Monday, March 29, 2010

Moroccan Chic and Quick Creole Shrimp

So there probably isn't anything Morrocan about shrimp (is there?) except maybe the colours of both this outdoor room and this beautiful shrimp dish are delightful...and similar!

I LOVE moroccan decor, I gravitate towards the jewel tones and the wonderful dreaminess of softly draped fabrics. Some of the fabric can be heavy but I don't mind that either now and then in the right setting.
These photos are from the book Moroccan Chic which Alkemie posted on. See the blog here, I just LOVE it, always amazing photos.

The table above would be a perfect setting for your shrimp dish! It's from the Spring 2010 Kraft magazine. My hubby and I loved it, I just omitted the cajun seasoning for my kids. We served it over pasta the first time we made it and rice the second. Both were yummies!

Quick Creole Shrimp

~ 1 lb. frozen uncooked shrimp, thawed
~ 1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
~ 1/4 cup Kraft Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sun Dried Tomato Dressing (I didn't have it so I used Red Pepper and Parmesan and it was awesome)
~ 2 cloves garlic, minced
~ 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

Toss shrimp with seasoning. Heat a medium skillet on medium-high. Add dressing and garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.

Stir in shrimp, cook 2-3 minutes or til done. Top with parsley.

Serve over pasta or rice.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Sunny Bathroom and Kid Friendly Cran Pom Bellinis

I seem to be posting a lot about drinks these days. I can't help it, I just love a yummy drink! And it doesn't even have to have alcohol! It's something special you can do for yourself, when you are having one of those days like I did today. This one looks so pretty and that evokes happiness! I have sick kidlets right now and I'm dying to take a bath and have a yummy drink.

I LOVE this bathroom, I love bathrooms with windows, the natural light is so heavenly. This bathroom would look beautiful all candlelit in the evening.

Enjoy a bath and try this recipe. I'm going to! Even the kids can have it, when they are all better that is. : )

  • Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis

    1 cup ice
  • 1 1/2 cups simple syrup, recipe follows
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened pomegranate juice, chilled
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 (25.3 fluid ounces) bottle sparkling water, chilled
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, for garnish
  • Optional garnish: 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) pomegranate seeds
  • Special equipment: a 6 to 8 cup capacity punch bowl


Place the ice in a punch bowl. Add the simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and cranberry juice. Stir well. Slowly pour in the sparkling water. Garnish with lime slices, mint sprigs and pomegranate seeds, if using, and serve.

Serving Suggestion: As an alternative to serving from a punch bowl, make the bellini mixture in a 6 to 8 cup capacity pitcher. Divide the pomegranate seeds between 12 champagne flutes. Add 1 slice of lime and 1 sprig of mint to each glass. Pour the bellini mixture into the prepared glasses and serve.

Simple syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

In a saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and allow the syrup to cool.

~ Photo from Alkemie

~ Recipe from Giada De Laurentiis