Monday, May 28, 2012

Is Seafood Meat?

My last blog post received a few arguable responses regarding the debate of seafood – is it meat or not? I am not one to judge or disagree with opinions and think everyone who commented or thought ‘What is this girl thinking?’  is entitled to their opinion. With that said, I would like to take the chance to refer to a few disputes on this topic.

Since we are consuming the flesh of an animal vegetarians believe seafood to be a meat.  It is understood that fish, shrimp, clams, etc. can feel pain and that they aren’t swimming vegetables, right? This is debatable because people who are pescetarians are really vegetarians who consume seafood. They allow this consumption believing seafood to be a non-meat.

Some people believe the term meat was actually created by the meatpacking companies and that the word refers to the flesh of mammals, excluding seafood and poultry.  (So now chicken isn’t meat?) And on a culinary level red meat is known as meat, chicken as poultry, fish as seafood, and wild animal as game. (Now the only actual “meat” is red meat?) 

Now I’m confusing myself.  I can see why some people believe seafood to be meat when others don’t.  I don’t know what my stance is since there are so many opinions regarding this topic, but I do know that adding this to my diet has made me healthier and right now that is all I care about. 

Thanks for reading and please feel free to post what you think!


Monday, May 14, 2012

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Every Monday Andy and I eat a meatless meal.  We've been doing really great incorporating more throughout the week, but Mondays are always Meatless Monday. 

Tonight we made Baked Coconut Shrimp. (We are trying to be healthier too!) I found this recipe on the Cooking Channel's website, but tweaked it a little.  We also thought that it might be better fried in peanut or vegetable oil. (Even though that isn't as healthy.)

Ok ... here it is .... 

Baked Coconut Shrimp


Dipping Sauce:

1 tsp curry powder
pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 orange, zest and juice

Shrimp:

1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup honey panko breadcrumbs
3 tbs all-purpose flour
3 large egg whites
1 lb shrimp, peeled (tails left on), deveined, butterflied and patted dry
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

Dipping Sauce:
Toast curry and red pepper flakes in saucepan over medium heat, about one minute. Add honey, vinegar, orange juice, and orange zest. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sauce is heated through, about two minutes. Remove from the heat, set aside.

Shrimp:
Combine coconut, panko, and flour in a bowl. Beat egg whites in another bowl until slightly frothy. (I used our stand-mixer, it worked great!) Sprinkle the shrimp with salt and pepper. Then add shrimp to egg whites, toss to coat. Lift each shrimp from egg whites, letting the excess drip off. Then coat in crumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Place shrimp on baking sheet. Bake until shrimp is golden, about ten minutes. Serve with dipping sauce.

Enjoy!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Passport to the Arts


Andy, Kimber, and I spent the morning on Canyon Road with our new friends, Shelly and Marek.  Since we haven’t visited this famous wonder of Santa Fe we decided to go this morning to witness an Artist Quick Draw during the Passport to the Arts


This opportunity was really great.  We saw many local artists using different mediums and techniques under the pressure of time and in public view. There were 33 participants at three different galleries who were to create an original piece in just 90 minutes.


Surprisingly all the artist seemed totally stress free.  Even though time was limited the artists answered questions and explained techniques to their admirers in awe of their work. 

When time was up and the paint still wet, the artists donated their pieces to an auction supporting the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program. 

After seeing “real” artists create I was inspired.  I had some unfinished pieces at home that I finally completed.




Saturday, May 5, 2012

Poldi Part II

Upon request I decided to post my creations unframed.  What do you think??

Read more about my acrylic experience here.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Poldi

Today, my friend Betsey and I spent two hours with Julianna Poldi, an amazing artist, who showed us how to explore the steps of acrylic painting.  At first, I didn’t know what to expect since I’m not very artistic, but found that this was a very therapeutic way to end my work week and helped my organized, controlled self to relax.

First, Julianna taught us the importance of texture and layers.  She told us stories and showed us examples of why to start with a primer-like paint and a background color.  The reason for this is because white spaces are then visible once the piece is complete and that doesn’t look good.


With just those couple tips, Julianna then told us to have fun!  She explained that having fun is the most important thing to remember when creating something. Throughout the two hour session she showed us techniques, brush strokes, and other secrets to create our masterpieces. Not only did Julianna teach me the basics of acrylics she taught me how important it is to not think of the outcome of your artwork, but to just think about what you are doing that exact moment.


After looking at my completed pieces this made me think her words of advice could apply to our everyday life. We go day by day living through routines, schedules, the same old same old.  We never stop to take in the life we live or go each day by the hour or minute.

Julianna is an amazing artist who exhibits her art through the nation and has worldwide collectors. To learn more about Julianna, her art, and classes visit her site here.