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GUESS WHAT I JUST ATE

SHRIMP STIR-FRY

Okay maybe this is not all that amazing to you? But the thing is I ate it at school right?

See, I'm a huge seafood fiend. If I could afford it, all of my protein intake would be seafood (any and all of it. the only I don't like is really white, flakey fishes; and I've developed a distaste for scallops because my body is now not too fond of anything that tastes like it's made of butter. Also, I've never had proper crab, so I can't comment on that) with the occasional pork or chicken. Free-range. Also some egg, if I can ever figure out how to do egg-fried rice like I had in China.

Oh god fooooooood

Okay so anyways I love seafood. But despite living in MA, I don't get it often, especially in winter, because mom is not as big a fan of seafood except for clam chowder (which I hate, ewww, I would like some plain clams pls). Basically I get to binge on fresh seafood in the summer when we usually take a trip or two into Maine and eat every single meal at a restaurant that specializes in fresh-caught lobster and other seafoods. And I have lobster and fish FOR EVERY MEAL

those are the best times

And at school I have no access to good seafood because up until now the only thing they had that could be charitably described as seafood were these fried-fish-fillet sandwiches. 'Fish' fillet. I tried them. IDK what that is but it tastes terrible and not at all like fish. Probably because it was fried, frozen for god knows how long, then grill-fried.

Also I love stir-fry generally, but the school stir-fry I always end up regretting ordering because they dry the meat out terribly and ugh. Like inedibly. Also the sauces are super strong, like I'm pretty sure the sauces they buy are meant to be watered-down and they don't. I have to scrape my broccoli (omnom stir-fry broccoli) around my plate to get the sauce off it so it tastes like broccoli and not like sponge-full-of-oddly-strong-tasting-sauce. And the thing is they have SEVERAL SAUCE CHOICES and I have tried most of them (except 'black bean and garlic' because ewwwwwwww, beanssss) and they are ALL TOO STRONG. They are tasty but just...too much.

But now there's SHRIMP. As of this semester.

SO I got the shrimp stir-fry and I didn't even regret it! I had to abandon a few pieces of broccoli because they sat in the sauce too long (still too strong) but omg SHRIIIIMMPPP and it cut the taste of the sauce nicely. Also LOL um, I think most people would prefer they fry the shrimp a bit longer, as my shrimp was warm rather than hot; but I really do prefer warm shrimp as it is much shrimpier-tasting. Nom nom nom. Otherwise I might not have been able to taste it through the sauce at all.

I find it a bit odd that they chose to stir-fry the shrimp...with the tail on. So you have to get sauce on your fingers, holding it by the tail while you suck it out. But whatever. I get sauce all over me anyways, I don't know how to eat like a civilized person.

Anyways it's not perfect (I really wish they offered brown rice, I prefer the texture, especially as they overcook their white rice a bit, I like them a bit harder...I prefer spinach/garden pasta to regular pasta for this reason as well) but now I can get seafood on campus. And shrimp is what I end up craving the most often TBH. Although once I have shrimp I usually want more things...mmmmm, tilapia. Have y'all ever had grilled tilapia with BBQ sauce? This is NOT great for people who are not fans of fishy taste, as it tends to bring out the taste of the tilapia rather than mask it as one might expect.

If you are not a big fan of fish but do want to try a grilled fish steak - my suggestion is to go with a more salty sauce. Dad does a home-made soy sauce (goes on any fish steak, most often tilapia or salmon since that's what we tend to buy) that completely overpowers the taste of the fish (...I do not eat it, I have him grill up a few plain, I am not a huge fan of soy sauce). It doesn't have to be soy sauce. Any marinade with high salt content - or pepper, the sharpness covers the taste as well - should please you. Experiment with your favorite tastes c:

Seafood lovers...some things I really enjoy that you may not have tried...some grocery stores (and many health food/specialty stores, we get ours at Trader Joe's) sell these bags with a sort of random assortment of bits of seafood - things like little mussels, clams, chunks of lobster tail, slices of octopus and squid - all mixed together and frozen in a bag. I think what it is is cast-off bits that were too small to sell in, say, bags of pre-shelled mussles and so on. What we like to do is take this, sort of stir-fry it in a garlic/butter sauce (just enough to coat the seafood), mix this in well with some cooked rice, and put it in the fridge. You can also eat it hot I suppose, but sitting cold for awhile does good things for the taste. Then we can take single servings whenever, and heat them up to taste...dad heats his up a lot more than me; I only microwave it to around room temp.

ihu body

Jan. 23rd, 2012 03:03 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] outdatedclocks has pointed out that my lower-back/hip problems, and my leg problems, are probably all related to the issues I have with my feet (lack of arches?). I've been making do with CVS-brand arch support pads, but they're not really enough, and I'd like to be able to do some cardio and upper-body stuff again, which I can't really now since my back hurts alllll the time. I'd been putting off talking to my doctor about it because of my terrible experiences with my last one...even though this one's shown no indication she's suddenly going to go all 'you're lying, you must be sneaking nachos in the middle of the night, fatty' on me. In fact, she'll probably be happy to help me out, since she wants me exercising before I go on T since I have a genetic disposition towards hypertension (dad's been hospitalized for it).

BTW, for those curious about the whole doctor saga, since I've posted it around a few places but not actually here at my main journal I think (since I just realized last night [livejournal.com profile] ocelotofdoom had never read the whole thing)...I submitted the whole thing to First, Do No Harm (excellent blog BTW) so you can read it here (it's so long I don't see a need to copy+paste it here P:)

Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] ocelotofdoom, we might be hanging out this weekend :D or rather, probably are. I am still working out the logistics, I think I'll stay on campus this weekend and take the train into the city. It would mean missing a therapy appointment, but I've skipped weeks in the past (or rather, therapist has cancelled on me) so I know it won't do any damage emotionally or to my comfort level with him.

Okay I really should go to class 6 u 9;;


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