Self Portrait

Self Portrait. Tuesday Evening. October 9, 2012.
\”Reading My Brother\’s New Book.\”
It is called
\”Garnet Poems, An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776.\”
Read more about this landmark collection here:
http://www.upne.com/0819573094.html
 
 
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Self Portrait

Self Portrait. Tuesday Evening. October 9, 2012.
“Reading My Brother’s New Book.”
It is called
“Garnet Poems, An Anthology of Connecticut Poetry Since 1776.”
Read more about this landmark collection here:
http://www.upne.com/0819573094.html
 
 
If you are looking for distinctive portrait, nature, or documentary photography,
or someone you know is looking
for photography that helps to create a more artful and beautiful life,
please contact me.

 

Brazilian Shrimp Soup

Made this for \”Meatless Monday.\” YUM!!!

Coconut milk\’s rich flavor will keep you coming back for more of this substantial soup. A true Brazilian version would include slices of okra, but ours is already so satisfyingly thick that we left it out.

 Ingredients:

  1. 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 green bell pepper, chopped (I used a Cubanelle & Jalapeno from my garden.)
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3/4 cup long-grain rice
  6. 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  7. 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (from one 15-ounce can) (I used 3 Beefsteak Tomatoes from my garden, seeded and chopped, plus 2 tablespoons tomato puree.)
  9. 5 cups water (I used homemade chicken stock.)
  10. 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  11. 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and cut in half horizontally
  12. 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  13. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  14. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro  

 Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the rice, red-pepper flakes, salt, tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir the coconut milk into the soup. Bring back to a simmer and then stir in the shrimp. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just done, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the black pepper, lemon juice, and parsley.
NotesVariation Instead of the shrimp, use one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about three), cut crosswise into quarter-inch strips. Cook for the same amount of time.

Suggested Pairing

The sweet elements here call for a somewhat assertive sweetness in the wine as well. A Vouvray demi-sec, from France\’s Loire Valley, ought to strike just the right balance.

~~Based on a recipe from Food & Wine

Brazilian Shrimp Soup

Made this for “Meatless Monday.” YUM!!!

Coconut milk’s rich flavor will keep you coming back for more of this substantial soup. A true Brazilian version would include slices of okra, but ours is already so satisfyingly thick that we left it out.

 Ingredients:

  1. 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 green bell pepper, chopped (I used a Cubanelle & Jalapeno from my garden.)
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3/4 cup long-grain rice
  6. 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  7. 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (from one 15-ounce can) (I used 3 Beefsteak Tomatoes from my garden, seeded and chopped, plus 2 tablespoons tomato puree.)
  9. 5 cups water (I used homemade chicken stock.)
  10. 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  11. 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and cut in half horizontally
  12. 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  13. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  14. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro  

 Directions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the rice, red-pepper flakes, salt, tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir the coconut milk into the soup. Bring back to a simmer and then stir in the shrimp. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just done, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the black pepper, lemon juice, and parsley.
NotesVariation Instead of the shrimp, use one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about three), cut crosswise into quarter-inch strips. Cook for the same amount of time.

Suggested Pairing

The sweet elements here call for a somewhat assertive sweetness in the wine as well. A Vouvray demi-sec, from France’s Loire Valley, ought to strike just the right balance.

~~Based on a recipe from Food & Wine

Salmon with Banana–Orange Salsa

Grilled Sockeye Salmon, of course, with this perfect Salsa:

Banana-Orange Salsa

2 ripe bananas, diced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
2 oranges, peeled, segmented and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Salmon with Banana–Orange Salsa

Grilled Sockeye Salmon, of course, with this perfect Salsa:

Banana-Orange Salsa

2 ripe bananas, diced
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
2 oranges, peeled, segmented and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

At Burr State Park

I was early for an appointment yesterday morning
so I followed a sign that read
\”Boat Ramp\”
and happily discovered myself in a beautiful park,

If you are looking for distinctive portrait, nature, or documentary photography,
or someone you know is looking
for photography that helps to create a more artful and beautiful life,
please contact me.

At Burr State Park

I was early for an appointment yesterday morning
so I followed a sign that read
“Boat Ramp”
and happily discovered myself in a beautiful park,

If you are looking for distinctive portrait, nature, or documentary photography,
or someone you know is looking
for photography that helps to create a more artful and beautiful life,
please contact me.