These past two weeks have been crazy bad. First we suffered through a polar vortex, which gave us temperatures around -13ºF and wind chills around -35ºF. Indianapolis Public Schools were closed for the whole week – which never happens! I couldn’t make it in to work for two days, and then the roads were terrible. Ice ridges caused cars to slide all over and the snow reached about 11” where we were. Then after I make it through that ordeal, I got really sick and found out that I’m going to need surgery to remove large uterine fibroids. Great. I’m just glad that my appetite sort of came back, because my recipes for Ecuadorian food sound amazing.
|Fancy schmancy shrimp. I'm going to have to bring this to a pitch-in and impress everyone.|
The main dish is shrimp ceviche. To make it is fairly easy. I used already cooked shrimp and made sure I took the tails off. Then I mixed the shrimp, some red onion, some tomatoes, lime juice, orange juice, a little ketchup, some cilantro, a little salt, and some pepper. I mixed this up and put it in the refrigerator before serving it. It tasted something like shrimp cocktail, but my husband didn’t like how the ketchup and the lime juice mixed. He thought it had too pungent of an aftertaste. But I liked it. And of course, the kids complained about the red onions.
|This would be a super awesome meal if it were warmer outside.|
For me, this was a meal made out of sheer determination. Because I don’t have the energy I used to have, I definitely needed help with this one. It became a family-contributed meal. And I think those are the best kinds. My appetite was also kind of wonky, so I could only eat kid-size portions of what I made. My husband had to help make the slits in the plantains so I could put the cheese in it, not to mention reaching all of the things that put on the high shelves. The kids helped to ice the bread babies. But I’m hoping these are the things my kids will remember as they get older.
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