Every once in a while events happen in beautiful harmony. Last week I got notification of a new blog post by Kelly over at Inspired Edibles.  She shared a recipe for cauliflower puree, and her post immediately made me crave some.  I even exchanged a couple of emails with her comparing notes, as I had a version in my blog, from a couple of years ago.   I made the puree on a Sunday to have it ready for our dinner next day.  To serve with it, I picked a simple recipe (Mondays are busy days for us):  Shrimp in Spicy Orange Sauce…    Right as my shrimp defrosted in the fridge next day, Kelly published a new post with a recipe for Spicy Orange Ginger Shrimp!   subliminal, virtual inspiration?   I like to think so… 😉

(from Cooking Light magazine, August 2007)

1 + 1/2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 Tbsp  soy sauce
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 Tbsp chile paste
2 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp minced, peeled fresh ginger
1/3 cup chopped green onions

Place shrimp in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch, toss well to
coat, and set aside.  Combine orange juice, soy, honey, vinegar, and chile paste in a small bowl.  Reserve.

Heat canola oil in a large skillet  over medium-high heat. Add minced ginger to the pan.  Stir fry for 15 seconds or until fragrant. Add shrimp mixture, stir fry for 3 minutes. Add the juice mixture and onions, cook for a couple of minutes or until the sauce thickens and the shrimp are done, stirring frequently.


to print the recipe, click here

So here is my delicious dinner, served!   Shrimp in a tasty and quick to prepare orange sauce,  over  cauliflower puree with a hint of apple.  A match I had never attempted, but is now classified as “made in heaven!”  Usually I would serve this type of dish with steamed rice, but I must say the cauli puree worked its magic here.  The meal was slightly more substantial, leaning into the comfort food zone,  great way to wrap up a Fall weeknight.

And, to go along in the inspired route,   Alaina from Flat Leaf Parsley   awarded me the  “Very Inspiring Blogger Award“.  Inspiring!  How wonderful is that?    The award requires that you say 7 things about yourself.  I’ve played this game before, and was tempted to just copy the same 7 facts here, but I thought that would be almost cheating.   So here you have seven “new” ones:

1. I’ve worn the same perfume for the past 30 years: a Brazilian cologne called Free.  Every year when I go to Brazil I stock up, and usually also get a couple of bottles from friends and family as gifts.  They know I would have a hard time without it!

2.  I have no sense of orientation whatsoever, and get in frequent trouble because of it.  I turn to the wrong side on the street and inside buildings. I get lost going from the bathroom to  my table in restaurants. It is pathetic and at times very embarrassing.

3. I am very good both at parallel and back -parking,  love the challenge of fitting our pick up truck in the tiniest spots.  And, I am obviously very modest! 😉

4. I used to drive a Porsche 944 Turbo.  Red. Gorgeous. Not a wise economical decision from a maintenance perspective  (it had over 100 thousand miles when I bought it), but I had a blast driving it!

5.  I studied Mandarin Chinese for a few years, wish one day I can find the energy and time to go back to it. Writing ideograms is an introspective and rewarding experience.

6.  Every day for the past 4 years, I send a picture of something beautiful (landscape, animals, flowers, sunsets) by email to a group of family members and friends. I call it “Beleza do Dia” (Beauty of the Day), and really enjoy doing it.

7. My motto: everything in moderation, except exercise… 😉    I have more than 30 fitness-related DVDs to provide enough “muscle confusion”, although P90X is my favorite.

Thank you so much, Alaina, for passing me this award!

ONE YEAR AGO:  A Simple Appetizer (Baked Ricotta)

TWO YEARS AGO: Sour Cream Sandwich Bread

THREE YEARS AGO: Pasta with Zucchini Strands and Shrimp


  1. I enjoy Kelly’s blog as well! Too funny that you were on the same wavelength.. I think great minds think alike! I love the flavors in this, the combination of apples with the cauliflower too.. just wonderful. As always, I can’t wait to make this one.. I’ve got company tomorrow night, just have to make sure his son likes shrimp:) xx Smidge
    ps.. a porsche.. a red porsche!!?? Seriously good fun!!


  2. The shrimp look SO good but I think I’d stick to rice and give the cauliflower puree a miss.🙂 I’m with you on #2 and envy you your ability for #3. Parking is NO my thing.


    • Lots of folks seem to have the disorientation issue. In fact, it is a known phenomenon studied by neurologists – I once found a lengthy article about it, it was great to finally understand it. I did not bookmark it, and was never able to retrieve it again… (sigh)


  3. Ah, Sally, thank you for the double mention and how amazingly cosmic indeed (subliminal, virtual inspiration is even better ;-)) – your shrimp look fantastic by the way – very juicy! I must give your recipe a go sometime.

    Congratulations on your award – loved reading all the tidbits of information. Sending out an inspiration every day… that’s just got to be good karma😉 – your family members must love your daily beauty. I lose all sense of orientation in shopping malls… going around in circles until I start to panic, as in, GET ME OUT of here!!! (they build them that way on purpose you know, to trap us!).


  4. Congrats for receiving the award, Sally. Unfortunately, I share your lack of orientation. It’s embarrassing but it does have its perks. No one ever asks me to be navigator when we’re on a road trip.
    Both of these dishes sound tasty. Love the idea of adding citrus and spice to shrimp. And adding a touch of apple to the cauliflower purée is such a great idea. Even so, I never would have thought of combining the two dishes. Now, though, I want to go out and start buying ingredients. They really do sound that good! Thanks for sharing both.


  5. Kelly’s cauliflower puree inspired me as well. I haven’t had the chance to make it yet, but I certainly intend to! Now I’m going to have to make the shrimp with it too. Love that you send a beauty of the day email to your friends and family. That is inspiring!!! Well-deserved award.🙂


    • I usually drive on highways 9 miles per hour over the limit – but in my Porsche days it was hard to control that baby. A little more gusto on the accelerator and the thing would explode…. fun (expensive) times! 😉


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