LUCY BURDETTE: One of the great joys of writing the Key West mysteries is imagining what the characters would really do, and that includes what they would really eat. They are characters in a book, but they honestly begin to feel like real people. I can picture Hayley Snow and Miss Gloria on their houseboat wondering what to have for dinner. And then I can imagine them remembering that--oh joy!--there are shrimp left over from the night before.
Then Hayley goes to work. She looks in the fridge again and finds celery and onions and capers. And Miss Gloria goes out to the back deck and picks some fresh dill and a few beautiful ripe tomatoes. And then they whip up a quick but delicious shrimp salad served over greens and sliced tomatoes, with maybe a delicious leek biscuit on the side. Can't you just see it? And my husband says, where did this recipe come from? And I say...Hayley made it, of course...
1/2 pound Key West or Stonington pink shrimp
1 small, mild onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 tablespoon capers
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
Boil the shrimp until just pink. Drain, then shell and clean out the vein. Cut these into bite-sized pieces. Add the onion, celery, capers, and dill, then mix the mayonnaise in. Serve over crisp salad greens or a sliced tomato.
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