About Me
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.

My Complete Profile

Recent Posts
Soured Off
Berries & Cherries
Merry Christmas
Menu for Hope V
A friend of this blog, Prince Wine Store is agai...
Masterchef Australia
Menu for Hope V
The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World
The Eureka Stockade
Wild Cranberry Sauce

1001 Dinners 1001 Nights
A Few of My Favourite Things
Abstract Gourmet
Apellation Australia
Becks and Posh
BurgerMary ATX
Cook (almost) Anything at least once
Cooking Down Under
Cook sister!
Cooked And Bottled In Brunswick
David Lebovitz
Deep Dish Dreams
Chef Paz
Chubby Hubby
Eating Melbourne
Eating With Jack
essjay eats
Food Lover's Journey
Grab Your Fork
I Am Obsessed With Food
I Eat Therefore I Am
Iron Chef Shellie
Just Desserts
Kalyn's Kitchen
Kitchen Wench
Matt Bites
Melbourne Gastronome
My Kitchen in Half Cups
Nola Cuisine
Not Quite Nigella
Nourish Me
Seriously Good
Souvlaki For The Soul
Stone Soup
Syrup and Tang
Steve Don't Eat It!
That Jess Ho
The Elegant Sufficiency
The Perfect Pantry
The View From My Porch
Thyme for Cooking
Tumeric & Saffron
tummy rumbles
What I Cooked Last Night
where's the beef
Vicious Ange

Food Blog Resources
Food Blog S'cool
I Eat I Drink I Work
Kiplog Food Links

Food for Thought
Autism Victoria
Autism Vox
forget me now
Lotus Martinis
MOM - Not Otherwise Specified
St Kilda Today

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

At 1:50 pm, Anonymous Anonymous 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!


Post a Comment

<< Home


Recipe Categories
Cakes & Desserts

November 2005
December 2005
January 2006
February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
May 2006
June 2006
July 2006
August 2006
September 2006
October 2006
November 2006
December 2006
January 2007
February 2007
March 2007
April 2007
May 2007
June 2007
July 2007
August 2007
September 2007
October 2007
November 2007
December 2007
January 2008
February 2008
March 2008
April 2008
May 2008
June 2008
July 2008
August 2008
September 2008
October 2008
November 2008
December 2008
January 2009
February 2009
March 2009
May 2009
June 2009
September 2009
October 2009
November 2009
December 2009
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
February 2011
March 2011
April 2011
May 2011
June 2011
July 2011
August 2011
September 2011
July 2012

Prev ~ List ~ Random ~ Join ~ Next
Site Ring from Bravenet

Site Feed

counter easy hit

Blog Design by:

Image created by:
Ximena Maier

Powered by:

Photos, Original Recipes, and Text - (C) Copyright: 2005-2010
At My Table by Neil Murray, all rights reserved.
You may re-post a recipe, please give credit and post a link to this site.

Contact Me
Neil Murray

Follow messytable on Twitter