Cooking with a newborn is challenging at best and nearly impossible most days. I am learning that anything I make these days has to come together quickly, cannot have too many ingredients, and needs to yield left overs. These cold, creamy sandwiches have the slight heat of curry with the crunch of cucumbers all layered between little buttery croissants. The five glorious minutes it took me to down the three shown above were quickly leading to a food coma… And then the baby cried and woke me from my shrimp oasis.
I had never made these sandwiches before, but they were a constant in my childhood. Curried shrimp sandwiches were one of my mom’s signature “party dishes”. She used good ole’ Mrs. Baird’s white bread, trimmed off the crusts, and cut them into little triangles. One reason these little sandwiches seemed so fancy to me was because we NEVER had white bread in the house any other time…I always envied my friends’ lunch boxes filled with Cheetos and PBJ on WHITE bread. Our standard whole grain bread with little “seeds” in it pretty much tasted like dirt to a 10 year old. I’m lamenting my poor “underprivileged” lunch upbringing, but I truly made up for it pretty quickly in high school downing Junior Mints, Oreos, Hot Pockets and many other forbidden foods of my childhood. Ok, enough of that…
-1 pound of cooked, peeled shrimp
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-1 sliced cucumber
-1/4 cup chopped green onions
-1 tablespoon lemon juice
-1 and ½ teaspoons yellow curry powder
-1/2 teaspoon cumin
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-8 mini croissants (or 5 full sized)
1 1. Pull tails off of shrimp and cut in half. Add lemon juice to shrimp. Chop onions and add to shrimp.
2 2. In separate bowl, mix mayo, curry, cumin, and salt. Once combined, add to shrimp and mix.
3. Place thinly sliced cucumbers on half of a croissant. Add a generous portion of shrimp and enjoy!
PS: My baby is a month old…I can’t believe it. Already she has changed so much. I’m trying not to let myself think, “I can’t wait until she laughs or recognizes us or does (XYZ)”. I’m trying to realize she’ll only be this age once and I need to soak it all up and enjoy right where she is today. (But still…I can’t wait to hear her first laugh.)
Also, I’m finishing this book, and it is shaking me up! I’m really beginning to question how much stuff we consume and how much of it we actually need…A couple friends and I are getting together soon to brainstorm how 2013 will be different. A year of less. Less waste. Less spending. Less consuming without consideration. Oh boy, I’m not sure if I’m ready to go public with it, but I know it keep from flaking out. More on this later…