Because when it comes to coolness in the cafeteria, it really is hard to beat the combination of raw shrimp and sugar that explodes in your mouth, right?
Or so I tell myself. I’m certain Parker will enlighten me with his usual frank manner when I pick him up this afternoon.
So let’s start with the ceviche. Not my usual choice for Parker’s lunch. But if nothing else, I am a slave to leftovers and tend to let that guide me. And last night I was testing a surf and turf recipe of grilled flank steak topped with salmon and shrimp ceviche.
For anyone not hip to ceviche, it’s a South American dish that typically involves raw seafood marinated in citrus juice (or another acidic liquid). The acid reacts with the protein in the seafood much as heat would, giving it a “cooked” texture and a delicious, fresh flavor.
I made my ceviche by tossing cubes of salmon and whole shrimp with lime juice, minced red chili pepper, garlic, diced cucumber and chopped fresh cilantro. It was delicious, especially paired with the steak.
Parker was a trooper at dinner. He tried but didn’t care for the salmon (apparently we are back off salmon… whatever…), but he gave a tentative thumbs up (albeit a little sideways) to the shrimp. Which was good enough for me to pack him some of those for lunch today (don’t worry, chilled and in a thermos).
For dessert last night, I made mango fools. It’s basically whipped cream mixed with gently stewed fruit. I simmered frozen mango chunks with a sprinkle of sugar until they were tender, then pureed them. I then stirred that into whipped cream. Delicious.
This morning, I had some of the mango puree left over, so I used that as a topping for a blackberry-strawberry-graham cracker-yogurt parfait. Parker had a similar parfait for breakfast (if I’m making one, I might as well make two) and declared it awesome.
A while back I’d bought a package of crepes, not really sure how I’d use them. So today I used two to wrap up slices of banana that I’d topped with a blend of low-fat cream cheese and strawberry jam. Yet another variation on strawberry cheesecake. I’m starting to think I might be craving something…
Now, as for that exploding sugar… Think Pop Rocks, but without the chemical colors and flavors. This stuff, made by Molecule-R, is really fun to play around with. I gave some to Parker the other day without telling him what it was.
As soon as the little pieces of sugar started popping in his mouth, crackling and fizzing audibly, his eyes got huge. I wish I’d thought to take a picture of the expression on his face. It was awesome.
“Can I bring some to school in my lunch? I want to freak out my friends!”
Well, how could I say no to that?
Now for this week’s lunch gear giveaway! I love this duo of bento-style containers. They even have space in the tops for you to clip a fork and knife. As usual, just leave a comment to enter. Since it’s Friday, I’ll give everyone all weekend to enter. Parker will pick a winner Monday morning.
Until then, everyone have an awesome weekend.