What's on your plate?

What's on your plate?

Hello there, ladies and gents!

 

Keeping in line with all the fun and interactive threads asking about your most recent halls, items you have your eyes on, what you're currently wearing, what's your hair routine, and more, I've decide to branch out and ask:

 

"What's on your plate?"

 

The beauty world doesn't just stop at skin care and cosmetics, it also goes hand in hand with your overall health and well-being, so with that, I'm curious to see what we're all chowing down and snacking on be it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, or inbetween!

 

For those with apps that help count calories or to those who just want to keep a log, here's a place to share, possibly find and share some recipes, and even tips on maintaining a balanced diet.

 

Don't just share food items, but even drinks! I'm a huge fan of tea and at least have a cup of green tea a day (anti-oxidants) and drink plenty of water.

 

For lunch today, I had:

 

-Brown rice

-Steamed egg

-Steamed red snapper with green onion, sesame oil, and black pepper

-Gai lan (it's a type of Chinese vegetable/greens)

 

Now, tell me, Beauty Talk world, what do you have? Smiley Very Happy

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My dad is at it again.  

 

Hot and Sour Soup

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Shrimp Fried Rice

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We bought these shrimp whole - with the heads and tails still on.  Since I don't cook I volunteered to clean them.  Hadn't done it before and man, is it messy!  But it was kinda fun too Smiley Happy

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Wow that looks delicious! 

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It totally was!

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I love peeling and prepping shrimp! You should tempura fry some next! ^_^

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I'm intimidated by preparing shrimp for cooking (the peeling and prepping). Does that sound weird?

 

Any advice on techniques, etc. would be appreciated...

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It's not weird.  My mom wasn't willing to do it (in this case though I think it was because they still had their heads).  

 

Since these had heads I twisted the head off first.  When you do that you can see the digestive tract.  So I start pulling that out (whatever I can get out at that point).  Then get a pairing knife and split the shell along the length of the shrimp.  Then it easily pulls away.  The hardest part is removing all of the digestive tract.  I just pulled it out with my hands.  Trying to do with the knife would have ruined the shrimp.

 

I actually saw how to do this on an episode of Hell's Kitchen (Season 6 Episode 2)

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Like, Guzelkiz mentioned, twisting off the heads (twist away from you to avoid getting splashed with any shrimp juice/water after they're defrosted or rinsed) is a good starting point. From there, I tend to pry from its underside (where all the legs are) of its belly to then peel off the shell encasing its body (like you would peeling a crawfish) and eventually the tail. If you wish to keep the tail on, just short stop of that last segment when peeling. 

 

A pairing knife along the spine allows the back to open up to where you can take out the digestive track (keep a dish of water handy to get it rinsed from your fingers as trying to just fling it free can get tricky since its wet).

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TY Guzelkiz. You make it sound (almost) easy. Smiley Wink

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You're welcome.  Haha it isn't too hard.  Just that digestive tract gets annoying.  

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It's so fun!  Oh I love tempura.  I should definitely try making it myself!

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Here's a tempura batter recipe and tip on how to cut the shrimp to get it to "lay out" more evenly:

 

http://community.sephora.com/t5/Off-Topic/What-s-on-your-plate/m-p/554645#M18751

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Ohh wow!  Thank you!  I will try it!

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I had to rummage through my posted pics to find that shrimp pic! I remember making a tempura shrimp post a looooong while back here, glad it could come in handy again!

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I'm glad you found it!  I'm excited to make this!

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Once I was making tempura shrimp at my friend's house and we ended up running out of shrimp but still had batter, so we raided her fridge for more stuff to fry, had some tempura broccoli and mushrooms that night as well!

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You can totally make tempura with anything.  Good idea!

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TEMPURA ALL DA THINGZ!!!!!

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Cabbage rolls made in slow cooker. If the cabbage leaves are put into water first to soften them, this also makes them considerably less "cabbagy" in taste. Filling had grass-fed ground lamb and cooked quinoa, among other things. First cabbage rolls I've made in years....

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You are always making some kind of wonderful thing!

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Those look beautiful! Is the sauce tomato paste?

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Yes, the sauce is tomato paste mixed with some vegetable broth. Then some seasonings added.

 

When I made these years ago, they always seemed too cabbagy so I didn't like them after the first several bites. I think that I didn't pre-cook the leaves when I used to make them, which was the reason for the strong taste. These are pretty mellow.... perfect winter food.

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