Anna and I both happened to be at the beach last week (different beaches). Relaxing at the beach took me back to the food we ate during our annual trip to Emerald Isle, NC with dear family friends. We had some sort of fresh seafood most nights, and my mom often made peel n’ eat shrimp. That’s one of Anna’s family beach trip traditions too!
As I watched my children and their cousins laughing and diving and jumping waves, I found myself reflecting on Anna’s most recent post An Open Letter to My Daughter’s Camp Counselor. When we focus on what not to eat or what we think we are supposed to eat, or weight loss; we miss out on life. Instead of enjoying connecting with friends and family, we are distracted. Food provides opportunities to create meaningful connections, traditions and memories.
Peel N’ Eat Shrimp
Anna and I each make peel n’ eat shrimp a little differently. I make it the way my mom did: by seasoning the water with some veggies, salt and lemon. Anna’s family cooks the shrimp in unseasoned water. I love this! It doesn’t get any easier!! We had cocktail sauce my mom made by mixing horseradish into ketchup. I think we also had plain ketchup for those who didn’t want any spice. Anna’s family sets out horseraddish and ketchup to allow everyone to make their sauce as spicy or mild as they like.
I’m so glad I made peel n’ eat shrimp when I was at the beach! WHY don’t I make this for dinner at home sometimes??? It’s SO EASY! And the smell of the water as it came to a boil with plenty of salt, celery, carrot, onion and some fresh, flat leaf parsley took me back to heart warming memories of our yearly trips to Emerald Isle.
Another method is to roast it in the oven instead of boiling it. I’m definitely going to try that soon!