Sunday, April 6, 2008
Friday we went to lunch at the Spaghetti Works. I wanted my usual grilled Amberjack fish, but, alas, they were out. You catch Amberjack about 50 miles out in the gulf and it was rough seas most of the week. Lucky me, the special was chicken fried steak. And it was the best I have ever had. Real steak, homemade gravy, and their always luscious red skin garlic mashed potatoes. And the southern staples, canned green beans with a soft white roll. Paul had fried shrimp, made with the cornbread type coating. The soup was a tomato with vegetables. So good. The vegetables were just the right softness, the broth was creamy.
It occured to me in the middle of the night that you Yankees might not know what is in a shrimp boil. Usual ingredients are redskin potatoes, garlic, sausage, sweet corn, and lots of fresh gulf shrimp. Oh, don't forget the fire spices. First of all it is cooked in huge pots on big outdoor gas burners. Sometimes the whole thing is cooked at once and dumped on the newspaper covered table, sometimes you just dip it out of the broth. James separated all the ingredients and they were on platters like a buffet. I really like it that way. The sweet corn was excellent and there are no blisters on my lips this morning. The photo is James cooking. FYI - we went to Mexico with James and Roma, remember the purse photo?
The shrimp boats have been out almost every day this week, so lots of fresh shrimp. We watch them head in and then head for the harbor.