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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009
Clarence River Shrimp


After reading about local fresh shrimp on Haalo's blog Cook (almost) Anything at least once, I kept an eye out for them at Prahran market and eventually came up trumps. These shrimp came from the mighty Clarence River in northern NSW, Australia's largest east coast estuary and found their way to Theo and Sons' stall at the market.

They prove the adage that good things do come in small packages.

While small might seem pesky to some, shrimp have the very sweetest meat and are worth the effort. A hint on quick peeling I picked up from Culinaria Germany, is to hold the head in the fingers of one hand, grab the tail with the other hand and give a sharp twist, which releases the shell from the body and an easy tug releases the meat from the head section.

Not bothering with that, I deep fried them as they were, eating them head, shell and all. My wife D, a veteran at shelling sunflower seeds was happier to peel poached shrimp and devour the sweet flesh with a dab of aioli.

Next time I'm going to have a crack at English style potted shrimp.

They cook in a flash, needing no more than one or two minutes, either poached or fried - be careful with the frying as they tend to splatter hot oil at the start.

At $12kg, Clarence River shrimp are a great bargain and wonderful eating, look out for them.


 
  posted at 1:56 pm
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5 Comments:
At 1:50 pm, Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Fresh shrimp are nonexistent in my part of the world, and whenever I travel to a place that has fresh shrimp, like the Gulf of Mexico, I eat shrimp for every meal -- I just can't get enough. So please enjoy them for me when you next find them at the market!

 
At 9:12 pm, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

If they swam to Texas, would they still be Clarence River Shrimp?
Shrimp are just the best but I'm with D, I'll have mine peeled please.

 
At 10:41 am, Blogger Jeanne said...

Mmmm, shrimp. Potted shrimp is one of the best things I've discovered since moving to the UK. Your abundance of shrimp is enviable!

 
At 10:50 pm, Blogger Intrepid in the Kitchen- JdG: said...

I long for days peeling shrimp in the sun with salt clinging to my eyelashes and sand in my hair! Neil- I am now off to get me some white bread, aioli and fresh shrimp... thank you!
I'm with D too- I never mind peeling them- the prize is worth the effort! Yum.

 
At 2:21 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi lydia, they're great aren't they. The Gulf of Mexico sounds like a pretty fabulous spot to indulge!

Hi tanna, only if they had a tag that said so!!!

Hi jeanne, I can't believe I didn't think of potted shrimp before they were all gone. By the time I went back, guess what, no shrimp.

Hi jdg, ah, the lazy days of summer. Pleasant way to spend some time too. Yum indeed!

 

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