Friday, January 23, 2015

"fruit of the sea" ...Day 23

Yes, the title of this one is from Forrest Gump.  I couldn't resist.  My series of paintings would not be complete without shrimp.  Boiled Shrimp.  Not steamed.  We always said "boiled" but it is pronounced more like "bald" than "boiled".  Fresh shrimp off the boat, thrown in boiling salt water (just like they just came out of) with a little Old Bay for about 2 or 3 minutes...just until the water comes back to a boil, drain and then good squeeze of lemon juice....and you have absolute perfection.  So very simple and unadorned so that fresh sweet taste can come through.  No cocktail sauce please.  And no shrimp from Thailand or wherever they are imported from and no farmed shrimp please.  Wild caught from shrimpers that have been catching them for generations.  I'll get off my soapbox now :)

Growing up shrimp was a normal meal, like chicken.  That's the beauty of living on the coast I guess. I love them any way that they are prepared but my favorite is just boiled.  On special occasions like July 4th or family get togethers we would have low country boil.  If you aren't familiar with that dish, I included the recipe below.  I've never painted shrimp before... but they were fun.  And then, I got to eat them.  Even better.

fruit of the sea
8" x 8" oil on canvas panel

Low Country Boil

Six ears of fresh corn broken in half to make 12 pieces total
12 small new potatoes
Smoked sausage cut into 3 inch pieces to yield about 12-15 pieces
4 lbs of fresh medium size shrimp, not peeled
4 tbsp Old Bay or more or less to taste
Kosher Salt

You need a very large pot that everything can fit into and still have enough water to cover everything.  Salt the water so it tastes like sea water and add Old Bay.  Bring to a rolling boil.  Add potatoes and cook 15 minutes on medium high (keep pot at a slow boil for the whole cooking time).  Add sausage to the pot and cook for 5 minutes. Add corn and cook for 5 more minutes.  Add shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.  Drain and dump out onto a big platter (or we just cover the table with paper) and enjoy.  This serves about 6-8 people.


If you have ever wanted to learn to paint or would like to dust off your brushes, I hope you will sign up for my class.  I am teaching a great weekly class painting from life starting next month:
Day: Wednesday's 9:30-11:30am

Where: Butler Studio Rm.301A
Dates: February 18,25 March 4,11
Price: $200 with materials 
for more information or to sign up click this link:  Butler Studio

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