It’s been so long since I’ve shared something quintessentially Salty Seattle on this blog, that I figured- it’s time. I mean, what’s a girl like me doing blathering on about biscuits and giveaways when what you really want me to talk about is food sorcery, right? Don’t worry, I still get up to my artful antics several times a week, it’s just that with the advent of instagram, I find it so much easier to post pictures of the more adventurous creations there because I’m lazy. With instagram all I have to come up with is a brief synopsis of what I made, along with an overexposed, triple-filtered image.
Here, you people like recipes. And step-by-step photographic documentation. And stories about how I somehow managed to set my hair on fire while peering into a pot of gently simmering sweet corn gnocchi. Remember that show, Making of the Video? It ran from 1999-2009. Even then, our attention spans were longer. We wanted the behind-the-scenes. Now we want the finished product, spit-polished and available for download on iTunes, as long as it’s not more than three minutes long. Verbose blogs are rapidly going the way of Making of the Video only to be replaced by quick and dirty sites like instagram (which I love) and pinterest (which I loathe). And I’m adapting. But every once in a while, something comes along that needs ink, and my dinner last night qualifies as one of those somethings.
Here in Washington State, it’s spot prawn season. Spot prawns are jumpy, sweet little crustaceans with gooey central nervous systems that taste like mermaid menses (yes, that’s a complement) and bodies that curl like a kitten in the crook of an elbow. They are simultaneously adorable, hideous and delicious. There are two ways to eff up live spot prawns- one is to overcook them and the other is not to cook them soon enough. If you don’t cook the prawns while they’re still alive, they will taste off and will very likely make you ill. If you overcook them, you might as well not bother and go buy yourself a bag of frozen shrimp like the Costco cog that you are. Read more