Mushroom Spring Rolls
Mushroom Spring Rolls
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Mushroom Spring Rolls
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the mushrooms and the shrimp, you can either use a knife to mince the stems, caps, and shrimp or just run them through a meat grinder if you have one, using the coarse plate, aka, the wagon wheel, you can mince the mushrooms and shrimp at the same time with the grinder.
  2. Prepare the chilies, garlic, and basil.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when hot, add the chilies and garlic, stir fry for a minute, then add the shrimp, mushrooms, sauces, sugar, and basil. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool to room temp.
  4. To assemble the spring rolls, first we need to make the glue to seal the edge of the pastry. Mix together the water and corn starch in a small bowl, set that aside but close to where you will be working.
  5. Open the package of spring roll sheets. Carefully pull off one sheet and place smooth side down on a clean counter with one corner of the sheet facing you. Very important, place a damp towel on the unused sheets, if the sheets dry out they are hard to pull apart and will tear. (This is where two people is very handy, one to pull the the pastry apart and the other rolling the spring rolls.)
  6. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  7. Fold the bottom (the corner closest to you) up over the filling.
  8. Tightly roll, the filling will spread some, that is fine. When the roll is in the widest part of the pastry (left and right corners will be on the sides of the roll) fold each side towards the center. The roll should be about 5 inches long, and should look like an open envelope.
  9. Continue to roll, and when there is just a pointy section at the end away from you, use your finger and apply some of the cornstarch slurry you made just a few minutes ago to the edges of the pointy section (just like sealing an envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  10. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets.
  11. To fry these, heat about 1 inch of oil in a pot. When hot, add 4-5 spring rolls at a time and fry, turn often, until golden brown, These cook fast so keep an eye on them. Remove to paper towels to drain and fry the remaining rolls.
  12. Let cool for a few minutes then serve hot as is or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. My Sweet & Sour Sauce is listed as a shortcut in the Recipe Notes section.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variant: 1. Bake instead of fry, place on a rack on a baking sheet, spray with oil all sides, bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven until golden brown.

This recipe for Mushroom Parcels is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Petah’s Cajun Sausage Dish
Petah's Cajun Sausage Dish
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This comes from a good friend and is made with what he had on hand at the time, I will say he nailed this, it sounds delicious. On my to cook list. I will adjust the prep and cooking times when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Petah's Cajun Sausage Dish
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This comes from a good friend and is made with what he had on hand at the time, I will say he nailed this, it sounds delicious. On my to cook list. I will adjust the prep and cooking times when I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Slice the sausages on an angle, about 1/4 inch thick slices. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large non stick pan and cook the sausage until nicely browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Same pan, heat a little more olive oil then add the onion, peppers, and garlic. Season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning to taste, and cook until the veggies are just soft.
  3. Add the stock to the pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Add the sausage and diced tomatoes, stir occasionally until it returns to a low boil.
  5. Add the shrimp and simmer until they turn pink then remove from heat.
  6. Serve over rice or with a baguette. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will say Fair cost for now until I can locate that particular sausage or a suitable substitute.

Shortcut: Cajun Seasoning.

Variant: 1. Use Creole seasoning in place of the Cajun seasoning.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Petah Wheetstraw.
United States.

Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
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This is an upgraded version of the classic Chinese steamed egg (水蒸蛋) from a good friend, and sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
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This is an upgraded version of the classic Chinese steamed egg (水蒸蛋) from a good friend, and sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs and water and mix well.
  2. Add the shrimp if using, the carrot, and mushrooms and mix those in. Pour the mixture into two small heatproof dishes.
  3. Place the dishes in a steamer (your preferred preference for steaming) and bring up the heat to high. When the water is boiling, steam covered for 7-8 minutes or until the egg is set. Remove the cover and steam for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove the dishes, add a dash or two of sesame oil to each dish and sprinkle with the sliced spring onion.
  5. Serve and enjoy. This can be a nice breakfast, a light lunch, or a light dinner with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp and Mushroom from Spice the Plate.

Garlic Cilantro Shrimp
Garlic Cilantro Shrimp
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I love some good fresh shrimp and this recipe sounds as a perfect way to prepare them. Common ingredients is a bonus as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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I love some good fresh shrimp and this recipe sounds as a perfect way to prepare them. Common ingredients is a bonus as well. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, salt, and cilantro.
  2. Add the shrimp to the mixing bowl and mix to coat all the shrimp. Cover and place in the fridge for 10 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  3. When you are ready to cook, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a non stick pan, when hot, add the diced onion and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side.
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I see the prices in Tesco. I will say Fair cost per serving for now.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice – Yangzhou Version
Classic Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Classic Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large non stick pan and add the peas and carrots, cook until tender, remove from pan.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and when hot, add the shrimp, cook until just pink, remove from pan.
  3. Add the rice to the wok or pan, use your spatula and make a hole in the center down to the pan, add the remaining oil and pour in the beaten eggs, stir fry to mix together the eggs and rice.
  4. Add the peas, carrots, ham, shrimp, soy sauce, pinch of salt and the white pepper, stir fry to mix everything together.
  5. Add the spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add a few drops of sesame oil to the beaten eggs before pouring into the pan.

