Okay, so Vanilla coconut shrimp (p. 388) just sounded horrible but I was optimistic that, with an open mind, it would be surprisingly good. Also, I can't believe I'm over a year behind on blog posts--that will be rectified and will never happen again!
I sauteed some shallots in olive oil. Quite a bit of olive oil, actually. I added white wine and a vanilla bean with the guts scraped out (the guts of the vanilla bean are the little dots you see in vanilla bean ice cream). I really hoped this was going to be an amazing recipe because vanilla beans are expensive.
|The vanilla bean|
|Shallots, wine, and the bean|
Once that concoction was reduced by half, I added chicken stock, coconut milk, fresh ginger, salt, and pepper:
This simmered until it was reduced by half again. At this point I added the shrimp:
Hmmmm....not looking so delicious:
|Why is the coconut milk separating?|
Just as horrifying as I expected it to be. The coconut milk and shrimp are a delicious tried and true combination but the vanilla bean just added a horrible, desserty flavor that I detested. A total waste of a delicious vanilla bean, although the recipe was ultra-easy.
- Vanilla comes from a type of orchid (Wikipedia)
- It wasn't until a 12 year old slave figured out how to hand-pollinate the vanilla flower than the spice could be globally cultivated (Wikipedia)
- The word "vanilla" comes from the word vaina from the Latin "vagina". Yes, that's right. Now you have a great piece of trivia to dazzle your friends (Wikipedia)