hand at gluten-free momo's like the ones we ate in Mcleod ganj, India, many moons ago xx

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    1. Hiya, Emma! Thanks for checking in.
      Momos sound lovely - you should do a post and talk about your time in India.
      Would make for some great reading.

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  12. Hi Colette,

    We are having winter now at Australia and sort of temporarily forget how bad heat waves can be but I can imagine baking with heat is worse sitting in a sauna...

    So nice of you to organize this giveaway. These prayer flags remind me peace and happiness. I'm thinking of cooking and eating anything basic like a bowl of steamed rice. I reckon that basic things are great to make me appreciate lots of peaceful feeling for the inner me.

    Zoe

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    1. Zoe, keep warm by baking while you can!
      Forgot we have the opposite seasons. Remember this salad for when your weather warms up.

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  13. Baking makes me happy too :) Along with many people according to this article:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23756645
    This salad looks fantastic! :)

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    1. Hi, Cathleen. Thanks for finding me. Great article. I guess we should keep baking then!

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  14. Ooo - good question! I think I'd pull inspiration from the colors and make something with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables - good for the soul!

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    1. Snixy! I know you'd think up something gorgeous. xo

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  15. i am going to have to try that shrimp salad. looks delicious! i didn't know about the color meanings in prayer flags. thanks for sharing that!

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    1. Hi, Anita doll. You'll love this one. Hope you try it this week. xo

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  16. A beautiful post! the shrimp salad looks so fantastic - very happy to follow you :))
    Mary x

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    1. Thanks, Mary. I love your blog, too. Following! xo

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  17. My kind of salad. Love the prayer flags. I think they and the pictures are beautiful.

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