Thursday, January 7, 2010

Vacation Bliss And Shrimp Scrambled Eggs

Ahh vacation. Sweet, sweet vacation. If only we could all be independently wealthy and stay on vacation all the time. Wouldn't the world be a happier place? Wouldn't we all be just a little bit nicer to our loved ones? Or as my sister said, "I liked myself a lot more last week when I was on vacation. I liked my husband more then too."

Vacation for me so far has been a couple of days of bliss in my little sister, Grace's, sunny apartment just minutes from the beach in L.A. And I literally mean minutes as it's just down the street. Yesterday I took an hour long walk along the beach; today we're planning on going to yoga. When I'm not outside, I'm generally lying on the couch in vacation mode, marveling at the sunlight streaming into her apartment. What amazing pictures I could get if I had this kind of light in my apartment! But alas, it's not so sunny where I live.

Is there any way I can make vacation last forever?

Do you remember the last time I was in California? I wasn't sure then if gluten was really a problem for me so I went off my gluten-free diet. Big mistake. This time, I'm gluten-free all the way, and it's smooth sailing. Grace and I went to Trader Joe's first thing when we arrived and got some necessary items. I even found out there's a gluten-free pizza place nearby, although I doubt we'll find the time to go. But it's nice to know it's there.

Grace's garden salad

Last night, I tried to make shrimp potato pancakes for my sister and her boyfriend. They didn't stick together though, so I added more eggs and turned them into scrambled eggs. I figured they were a failure and not worthy of being posted, but Grace's boyfriend loved them and said they should definitely be in my recipe index. At first I thought maybe he was just being polite, but when there were no leftovers, I knew he meant it. I thought I had made enough for 4-5 people, but I didn't take into account how much guys can eat.

So without further ado, here are my Shrimp Scrambled Eggs. We ate them for dinner, but they're going under my recipe index as breakfast.

Shrimp Scrambled Eggs
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1 medium sweet potato, grated
1 small potato, grated
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 medium onion, diced
21 cocktail shrimp, minced (i know, very precise right?)
2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sriracha sauce
1/2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
7 eggs
small handful of grated cheddar cheese

  1. Over medium high heat, saute the onions about 1-2 minutes, until they just start to become translucent. Add the red peppers and saute another minute. Pour into a big mixing bowl.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl except the eggs and cheese. Stir everything until completely mixed. Whisk 3 eggs and stir into mix.
  3. The mix makes a lot, so unless you have a really big pan, I suggest cooking this in two batches. Pour half of the mix into a nonstick pan over medium high heat and saute about 3 minutes on one side. Turn over. Whisk 2 eggs and pour over the top. Allow the eggs to begin to set and then scrape the sides with a spatula and fold the mix over itself a few times to allow the eggs to cook evenly. Add half of the cheese and fold in. Remove to a serving dish.
  4. Repeat step 3 with the other half of the mix, the last 2 eggs, and the rest of the cheese.
Serves 3-4

Tomorrow we're off to San Diego to visit my older sister, Shani. We have a girl's night in planned for Friday night, so we'll definitely be cooking something deliciously healthy. Grace is a sushi whiz, so I'm thinking maybe we can convince her to work her sushi magic. Any suggestions? What are your favorite snacks for when it's just the girls? (If there are any guys reading this, I apologize for assuming all my readers are female, and would be very excited to know there's a guy reading my blog...a guy who isn't my boyfriend because that doesn't count).

This post is linked to Food on Fridays.


Lauren said...

Oh yum! I love it when things become surprisingly fantastic =D.

Brian said...

I read your blog! Sorry, I don't have any girls night snack tips. Well except for maybe ice cream. You can't go wrong with ice cream:)

Iris said...

Thanks Lauren!

Brian, I actually thought of you when I wrote that line. Nice to know you're reading. :)


something with chocolate, for sure!

Juanita said...

I totally agree with the notion of being independently wealthy and being on vaykay ALL the time :-)

I love shrimp and I love scrambled egg, and somehow I have never thought of the two in combo, which is crazy since that looks uber yummy!

Enjoy the sun and snacks (I echo Brian and TADs ideas, except I'd put them together and go for choc chip ice-cream!)

gfe--gluten free easily said...

What a cute post! How accurate your sister's comment is on vacations! LOL As one who just returned from vacation, I know it's true. We're still basking in the "after glow" of vacation a bit, but it could end at any moment. ;-)

Love the shrimp scrambled eggs dish! So glad your sister's boyfriend encouraged you to share it.

You guys have a blast. Hmmm, I can think of lots of foods to share (e.g., baked Brie, chocolate, wine), but not all necessarily healthy ones. LOL So your best bet might be your sister's sushi. Love your attitude about gluten free, my dear. There are so many wonderful gluten-free food options indeed! Have a blast!


tastyeatsathome said...

Sounds like a fun vacation so far. I could totally go for shrimp scrambled eggs - what a delicious mistake!

Ann Kroeker said...

Wow, I wish my recipe flops could be redeemed with such success as yours! I love potatoes, shrimp and eggs, so I'll bet I'd have fought off Grace's boyfriend to lick the platter if I had been there.

I also wish my vacation time would take me to such fabulous locales--I guess I need my brother to move to LA!

Thanks for participating in Food on Fridays.

Debbie said...

Where do I go to sign up for this vacation club. I'm in total agreement and will gladly pay my dues:) The high today here was 21 degrees:( Bring on the beach! I am definitely going to try your eggs and shrimp; it looks really tasty. Come join me for Crock Pot Wednesday whenever you get back from vacation:) Have a great time in LA.

Iris said...

Debbie, I wish I could! Sadly, I don't have a crock pot. I guess that'll have to be on my birthday wish list!

Just Call Me Zippy said...

This sounds like this wonderful vacation is inspiring your culinary creativity! I love that you are being featured and recognized on other culinary blogs! FABULOUS.:)

Iris, I tracked back to your link from the last time you were there and it all sounds so familiar. After going gluten-free for months it seems that if I get glutened now the PMS-like effects are compounded and I turn into a nervous crying ANGRY wreck. The worst is when I have been so careful to avoid gluten and it happens through cross-contamination. (Last night I watched as a food-preparer squeezed open my baked potato with the same gloves that he had just used handling a hamburger bun. This place had a gluten-free menu, but it seems that staff are never trained on the importance of avoiding X-contamination.) Add another rule to eating out...always open my own potato.

Anyway, thanks again for your open discussions, honestly, and the wonderful recipes. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

Anonymous said...

I had shrimp, shiitake and jalapeno scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning, just because I had been craving those flavors. then, coincidentally, I read this blog entry this afternoon. coincidence or serendipity?

Iris said...

Anonymous, it must be serendipity. :)

Anonymous said...

hey Iris, this is your Dad, I tried putting my name and URL here, but it wouldn't let me for whatever reason, so I went Anonymous. enjoy what's left of your vaykay!

Iris said...

Thanks dad!


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