This recipe for Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version is from China Sichuan Food.

Soy Sauce Fried Rice
Soy Sauce Fried Rice
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This comes from a good friend in China and this sounds really tasty. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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This comes from a good friend in China and this sounds really tasty. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large non stick pan, when hot, add the shrimp and fry until pink then remove the shrimp.
  2. Add remaining oil to the pan, when hot, pour in the beaten eggs, cook and scramble the eggs breaking them up as the cook.
  3. When the eggs are just cooked, add the rice, shrimp, cabbage (if using), soy sauces, and a pinch of salt. Stir fry well to coat everything with the soy sauces.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Soy Sauce Fried Rice is from China Sichuan Food.

Shrimp Omelet
Shrimp Omelet
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This is basically a Thai style omelet but without any folding, the filling is just mixed into the beaten eggs.
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Shrimp Omelet
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This is basically a Thai style omelet but without any folding, the filling is just mixed into the beaten eggs.
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the shrimp, cook them with any method you prefer, such as steaming, boiling, or sauteing. If the shrimp you are using are sort of big, go ahead and chop them into 3/4 inch pieces. For these, I just dropped them into a small pot of boiling water, when they turn pink, drain and drop into cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat well, season with white pepper powder as desired. Get everything else chopped, here, everything ready.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan with a good splash of oil, hot but not smoking.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp, spring onion, and cilantro into the eggs and mix together.
  5. Pour the egg mixture all at once into the pan, it will puff as well.
  6. Use a spatula and lift up the sides to let the egg mixture run onto the hot pan. Cook until the bottom is set and golden brown.
  7. Flip the omelet over and cook until the bottom is now set.
  8. Flip one more time and serve. This was my dinner last night, can also serve family style and just place the plate in the center of the table and everyone can dig in.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Common method to make a Thai Omelet.

Crab & Shrimp Soup
Crab & Shrimp Soup
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I made this on 26 Feb 2018 on a whim. I used fresh chicken stock I made in my pressure cooker (perfect), added some veggies, imitation crab and some shrimp, easy and delicious!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Crab & Shrimp Soup
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I made this on 26 Feb 2018 on a whim. I used fresh chicken stock I made in my pressure cooker (perfect), added some veggies, imitation crab and some shrimp, easy and delicious!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the stock and water to a large pot and add the potatoes and bay leaf, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes or so until the potatoes are nearly fork tender.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a non stick pan with a splash of olive oil and when hot, add the onion and diced celery. Stir often, you are not trying to brown this, just softening up onion and celery.
  3. When the onion and celery is softened, add that to the pot with the potatoes.
  4. When the potatoes are just about fork tender, add the chopped up crab sticks to the pot and just let the soup simmer on low heat. Add the broken spaghetti. Season with pepper to taste.
  5. While the soup is simmering and the spaghetti cooking, clean the shrimp. When the spaghetti is cooked, add the shrimp and the chopped celery tops.
  6. Turn off the heat and cover and the hot soup will cook the shrimp in a few minutes.
  7. When the shrimp are pink, remove the bay leaf, ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I get the imitation crab, for now, with 6 to 8 servings, this is low cost.

Shortcut: Chicken Stock (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Add bite size pieces of whitefish. 2. Add diced carrots, daikon, or mushrooms.

Just a soup I threw together, worked out great, Lee Thayer.
Thailand.

C. W. Steamed Shrimp
C. W. Steamed Shrimp
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This comes from a good friend, and sounds excellent! I can imagine the taste of the shrimp. On my to cook list. Remember the most important part is just pink shrimp, if over cooked result is tough shrimp, important if using large shrimp. I will list steps for fresh and frozen shrimp.
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
C. W. Steamed Shrimp
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This comes from a good friend, and sounds excellent! I can imagine the taste of the shrimp. On my to cook list. Remember the most important part is just pink shrimp, if over cooked result is tough shrimp, important if using large shrimp. I will list steps for fresh and frozen shrimp.
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: hungry people
Instructions
  1. In a large steamer pot, add all of the ingredients as stated and mix together. Place a steamer rack or basket over the liquid.
  2. Add the shrimp to the steamer basket in layers, sprinkling with Old Bay and black pepper between the layers.
  3. Cover the steamer pot and bring to a boil.
For Frozen Shrimp
  1. Once the liquid is boiling, set a timer, 15 to 18 minutes is your target time, goal is all the shrimp pink. Mix the shrimp in the basket once in a while. Larger shrimp will be more time.
For Fresh Shrimp
  1. Once the liquid is boiling, set a timer, 10 minutes is your target time, goal is all the shrimp pink. Mix the shrimp in the bask once in a while. Larger shrimp will be more time.
When the Shrimp are Done
  1. Dump the shrimp to a large tray, serve with cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, an adult beverage (for adults), and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get shrimp again. I will say fair cost for now.

Recipe provided by good friend, C. W. Elliot, and the original recipe is here.
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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. All of the Salad ingredient to a large bowl and toss together. Feel free to use a lettuce of your choice.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in place of the clove of garlic.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat everything. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.