Hey y'all. We're up and running again - finally. It's been a comedy of errors but I'll spare you the details. We sure have some catching up to do because we've had 4 awesome dinner's since this enforced computer vacation. I'll tell ya' one thing though - it's proved to me just how much time I spend on this darn contraption. I mean the house is cleaned, the windows washed, the laundry done, ironing up to date and I was even contemplating putting a coat of starch in the big guy's underwear. Needless to say, he's going to be VERY happy the computer's home!
Last night's dinner had to be something that would hold well since the big guy's started teaching a late class on Wednesdays. I wanted to try something different and it had to be calorie conscious as well as high in the flavor quotient. I settled on this. Download Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Stew
The trinity of green bell pepper, onion and celery is sauteed in a dutch oven until the vegetables are soft, then joined by some garlic - in our case a lot of garlic, creole seasoning, cayenne and oregano and given a chance to heat up a bit before 6 ounces of smoked andouille sausage hit the pan. After the sausage acquired a little brown color, I added some chicken broth along with a can of Rotel tomatoes and let it simmer for 40 minutes. Just before serving I threw in a can of great northern beans and 8 ounces of peeled and de-veined medium shrimp. Garnished with a little parsley and some extra hot sauce, this simple stew filled some very hungry bellies. It kind of made my eyes "bug" out a tad though I gotta' admit.
It had what the big guy calls "a dew". What that means is there's enough spicy heat that it makes your eyes water and your nose run - mine, not his. What can I say? He's immune to excess spice. Actually, I'll amend that statement to almost immune. I did happen to see him once crying over some home made East Indian hot sauce we picked up at the Millarville Market in Alberta. I should have figured something was up when the vendor asked if we were sure we wanted two jars of the stuff. Now that was HOT!