Mmmm. Makes me hungry just to look at them.
I've been really into shrimp lately. As a food, that is. I know that
some people think they are bottom feeders and such; but I figure that
everything works its way up the food chain anyway, so why not enjoy the
tasty little critters.
I was originally concerned that shrimp might come under the prohibitions
of Book 125 of the Book of the Dead, which states:
that I have not captured the birds of the preserves of the gods
that I have not captured the fish of the preserves of the gods
that I have not eaten the cattle of the gods
I didn't think that shrimp would come under the category of fish. So I
consulted my then-girlfriend about it as a kind of legal counsel, and
she said she thought shrimp would be okay. Which was good enough for me.
To be honest, I occasionally eat the cattle of the gods anyway. Though
not very often.
As for the birds of the gods, I really don't like chicken that much
anymore. My poultry is pretty much limited to turkey slices for a
sandwich. They didn't have turkeys in ancient Egypt anyway. Turkeys
are New World birds. So I think I'm safe there, too. Assuming, of
course, that I'm not just parsing the matter way too thin.
Evidently the Christian Bible seems to be a little more concerned with
eating shrimp. (The site is a parody, by the way.)
Moving on to something a little more scientific, shrimp are kind of
high in cholesterol. So if you are watching your cholesterol, you will
want to factor the shrimp you eat into your daily allowance.
Shrimp are not very high in protein. Which doesn't make them a good
candidate as a possible future food resource for the world's hungry
nations. Which is really too bad, because they are not only good tasting
but they are very easy to farm, and at least for the smaller operations
are environmentally friendly.
I gave up a long time ago trying to cook oriental food at home. Even
when I follow the recipe to the letter it never tastes the same as in
the restaurants. So for stuff like Thai Shrimp, I go to the restaurants.
There is also a frozen type Thai shrimp available at my grocery store.
It's called Contessa brand Thai Curry Shrimp. It comes with a chili
dipping sauce that is quite tangy. And you just stick it in the oven and
heat it. If you need to stay home but want shrimp, I recommend it.
Besides the spicy oriental types of shrimp dinners, I still like the
old-fashioned deep-fried battered shrimp they serve here in the States.
In fact prior to 1984 I had never even eaten prawns, only the battered
shrimp. Then I went out to a seafood place with my friend Fran, and we
ordered prawns as an appetizer. She taught me how to pinch off the tail
sections. Thanks, Fran!
I don't like Japanese cooking, so I don't like their shrimp recipes,
either. There are lots of Italian recipes for shrimp, such as shrimp
scampi. I like pretty much all of those.
The cost of shrimp went up dramatically here in the States for a while
following the hurricane season which bred Katrina. The gulf shrimp
industry, the largest in the U.S., was really hard hit that year. But
things seem to be picking up a little bit now and the industry is
recovering. And the price of shrimp has gone back down a bit.
The U.S. also imports shrimp. There is a ban on the importation of
shrimp from countries whose industries do not support the protection of
sea-turtles. So the next time you sit down to that Sweet and Sour Shrimp
dinner, you can do so knowing that no actual sea-turtles were harmed in
the making of your meal.
There are plenty of recipes for shrimp on the net. So many that I won't
even bother linking any of them. A simple Google search will get you
about 100 of them.
In the States, there is now a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company franchise that
serves various shrimp dishes. But we don't have one here in Spokane yet.
I've been getting more into crab, too; even though I never used to like
crab. I suppose that crab, like shrimp, are not in the same category as
fish on the ancient protected list. Or so I hope.