Welcome back kotter

My absence is inexcusable. I promised myself when i started this guy that there would be atleast weekly updates. Weeks have gone by without a peep from me. I dunno gang, sometimes I’m just filled with this massive well of ennnui I can barely convince myself to get out of bed in the morning. I need to motivate myself; maybe i can rig my little netbook to blast out Eye of the Tiger every morning. I may be a little more inclined to get up, put some shoes on and take my fat ass on a run.

Thats another development. Im fat now.

Ok, its not that dire, im not fat fat but I have gained like 10 pounds since Ive been here. 10 pounds I need to lose like woah before I balloon up to mythic proportions.

As a cook, its tough peeps. You’re trained to taste everything you make so you don’t send out garbage. On the brightside, im a really good taster. Nothing leaves my pan that doesn’t make a brief pit stop in my mouth to take in the sites, become immersed in the culture and the like.

That coupled with a total unwillingness to exercise will lead to an equation of obesity. I got to nip this in the bud, turn the tide around and to borrow a quote from corporate america , Just Do It.

I can’t bring myself to give you guys a decadent fatty recipe so lets do something relatively healthy:

Shrimp ceviche with strawberrys and Balsamic vinegar:

Lets plate these in martini glasses for height. The base will be a little arugula salad pre-tossed lightly in olive oil. You can mix some pine nuts or walnuts or any kind of nuts in the salad for a little texture. Next, take our shrimp and butterfly them to the base of the tale, pass them through hot water or marinate them in lime juice for a few minutes. The acidity of the lime juice will cook the shrimp and the hot water does the same thing, basically poaching them.

Now, we have the arugula salad at the bottoom of out martini glass, arrange for four cooked shrimp on top of that. Cut two strawberrys in quarters and arrange in whatever creative manner catches your fancy. Drizzle balsamic vinegar over the whole affair and Voila! You’ve got a fancy little plate you can woo a romantic partner with. And if it don’t work my name aint Diego “Longsnake” Abreu


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