Well, here we go! It’s time for our next international adventure. This time we’re heading back to Africa for a culinary visit with Mozambique. Mozambique is in southeast Africa and borders the Indian ocean. Now what I was surprised to learn is that the official language of Mozambique is actually Portuguese; and like the language, the food is infused with Portuguese influence.
For our first recipe, we went with one that had a high chance of success around here – Shrimp Mozambique. Not only did it promise to be simple, but we’re all big shrimp fans. We started today’s recipe by melting some butter in a large skillet and then tossing in some diced shallots.
Mr. N and Miss A, while a little grossed out initially, did a great job. I only found two partial shells in the mix. With our shrimp peeled it was time to pick our hot sauce of choice. This time we went with Cholula.
It ended up a bit more green than we were expecting. The kids were definitely afraid to eat this one. They’re still into avoiding things that are green, and I have to admit I was a bit uneasy about the color too. However, after my first taste, this was actually pretty good. It’s almost like a scampi, but with a spicy twist. It ended up with 3 spoons from me.
Miss A was the last to try the shrimp. In fact it took a bit of coaxing. While Mike, Mr. N and I were all eating and chatting Miss A was busy carving into the kitchen table. Yes, that’s right. I looked up and saw her using her fork to carve into the kitchen table. I told her to stop, that we didn’t carve into furniture and that forks were for eating. She said, “But mom, I have to finish my smiley face.” I said no, she had to finish her dinner. She then asked if she could eat her shrimp under the table. Well, we knew where that would go…So once we finally got her to consent to try the shrimp, she actually ended up liking it. She said she gave it sixteen-hundred spoons. LOL. We’re going to say she really gave it 2 spoons though. I doubt she’d want to eat it again, but she did get through some of it that night.
Now I know that carving into furniture is not something that should be condoned, but I have to admit, after dinner I secretly went over to check out her artwork in the hopes that she finished her smiley. I thought, you know someday, I’m going to really love that being in our table. It’s faint, but if you look very closely it’s there. Kind of like how last year Mr. N added some graffiti to his brand new swing set. I wasn’t happy about it at the time, but it’s one of those things that captured a moment in time. Have a great weekend everyone and we’ll see you next week with some more from Mozambique. Tee hee. 😉
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