Sunday, 28 February 2016

Spain 2016 - Los Perros Espanol and cajun shrimp

It was a stay at home day today, we try to interchange them with driving days, so the start of this blog is for
who spends most Sundays training and/or supervising dogs.
Caught in the act. Nicola took this picture of a garbage hunting dog in El Rocio. He was more interested in the garbage than the treats in her pocket.
Dachshund in Seville. (I did have room for him Pam)
Puppy (I think) snoozing in a sunny street, Punta del Moral
German shepherd guarding the hair salon (which is never open) in Punta del Moral.
Joined by his little Yorkie street level guard.
Dog among the oranges in Sanlucar de Guadiana.

We have been hearing a cat meowing, loudly, in the apartment building. The sound reverberates in the cement garage and staircases.
So to compensate for all the perros here's a gato too.
Mum and I popped over to El Jamon to make sure we had what we needed before tomorrows bank holiday. There were 23 large fishing boats in at the wharf.
At El Jamon (the grocery store in Punta de Moral) we were behind a man in line who had at least 6 dozen eggs, 60lbs of potatoes, a huge bag of peppers etc. We were thinking; a restaurant or a very large family but we later saw him load them on to one of the fishing boats. They are gone from the wharf, we assume out to sea, all week so they have to eat.
They seem to be, quite often, named after a man and woman, perhaps the couple who own them. The names also often start with Nuevo implying they had an old boat.
These are up high and dry, even at high tide, and I like the Octopus logo.
I took a long walk along the beach front pathway, stopped after about 5km for a cafe con leche and vino tinto and then returned.
For those of you who think I have been neglecting the culinary component of this blog, we went looking for something different to do with shrimp and made this recipe for dinner tonight. It was a hit and we will do it at home too.

Cajun shrimp and cream sauce over pasta.

Marinate a pound of cooked shrimp in 2 tbsp of olive oil and 2 cloves of garlic (minced). Sprinkled with cajun spice, for at least half an hour. Warm through in a frying pan with the marinade.

Cook 1/2 a chopped onion in 2 tbsp of butter.
Add 2 cloves of garlic (minced) and 6 diced mushrooms. Cook a few minutes.
Mix in 2 tbsp of flour, stir it in.
Add gradually, 1/2 cup cream and 1 cup milk, stirring constantly to mix.
Add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve sauce over pasta with shrimp on top. Grated Parmesan on top if you like.
The "bite" of the cajun shrimp was a nice contrast to the creamy, cheesy sauce. The recipe made enough for 4. Mum said we made enough for Nicky, pity she wasn't here.

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