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Jumbo Shrimp

Posted 2009.07.22 19.21 in Pointless Blather

I usually like shrimp. Cold with cocktail sauce is fine, or splayed out neatly atop a little bundle of sushi rice is nice, but cooked is even better; stir-fried with teriaki and hot sauce, bundled up in a little har gow dumpling, sauteed with oil and garlic, deepfried with batter, bbq’d on skewers… there’s countless ways to make shrimp yummy.

At home I typically stir-fry them, or in summer I bbq them on skewers with some pineapple and a sweet-and-spicey sauce. Though if I’m feeling particularily lazy, I’ll just eat them cold a la shrimp cocktail. I usually get them in about the 25-count size. (This means, 25 to the pound.) It’s a good size, they’re not so tiny you have to deal with a million of them to make one meal, and not too expensive. The biggest ones, the 15-count, usually cost over a dollar each.

Recently I accidentally grabbed the wrong bag, and picked up the 15-count ones. The usual ones cost me about $10 / pound, these ones were about $17. But I wasn’t paying close attention and didn’t notice till I got home. I’d bought the dreaded…. Jumbo Shrimp.

“Jumbo Shrimp”. It is an oxymoron. Shrimp means tiny, jumbo means big. Big tiny. It doesn’t work.

Worse – jumbo shrimp are too big.. they’re just wrong.  Cooked, peeled, deveined and with no heads and tails, they are just sort whitish pinkish things about 5 inches long, an inch across at the big end and just under 1/2 inch across at the small end.

Last time I had Jumbo Shrimp, it actually put me off shrimp for a year or two.

It’s not the taste – they taste like shrimp. It’s everything else. The size. The shape. The appearance.

I just can’t shake the impression that they are skinned, boned, deveined fingers from some big guy with fat fingers. Fat man fingers. Fat man finger cocktail.

So I had my Jumbo Shrimp last night.. and once more I have the fat man finger cocktail in my head and an uneasy feeling about all shrimps.

Memorable Moments

Posted 2009.05.14 9.16 in Pointless Blather

You know how sometimes your mind just wanders along, random thoughts leading to other random directions, till finally you stop and wonder how the heck you ended up thinking about that?  No? Maybe it’s just me…

Anyhow, this morning my mind was wandering around, and I ended up reminiscing about a somewhat “exciting” moment from a few years back. It was what I call a Count The Fingers Moment. If you don’t know what that means then you’ve never experienced it. And if you do know what it means, well I hope you still have all ten of them (luckily, I do).

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