Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Corner View: Staple Foods

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For many Floridians, boiled peanuts are a staple food. They are sold from stands like this one, or just from the backs of pick-up trucks along the highway. Even though we have been here about 6 years, I am not really a Floridian and do not like boiled peanuts. I think it must be an acquired taste. The kids at the school where I work, act like I'm nuts when I pass up their offers to share the boiled peanuts they have in their lunches.

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Along the coast, shrimp are a big industry.

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DH has made this wonderful shrimp dish several times recently, because it's too hot to cook and this requires no cooking. He places the pre-cooked shrimp in a bowl with homemade salsa and lets it sit in the refrigerator for a while to marinate. Then, just before serving, he adds diced avocado.



For my son, the staple of his diet is popcorn with butter and nutritional yeast,

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and when my oldest daughter is here, we can never have enough oranges.

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We also live only a short walk from the University of Florida orange grove.


I hope you are all hungry, because there are many more participants for this movable feast listed at Spain Daily

20 comments:

Ula said...

That's sad, there's actually a way that I am a better Floridian then you are. I like the boiled peanuts. Nutritional yeast is good too. And ORANGES!

jane said...

this is great! we don´t have boiled peanuts up north (phila) never heard of them... mmmm and those shrimp! besos! jane

fuoriborgo.com said...

Boiled peanuts?! I'd definitely go for the shrimps, I love them.

Pamela said...

Great post! When we lived in Jacksonville, we went to the Fernandina Beach Shrimp Festival - everything you ever wanted to know about and do with shrimp was found there! I love your DH's recipe - it' sort of a ceviche with a Mexican twist! I don't like boiled peanuts either.

Joyce said...

I don't think I have had boiled peanuts. I will have to try some day. Shrimp looks good! xoxo

earthycrunchy said...

my dad has told me about the peanuts! He can't get used to them either.

caitlin said...

I don't think I have ever tried a boiled peanut.. but now I kind of want to. Great post. I feel like I know Florida a bit better now.

Cris Siqueira said...

shrimp and popcorn are so delicious!!!

Daan said...

ooh those Oranges , to bite for!

denise said...

Oh, I remember boiled peanuts when I lived in florida. And deep fried alligator. :)

The Bookworm said...

I've never heard of a boiled peanut before! Those oranges look lovely.

Cate said...

i miss boiled peanuts so much. we had them growing up in georgia, and i still can taste that salty, a wee bit slimey goodness. mmmmm. like mother's milk

MODsquad said...

Oh, that shrimp looks fantastic!!! We need to try that. I've always wanted to try boiled peanuts. I've heard of people putting them in their soda/pop. Which actually sounds good to me!

Happy Day... Stay cool!

Erin said...

Crazy, we just saw boiled peanuts for the first time while in SC. We were like, "What in the heck are these?" Then intimidated, we put them back on the shelf.. lol.

malo said...

I am not much og a peanut fan either but I love shrimps. That salsa/shrimp dish looks delicious.

Di said...

Oh to be able to walk out and pick fresh oranges!! How great that would be!

Anne said...

I never tried boiled peanuts!.....:)

Bonnie said...

shrimp ... yes please !!!

trinsch said...

oi, the shrimps. i love schrimps. and seafood in general. and fresh oranges :)

Lisa said...

Popcorn is a staple in my family too, the nutritional yeast added to it is a great idea!

Lisa :)

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