What a week!
Shrimp in Coconut-Lime Glaze
In the course of this recipe, I’ll answer the age-old question: how many mystery writers does it take to turn on the grill? The answer – as I am sure you all know – is five.
Some members of the Ladies Killing Circle, thrilled by the publication of Little Treasures, their first e-collection of short stories were celebrating with food. I mean what are friends for? My contribution to the food festivities was to be this shrimp in coconut-lime glaze.
We were also having coconut cumin rice and chicken with grilled peaches, salad and ice cream and fresh berries for dessert. Some other time, we'll diet.
The only problem was our hostess’s new grill. It had never been used. I mean never. So while I was merrily trying to get the glaze to turn the right color (tan), others were working hard to get the grill lit, and may I add squealing dramatically with every toss of a match. Dave (of A Year on the Grill) if you are reading this, try not to fall off your seat laughing.
The automatic starter didn’t work, but eventually, mystery writer Erika Chase tamed that grill single-handedly. Joan Boswell is the cheering section here. By the way, we’ll be celebrating again when Erika’s first mystery: A Killer Read (Berkley Prime Crime) hits the stands in April.
The shrimp as well as everything else was a big hit. A suitable culinary celebration of the launch of Little Treasures. We think that’s a treat too.
Shrimp in Coconut-Lime Glaze
■ metal skewers, or bamboo skewers (if bamboo soak for an hour to keep them from burning)
■ Salt and freshly ground black pepper
■ 2 limes, cut into wedges
For coconut-lime glaze:
■ 1/2 cup cream of coconut
■ 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
■ 8 drops Tabasco or other hot sauce (or to taste)
■ 1/4 teaspoon salt
1. Place all the glaze ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium and cook for 20 minutes, or until the mixture is reduced by two-thirds. It will take on a tan color. Stir to prevent the mixture from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Skewer two or three shrimps onto each skewer. Heat grill to high and close the lid. Wait at least 15 minutes.
3. Season the shrimp all over with salt and pepper and slather on the glaze, coating well.
5. Grill the shrimp for about 4 minutes per side, basting with glaze. The shrimp are ready when they turn opaque and the glaze begins to caramelize.
6. To serve, arrange the shrimp skewers on a platter and serve with lime wedges.
These are great as an appetizer for a group or as a main with coconut rice and a crisp salad.
The recipe was fun to make, the shrimp were even more fun to eat, and we hope the story collection we were celebrating will be fun to read.
Little Treasures: by Ladies Killing Circle is available through Kindle and Smashwords!
When seven award-winning women authors with crime on their minds join forces the result is seven anthologies in just over a decade. In these stories from the first anthology, The Ladies' Killing Circle, everyone has secrets and sometimes murder is the only way to keep them safe. Some of the stories are sweet, others spicy. Other are haunting and tragic.
Mary Jane Maffini won Best Short Story Award from Crime Writers of Canada for Cotton Armour in which ultimate power is wielded from a death bed.
Cross Country Skiing turns out to be deadly in Joan Boswell's One Cold Cookie.
Audrey Jessup's The Little Treasures proves that a lonely woman with a houseful of valuables can be far too trusting.
In Birdbrain, by Vicki Cameron, dumb animals turn out to be both smart and vengeful.
Linda Wiken (Erika Chase) proves the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words and all of them end in murder in There Goes the Neighbourhood.
Sue Pike's story, With Friends like These, asks the question, what's a girl to do when she believes all of her friends are gunning for her?
And, finally, in Barbara Fradkin's Secrets of the Night, the darkest stories are revealed just before the dawn.
All to say, the ladies will slay you!