RDJ-- Spanish Style Shrimp, 10-25-12
Oct 25, 2012 06:11 PDT
Volume 15 Number 205
US Library of Congress ISSN: 1530-3292
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Spanish Style Shrimp with Garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 bay leaf
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 lemon wedges
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pepper,
garlic, and bay leaf; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Increase heat
to medium-high. Add shrimp; sauté until shrimp have pink or orange
markings and white, opaque flesh (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat.
Sprinkle with salt. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve
with lemon wedges. Makes 4 servings.
Amount per serving
Calories from fat: 31%
Saturated fat: 0.9g
Monounsaturated fat: 3g
Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
Simply Tim: "Zen Kind of Day"
Wikipedia tells us the word Zen "is derived from the Japanese
pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word Dzyen (Modern Mandarin: Chán),
which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhy?na, which can be
approximately translated as "absorption" or "meditative state". For me,
if there is such a thing as Zen, it's encompassed in the act of
Especially the "absorption" part.
Like today, when I got up around 3 AM (which is pretty much my norm),
although the previous couple of days I had hopped out of bed around 9 AM
because I had had some late-sleeping company. Since my friend, Walt,
would be driving down from Pennsylvania later this afternoon -- an
8-hour trip -- I figured I'd do a quick cleanup. After a while, the
cleanup was done and I decided to go down to my basement studio to spend
a couple hours painting.
That's when the Zen thingy kicked in and I floated off into an intense
concentration that was broken only by the need for a pee-break. My
couple of hours of absorption was over. But, when I climbed the steps
and pushed into the kitchen upstairs, everything was dark. How could
that be? I distinctly remembered going down to my basement and it had
been mid-morning daylight. Now, outdoors was an ominous pitch black. How
long had I been absorbed in my "meditative state"? The clock on the wall
and the sulky darkness outside suggested it was 6 PM.
My mind fell apart. I could not believe I had painted for 13 hours. I
could not comprehend that it was 6 PM, or that it was so very, very dark
outside my windows. I figured there had to be an eclipse going on out
there -- hadn't I recently heard something in the news about an upcoming
eclipse? I stepped outside and shielded my eyes. Heavy clouds obscured
my view. I could not see the sky; everything was hushed and dark and
silent as a stone. My brain had ascended beyond Zen and had quit working
I was scared.
Worried that Walt had yet to arrive, I called Walt's house. His wife,
Andrea, told me Walt had just left. Wow, he had left after dinner and
was running late! I did the math -- Walt would be arriving somewhere
around 3 AM. I took a shower, and when I walked into the living room --
it was daylight outside. I *had* witnessed an eclipse! I went back down
to my studio and contemplated Armageddon and the terror that eclipses
must have caused through the ages.
A clock on a tool shelf flashed 9 AM. But I didn't notice. Instead, I
was thinking about how Armageddon must be like walking from a bright
basement studio with a lingering hint of turpentine and linseed oil, and
stepping, eyes wide open into an eclipse.
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