Funny things happen when you talk about blogging with people. You find that they share similar interests – interests that you may never have stumbled upon otherwise. This happened to me today during a chat with a co-worker, who happens (unbeknownst to me) to be a pretty big foodie. Not only do he and his wife love to dine out, they also love to cook, AND they love to read food blogs! It was interesting to get some perspective on what makes another foodie read a blog – and what doesn’t. So, according to my foodie colleague:
- Blog must have photographs – good photos…quality photos, not 2MP on a camera phone.
- The food in said blog must look appetizing.
- If the blog contains good links, the quality level is boosted.
My sister, Josie, became a vegetarian a few years ago, and ever since then she has craved a replacement for tacos that doesn’t involve refried beans, and feels “meaty” in texture. Nothing fancy, just standard tacos seasoned with the flavor packet from the grocery store. Tonight I think we found the magic substitution – canned Great Northern Beans. It was delicious! Being a meat eater, I added seared shrimp to my tacos (cooked separately in a grill pan), but I think they would have been awesome without. Josie agrees.
Here’s the rest, in pictures:
|Raw shrimp, thawing|
|Diced onions & garlic for the beans|
|Sautéed onion in olive oil|
|Shrimp, seasoned with salt & pepper|
|Seared shrimp – olive oil, med/high grill pan, 2 min per side|
|Canned Great Northern beans simmering with sautéed onions, garlic,
and taco seasoning, cooked to packet directions
|Warm flour tortillas, diced tomatoes from my neighbors’ garden, cilantro from Truffula Seed Produce & cheddar
|Bean & taco seasoning reduction|
|Bean tacos – vegetarian style|
|Bean tacos with seared shrimp|