First of all,
Out of my curiosity,
I went to Arte y Pico's website to scoop around, trying to figure out what this award is all about,
But..the whole blog is in Spanish...
Come on...English is hard enough for me already...now I have to deal with Spanish??
So I went on and searched for other bloggers who received such an honor,
And here's the information I learned from Red Cook,
"The Rules for the Arte Award:
1. Pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award with their creativity, design, interesting
material, and also contribute to the blogger community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog.
3. Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has
given her or him the award.
4. Award-winners and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “Arte y Pico”
blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. Display these rules on your blog."
So here are my 5 picks:
1. Tiger Fish - Teczcape
2. Mochachocolata Rita - Mochachocolata Rita
3. Elmomonster - Monster Munching
4. Ivan Chan - Ivan Chan Studio
5. Len - California Shabu Shabu South Coast
Those are few blogs I check regularly,
Some have great pictures, some have awesome recipes,
Some have amazing artwork, and some have amusing contents,
One thing you don't need to worry about is that all the above 5 blogs are written with perfect English!!
(Unlike my broken Engrish writing that usually scare people away!)
So what am I cooking today?
Mayonnaise Baked Shrimps (Take One)-
5 medium sized shrimps (preferably with heads on)
White pepper powder
Sake (scratch this one out if you can't find this ingredient)
Let me put this up front,
Mayonnaise baked shrimps is one of the simplest dishes I can think of.
It's like cooking 101,
You don't even need a spatula or a wok,
Just a basic oven will do.
The only hard part I can think of from my tiny little brain probably goes to cleaning,
But come on,
That's like the hardest thing to do for all kinds of cooking,
Unless you have a cute little dog at home that licks every leftover bits on the plates,
Or a lovely husband/boyfriend who reluctantly offered to wash the dishes for you.
*Sadly that's the case for me, I have to clean all the mess myself.
Let's get some preparation done first.
Rinse the shrimps with water and make sure the shells are clean.
Get your kitchen scissor out,
Cut off the legs along the body and the small long claws in the front,
Snip out the antenna and the end of "rostrum",
*rostrum - the spiny part that sticks out on top of the head.
You don't wanna accidentally hurt yourself while dealing with these crustaceans,
Just take them off!
Run the knife on the upper part of the shell from head to tail,
Make a shallow cut along the back of the shrimp and pick out the dark poo poo vein,
Also make a few small cuts along the inner side of the shrimps,
This prevents the shrimps from curling while cooking.
Line up those shrimps on a baking sheet.
Finally, time for making the sauce,
In a small bowl,
Mix together 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of sake, and a tiny bit of white pepper powder.
Stir it well,
Spread the mixture evenly on top of each shrimps (inside the shell),
Into the oven, 350 degrees Fahrenheits, for 15 to 20 minutes, or till the top of the mayonnaise turned slightly brown.
When the shrimps are ready,
Garnish with some chopped chives and lemon wedges (not required),
I finished all five shrimps by myself,
Was I too greedy?
Cindy's Rating: 7