Sunday, January 01, 2006

This is the final plating of the shrimp extravaganza. Clockwise from the top, we have Trader Joe's naan (frozen--surprisingly good). One of these could have served both of us, but we heated two of these at 450 degrees in the oven for 5 minutes. They're bulkier than what you'll find at the local Indian restaurant, but tasty nonetheless. Continuing around the plate, we have the Bam!!! grilled shrimp. Since we were so conservative with the essence, they were nearly unseasoned. We'll hit a middle ground next time, I'm sure. At 6 o'clock, the Thai red curry on Trader Joe's jasmine rice. This was way too spicy for me. Next time, twice as much coconut milk and half as much curry paste. The rice was perfect. Finally, at the top is the scampi on linguine. It was much improved after seasoning with salt and the tinest bit of peccorino romano cheese. John would have preferred it without the sugar snap peas. I agree. The peas were so sweet raw, that I've been having the uncooked ones in salad since. As always, room for improvement.

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