Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday Blessings

Many people look at Mondays with poor attitudes - that of going back to work after a nice weekend just to face another week or deadlines, deals to make and lists of things to be done. I usually use Mondays as a day to regroup and get my family ready for the week ahead. LB is at school and Carter is at preschool so Miss C and I have the mornings to ourselves. We usually do very little. Yesterday was a somewhat typical Monday, but we had a blessing at the end of the day I was getting ready for.
When Grandmama Whittle retired from FHU and both of her girls (my mom and aunt) were finally both back in Henderson, I remember her cooking many a meal for the families at her house. Yes, we had the typical Sunday lunches together as well as birthday meals, but she would cook supper at least once a week because that is what she could do to help. Last night, all those memories came back, but this time Grandmama was not in the kitchen - I was.
Some friends of Papa had brought him back 5 lbs. of shrimp that he put in the freezer. He asked me if I had a recipe that used shrimp so the family could enjoy the meal. I chose Shrimp Creole for the meal and yesterday for the family meal.
Shrimp Creole
1.5 pounds of shrimp
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. oil
1 can diced tomatoes
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 c. water
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 T. Tony Chachere's creole seasoning
a little parsley, chopped
Heat oil in large skillet. Add flour and stir constantly until roux is golden brown. Don't scorch. Stir in water and tomato sauce. Blend until smooth.
Add everything except shrimp and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add shrimp and cook 10 minutes longer or until shrimp are pink.
Serve over rice and with Texas Toast.
recipe from Cathy Welch - DH's mom
So we gathered for a meal for shrimp creole, Texas toast, green beans and lima beans. We missed those who were not with us - Grandmama, Richard, Amy, Chuck, Jonathan, Rebecca, Jason, Jenny, Andrew and Mary Beth (we have grown a little since those days Grandmama use to cook), but know we thought of you all and love you very much. Who knows, we may start this tradition again. I think Grandmama would like that.


Arika said...

How special!! Grandmama would be very proud of you for carrying out her traditions, I'm sure! :)

Cheryl Wray said...

That looks SO delicious!!! And what a wonderful memory you made!!

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