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Lovely Internet 9.11.15

1. Kaylee, River, and I are being photographed for Southerners and Their Dogs today. Here’s hoping they cooperate (hah! Fat chance).

2. Africa is not a country, and other facts you maybe didn’t learn in American public schools.

3. My friend Aaron is over on The Dinner Special podcast! He’s the coolest.

4. Fantasizing about giving it all up an living in the Victorian era? (Me either). Here are some other fun activities that you can pursue in your new 19th century life!

5. Blogging is not dead, but also, who cares? Let’s find a better question to ask.

6. I keep misreading this as “homo nailed it” which tells me that this is probably the most on point species of humans yet discovered. Or that I’ve consumed too much pop culture. Either way, congrats Homo Naledi on joining the human race, officially!

7. I’m on day 4 of a 10 day trial with the Headspace app. I’ve been getting up a little early and sitting in my big armchair every morning with the guided meditations, and I have to admit, it’s been fantastic. I’ve struggled with meditating in the past because I don’t like guided imagery, but this is more like the reminders to breathe and focus during savasana. I realized this morning that I was actually excited to get up and do it, which is amazing because I’m not excited to wake up at 6.30 in the morning FOR ANYTHING.

8. I’m also totally into putting a tablespoon of grassfed butter in my coffee every morning. It’s fantastic, and I hear that if you blend it up first it is even better.

9. I use #5 at school all the time.

10. This is just amazing.

 

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Lovely Internet 9.4.15

1. xkcd is doing a survey. It was full of so many strange and seemingly meaningless questions, I can’t wait to see what the end result is.

2. “Excessive politeness only makes sense as cover for something truly sinister. But what?”

3. The subtle language of Polite White Supremacy.

4. Watching TV can change the way we think about racism, sexism, and homophobia. It can change our brains.

5. This is hitting a little too close to home, actually.

6. And to sum up everything that is hilarious and awful and cliche and way too real about food blogging, this masterpiece of literature.

7. “Colonialism was neither romantic nor beautiful.” I mean, come on.

8. His name was Aylan Kurdi.

9. Dan and I are coming up of 6 years as married people and 8 as people who make out. And 10(!) as people who are the most wonderful of friends. After these years I’ll say, it’s not just the making out that keeps us happily together (though it is very nice).

10. The Truth of “Black Lives Matter.”

 

 

For more tidbits from Elena the person, follow me on twitter (@elenabrent or @biscuitsandsuch), instagrampinterest or facebook. Subscribe to my bloglovin’ feed to make sure you never miss a post. Follow along with MissElenaeous for thoughts on everything other than Southern food.

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Chili Lime Shrimp & Scallops with Corn, Zucchini Noodles, & an Avocado Creama

 

So, here we are! We’re six days into my fourth year teaching Montessori preschool here in Wilmington. I have a cold and there’s a tropical storm making my bike rides to and from school a little soggier. I’m also two weeks into my relationship with my new spiralizer, and I feel pretty great about it. In fact, between the spiralizer and the dehydrator I’m feeling genuine enthusiasm to be in the kitchen trying new things for the first time in a while. It’s good to have that back. I missed it.

 

zuchinni and shrimp 2

 

A few years ago, shortly after I finished working on The American Cookbook, my Grammy told me that she was proud of me, a statement that was immediately followed by the clarification that she wasn’t blowing smoke up my ass. Sometimes, when I’m deep in the pits of it feeling like I’m on a blogging hamster wheel that has no foreseeable future, I think of that. Even when it feels like I’ve done nothing but post photos and write bad puns for nobody in particular, it’s good to remember that I’ve accomplished enough to make Mar proud. And she’s not giving out participation trophies over there, Marlene Waldron has high standards.

 

zucchini and shrimp

 

Which is to say, I’ve been in a funk (I think maybe the whole of the blogging world has been in a funk, frankly), but I’m coming out of it. I feel enthusiastic, I feel hungry, and I feel excited. It’s probably all the zucchini noodles I’ve been eating, but don’t quote me on that. Just know that I’m crawling out of the funk, and I’m glad to be back.

 

zucchini and shrimp 4

 

Also, as an aside, I’m fairly certain that this is the longest recipe title in my seven (seven!) years of writing here. I couldn’t figure out a shorter one? All the ingredients seemed important to list. I’ll noodle on alternatives (pun only mostly intended).

 

zucchini and shrimp 5

 

Chili Lime Shrimp & Scallops with Corn, Zucchini Noodles, & an Avocado Creama

serves 2

 

2 medium size zucchini

1 avocado

1 cup Greek yogurt

Juice of 3 limes

10 scallops

10 shrimp

2 cups fresh corn

1 tbsp chipotle powder

Pinch of salt

Butter

 

Heat a pat of butter in a heavy bottom skillet and cook the scallops for 2-3 minutes per side. Set them aside and cook shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side or until pink. Set aside. Toss corn in the same skillet and add the salt and chipotle. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Return the shrimp and scallops to the pan and toss. Remove from heat.

While your seafood and corn are cooking slice your zucchini into long noodle strips. Whisk together mashed avocado, lime juice, and yogurt. Toss zucchini in avocado sauce and portion into bowls. Top with seafood and corn, and serve hot.

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