We are a family of merbabies who love the sea, the beach, floating in water, and seafood. Here are a few simple dishes pleasing enough for even the most fastidious mermaid.
Low tide leaves a story of footprints to ponder at. Warm weather rolls in waves of misty fog days. Blueberry and rose branches drip snowdrops. Dogs and merbabies run wild on empty beaches, free and smiling, splashing in the water, unaware of what shoes they may be wearing. Once again, we are out in vast nature, where we have always belonged, our true home, our peaceful cloud that lifts hearts and sighs, smiling.
Tranquil water sounds of waves rippling on the pebbly sand is the perfect setting for writing stories and letters, which are sometimes the same thing. When your body is at rest, your mind follows and flows clearly onto the page. Wherever you are, find and research natural places near you to rest your senses. Even in your home, find and research ways to rest your body and mind in healthy, positive ways. Each of us has unending inspiration and creativity that is happy to flow naturally, if we allow for it to happen. Breathe and journal. Let your true inner voice guide your life along your unique pathway. Smile, knowing you are being your beautiful self.
“I came back from the depths of the sea hating wet things: I shook out the waves that fondled me like a dog and suddenly I was happy enough with my disembarcation of the earth earthy, again!” ~Pablo Neruda. (Another One, Late and Posthumous Poems 1968-1974, a book I kept in my oil-painted messenger bag all throughout school and now lives on my bookshelf to read and smile at underlined pen marks on rainy days.)
As a young teen, that phrase always made me laugh. I love the water, but as with everything, there needs to be balance. We all need breaks and healthy proportions of each little thing in our life for us to feel level, not drowning, nor dried out. How good it feels to shower and slip into cozy pajamas after a day out in the sunny waters. How good it feels to run into the fresh, supportive water the next morning, after a long, dry slumber on land.
Coconut Lemon Shrimp
Light, sweet bites from the ocean are wonderful for a family dinner, a party, cozy company, or a picnic on the beach. I have always associated lemons with happiness. Their flavour lends smiles, sweet or sour. When I am near the ocean, I feel lemony. (Amor Milagre’s Lemon Poem Film coming soon.)
Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:
1/2 lb Wild Caught Local Shrimp, (Gulf of Maine) or however much you need for your meal.
Pepper (Salt Optional)
1 C Shredded Coconut
1/4 C Cornmeal (Optional)
2-3 tbsp Butter
Melt 2-3 tbsp of butter in a large frying pan on medium-low heat. In a small bowl, crack 1 egg, add salt and pepper, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and whisk lightly with a fork.
(Zest whole lemon first onto a plate, then slice and squeeze a little juice into bowl with egg. Place lemons aside for now. Use again below.)
On a large plate, add freshly grated coconut, an optional 1/4 C cornmeal, and the zest of 1 lemon (wash first.) (Prepare the shrimp by de-shelling and de-veining.) Coat the shrimp in the egg, then coat in the coconut mixture, and place in the pan all at once or in batches, so they cook evenly. Turn and cook on both sides just until cooked and plate and serve warm with veggies and salads. Takes 4-5 minutes to cook, depending on size.
This is a great dish for family style meals, buffet set-up parties, and provides amazing leftovers. It’s a great & filling treat for one person too! It allows for more fun at dinner time, and may inspire positive, new directions.
Using the lemons from the shrimp dish, we make various things. Simmer them in water on the stove while cooking the shrimp. Now the lemon water is ready to transform more ‘regulars’ into ‘amazings.’ We try to strech out life cycles as long and well as we can. Compost all natural things like this for rich soil for the garden later.
Clean your kitchen surfaces, your end tables, your laundry! Drink it as tea, as it has many health benefits. Lemon water not only refreshes items, but the mere act of simmering lemons in water on the stove freshens the air in your home and invites smiles, deep breathing, and the inspiring question “Are you baking lemon bars?”
Lemon Cheese Cauliflower
For a wonderful baby/anyone snack, steam cauliflower in a little lemon water with pepper, butter, and parmigiano reggiano cheese. Little and big fingers cannot get enough! Everyone sleeps better when dinner is delicious and filling. Simply good.
Lemon Butter Seared Scallops
Scallops are quick cooks, too. Melt butter in a frying pan on medium-high. Add in a little lemon zest, salt & pepper, and sear the tender scallops for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Eat like this, or on a salad with balsamic vinegar dressing.
Mussels are a favourite here! See our recipes for them here. We’ll be posting new seafood recipes this year.
Back on land for, what is hopefully, a night of rest filled sleep to the sounds of the melting snow. Buona notte! ~Amor
Tonight’s Dinner Music: A fun Motown Mix