Do you know a family who seems to have the cooking gene? They’re known for their food and people love to get invitations to their meals. Our friends are just such a family of cooks: Esther Rose Graber, the matriarch, with her 5 daughters and 1 daughter-in-law. They’ve been cooking together and collecting recipes for years until their binders were jammed and falling apart.
Their collection is a new cookbook, The Daily Feast: Everyday Meals We Love to Share. Most of the women are professional artists; none of them are trained chefs. However, we are marking lots of their recipes to make: Mexican Posole Stew, Shrimp and Kiwi Salad, Turkish Ottoman Rice Casserole. As a family, the Grabers have both lived and traveled outside the U.S., so they bring intriguing flavors and ideas into their recipes.
Furthermore, our friends have arranged their recipes into menus so that we can focus on recreating a feast, not menu planning. Guess what goes with that Shrimp and Kiwi Salad we have our eye on? Annie’s Carrot Soup, Whole Wheat Bread, and Bob’s Hot Fudge Sauce over Vanilla Ice Cream. Lovely!
Shrimp and Kiwi Salad
The Daily Feast, page 101
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-5 minutes
1 tsp. olive oil
¾ lb. medium-to-large peeled and deveined raw shrimp, about 24-30 shrimp
1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tsp. grated lime rind
⅛ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. black pepper
4-6 cups torn red lettuce leaves
1 ½ cups peeled, cubed kiwi, about 3 kiwi
1. Heat 1 tsp. oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add shrimp. Sauté 3-4 minutes, or just until shrimp turn white and are tinged with pink. Set aside to cool slightly to serve them at room temperature.
3. In a medium bowl combine the 1 Tbsp. olive oil, green onions, cilantro, rice vinegar, lime juice, lime rind, salt, and pepper.
4. Add shrimp. Toss to coat.
5. Divide lettuce among 6 individual salad plates. Divide the shrimp and dressing mixture among them. Finish by topping with the kiwi. Alternatively, arrange the salad on a large platter.