lowcountry breakfast shrimp and grits

I'll be honest... this post has been queued up and ready to go for a long time.

But then all this happened...

sick kids... dude, seriously? I know it's in the secret parenting contract they make you sign before having children that I have to take care of my kids but how come no one tells you how nasty it is to have to clean someone else's vomit? Before you have kids you should have to watch a Public Service Announcement, "Excuse me, do you know you will have to clean up your child's vomit, normally it will be on the carpet and usually occurs between the hours of 12-4 am. Are you ready for that? If not, continue using some sort of birth control.' That's right if we had to watch a PSA like that there WOULD BE NO children on this earth. We would be extinct. My kids vomit + me cleaning it up = me vomiting and wondering why I had children.

no sleep... I mean really? My best friend, Sleep, up and left me and in it's place came a nasty mean girl type friend... her name is Insomnia. If you have ever met her you know all about that bitch. We can all agree that she is one, right?

rainy days (lots and lots of rainy days) no sun = no creativity

meetings... if that parent calls me snobby one more time, I might just have to sit back, take it and plan his demise... because not everyone has a smart phone or a crackberry, sorry for pointing that out. Who's snobby now for assuming that everyone does have one, assjack?

the feeling like my blog is homework (thanks melissa for summing that up for me)

...or that the feeling that no matter how hard you try, blogging is like trying to fit in with the cool kids clique in high school. We all know that however hard you try they have a lock on it. There is a select chosen few, so why even bother?

All this has just sapped any gumption to post anything worthwhile.

Despite all that, this is a good meal when you are feeling down and it's cold outside. Comforting and rich... like I felt my arteries clogging as I ate more and more.

lowcountry breakfast shrimp: gourmet magazine january 2008

3/4 stick unsalted butter
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 pounds medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 to 1 cup water

Heat butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until foaming, then cook onions with scallion, garlic, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup water and simmer gently, stirring, until shrimp are just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes (shrimp should be saucy; add more water if necessary). Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately

creamy grits: gourmet magazine january 2008

4 cups water
4 cups whole milk
2 cups white stone-ground grits*
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter (optional), cut into pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt

Bring water and milk just to a simmer in a 4- to 5-quart heavy saucepan. Meanwhile, cover grits with water in a large bowl and whisk vigorously. Let stand 30 seconds, then skim any chaff that has floated to surface with a fine-mesh sieve. Drain grits well in a fine-mesh sieve and whisk into simmering milk mixture. Reduce heat to low and simmer grits, partially covered, stirring often with a heatproof rubber spatula, until grits are tender and thickened to the consistency of loose oatmeal, about 1 1/4hours (stir more toward end of cooking to avoid scorching). If grits become too thick before they are tender and creamy, thin with hot water (about 1/2 cup). Stir in cream, butter (if using), and salt. Remove from heat and keep warm, covered, up to 20 minutes.

*If you can't find stone-ground grits, use regular grits (but not quick-cooking). Regular grits will take less than half the time to cook.


Cali ʚϊɞ said...

uh.. yeah, they don't really tell you that kind of stuff when you're considering becoming a parent. ugh.

and insomnia, you know her too?? *sigh* she hangs out at my house way too much, SERIOUSLY.
on the bright side, i get a ton of baking done :)

*hug* hope this week goes way better than the last <3

Rebecca (Foodie With Family) said...

Dang, girl. Vomit or no vomit, if you serve shrimp at your house for breakfast I want to live with you.

So, are we sharing custody of insomnia? Because she's been around here part-time, too.

Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary said...

On puke: Once Evan puked in his sleep and slept in it all night. By morning it was crusty puke. I was heaving trying to clean it up. So disgusting.

On blogging: I finally realized there is no competing with the Pioneer Womans and Steamy Kitchens of the blog world. I blog for me, when I want to. If people like it, great, if not, then I know my family will still read it, lol.

On the breakfast: I have to admit, I have never had grits. My southern auntie visited when I was like 10 and she made me some and all I remember was spitting them out into a napkin. Maybe it's time to re-vist, cause yours sure look good. Can I buy grits in RI????

Insomnia: that just sucks. I usualy read and that makes me fall asleep.

SaintTigerlily said...

Dude, you ARE the cool kids!

me again said...

