Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tangy Shrimp Salad
Here's a quick and easy recipe for Tangy Shrimp Salad. Shred some romaine lettuce in bowls or on plates. Chop a red bell pepper and toss on top of the lettuce. Open a small can of tiny shrimp and toss on top of the lettuce and peppers. For the dressing, in a separate bowl put about 1/4 cup of ketchup, add two teaspoons of prepared horseradish, add a few dashes of hot sauce, then add in some vinegar to make the dressing thin. Drizzle the dressing over each salad, grind a generous amount of fresh black pepper over each salad and serve immediately.
As Gary and I were eating the Tangy Shrimp Salad from a paper bowl, I was wondering what type of ceramic plate the salad would look attractive on. I thought of a flat plate with a gray or black glaze and a little squiggle of lime green over the top as an accent color. I seem to be looking at food in a whole new way, wondering what shape and color plate would complement the food. How about you, do you think of glazes which will complement food? I like the plate on the left which is more square rather than oblong for a salad. An oblong plate might be good for sushi or crackers and cheese.
I had a slip decoration on these two plates but I didn't like it so I wiped it off. I thought I'd texture the plates. I looked around for something to use and my old bamboo back scratcher was lying about, so I scratched away on the diagonal, then I took the scratcher and gently hit the plates a few times randomly. I think I got this back scratcher in San Francisco in the 1970s. Now that's a tool with longevity.
I love all the oak trees around here, they are so beautiful with their curving branches and the moss and ferns growing on the limbs. If all goes well, in two more days we'll be in our new home. Ugh, moving, unpacking, arranging, rearranging, electrician to wire a kiln, etc. all necessary evils for an end result of firing the pieces I've been working over the last several months. Stay tuned for photos of the new place coming up. Comments and suggestions are welcome.