I finally finally had shrimp'n'grits just over a week ago, in Savannah. For dinner. One word sums it up: mmmmmmmmmm. It had bacon and cream and butter and all things artery-clogging and it was friggin' amazing. I can't wait to make yours.
Insomnia lives with me, has since, well, forever. She's a first-class bitch.
Hope this week is better than last!

Julia said...

I guess my imagination is active enough, because you described *exactly* the reasons why I don't want kids.

But shrimp and grits on the other hand. I love them shrimp and grits!!

Mayberry Magpie said...

Me and Lisa are puke sisters. Parker recently slept in his puke and was caked in it when he woke up. Fortunately, Mr. Mom now gets puke duty (being Mr. Mom and all), but I cleaned up my fair share of puke in the toddler years. I think it's only fair he gets the teenage puke, because PUKE IS SUPPOSED TO HIT THE TOILET in the teenage years, isn't it?! Isn't THAT in the contract?!

Have I told you I'm "eating light?" So I guess you wouldn't be surprised to know that photo of your grits made me lick my computer screen. MMMMMMmmmmmmm, grits. How many calories in that, by the way?

One last thing -- that blogging/clique metaphor? I'm so there. Why.Do.I.Bother? The longer I take off, the less motivation I have. May never come back.

But I'm glad you did :-)

Livin Local said...

Let it all out honey, just let it all out. Seeing the *fantastic* photo, then reading the start of the recipe, I quickly realized where that lovely pool of butter came from. But oh no, that was just the shrimp and there was more butter for the grits. You do know how to take care of yourself during these wintery days.

Kristin @ Going Country said...

I am carefully NOT focusing on aspects of parenting like cleaning up vomit (although, I spend an awful lot of my time cleaning up animal shit and vomit, so I guess that's some practice). Instead, I will focus on the unbearably adorable tiny clothes. Otherwise, I may just tell the doctor I don't really want this kid to come out, thanks.

It never even occurred to me that there are cliques in blogging. Which probably means I'm one of the unpopular kids. You can sit at my lunch table, if you want. As long as you bring grits to trade.

Kristin said...

Sorry you've had so much nasty stuff going on, but I'm glad you're back. Barf...haven't had it all over for a long time (knock wood) but my children somehow decided they should barf in the SINK! The bathroom sink of course since it's usually during the night & the kitchen with its handy disposal and sprayer are too far away. I told them they needed to suck it up & stick their heads in the toilet so we could magically flush the barf away. Perhaps the possibility that they might have to stick their heads into the toilet to vomit helps them keep their toilet cleaner.

MichelleB said...

I loved the way that you summed up the popular blogs/popular kids thing. I've never heard it said better. However, I still enjoy the "unpopular" blogs. Yeah, I wasn't one of the the popular kids in school, either.

tammra said...

My husband once used starch to clean up a midnight vomit mess in the crib. It was dark, we were tired and I chipped away for days.

Love grits, can't do shrimp in the mornin'.

Krista, I read because I love your style and turn of phrase, your food is yummy, photography lovely, and you're not consumed with hype. I imagine we all read because it is like talking with a good girlfriend.
I tell my 3 girlies "Popularity is just about being liked and is fickle, but appreciation, respect, and friendship last." Besides the high school cool girls were putting out.

tammra said...

Shit I can't spell today, sorry Krysta

natural selection said...

Man those kids must of been sick! you have to be really sick to puke in your own bed yuck!

as for those snobby parents? I think you should kidnap the crackberry next time and send them a DVD video of it..with a sign in the background that reads..
I'm safe and treated very well here..
but the PTA must end their oppression you have 48 hours to comply or my sim card will be wiped clean and I will be sodomised by an I-Phone

Anonymous said...

If you ever stop blogging, I will have to call you an assjack (my new favorite profanity, by the way).

They should totally tell teenagers about the whole vomit angle in sex ed. They should also tell the girls that pregnancy often gives you hemorrhoids, and chances are good that you'll poop on the delivery table.

Instant birth control.

Melissa said...

You're welcome. Don't let this happen to you, kids.

Speaking of kids? Yeah, thanks for one more reason to not. Eeeew. Ew.

amanda said...

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Anonymous said...

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