GRILLED CORN + POBLANO SALAD WITH SHRIMP

Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca

Summer is here and I pray it's a long one. Toronto has been exceptionally rainy this year but the plants are lush and loving it. I spotted a few surprise mushrooms growing in my garden which I'm guessing is from the moisture. Their oblong tops are whimsical and look like they are from psychedelic posters with naked ladies and swirling colours.

Spicy, savoury, and a bit sweet– this meal is a perfect summer dish for rain or shine. It's not too heavy if it's hot out and your appetite is small. This recipe is adapted from Bon Appetit which on it's own is delicious. I marinated and grilled tiger shrimp and blended up an avocado-cilantro dressing for drizzling purposes. While we are at it, grill and caramelize some limes for cocktails (or mocktails) for a hint of smokiness. This paloma would be all the better for it.

Note about poblanos: Poblano peppers are a Mexican pepper originating from the state of Puebla. They are traditionally used in a dish called chiles relleños– poblano peppers roasted, stuffed with cheese, dipped in egg batter and fried. Served with salsa or tomato sauce, they are a delicious and gooey mess. Poblano peppers are green when picked fresh with a mild spiciness. They become ancho chiles when left to ripen to a red colour and dried. This recipe calls for fresh poblanos which can be difficult to find depending on where you are. If you must substitute, try mild jalapeños first, cubanelles if you prefer less heat, or green bell peppers if you desire no heat. I would not substitute ancho chiles. Although they are the same pepper, they taste completely different taking on a smoky flavour in their dried state.

Who knew corn husk could be so stunning. Isn't she beautiful?

Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca

Summer barbecues are the best. The smell of food and smoke, people gathered together cracking beers, and soaking in the sunshine. Sometimes the barbecue bleeds into nighttime and takes on a  new wild vibe. I love it all.

Years ago on a hot July day, my best friend and I moved into a new apartment on one of the most beautiful streets in Toronto, Palmerston Avenue. The street is lined with large lamp posts and old homes with mysterious attic windows and front hanging balconies. I heard a story years ago about these street lamps. It was that a rich couple used to live on Palmerston and one day the wife began falling ill with dementia. On walks she would lose sense of where she was and become lost among the streets. Her husband bought elegant lamp posts to line their street to help her find her way home during a spell. I don't remember who told me this story but I thought it was tragically beautiful and stuck with me. After much research, I have found zero evidence to prove this story is true. I'll call it folklore (or someone trying to take me home from the bar). When you say you live on Palmerston Avenue to someone from Toronto they go all “ooooo" and “aaahh" and “what a beautiful street, your place must be amazing!". Our place was amazing... when it was built in the early 1900s. Unfortunately no work was put into it in sixty years. It was the eyesore of the street.

We were weak, sweaty and dehydrated after the ten hours of moving our stuff into the apartment. Our neighbours helped us with some furniture at the end like the lovely humans they were. This was good timing since we almost threw out a one of our beds from sheer fatigue. They invited us to join the barbecue they were having and we were eager to accept hunched over and expired from the heat and the day. We decided to take a quick shower before heading over so my roommate Alex got in first and one minute later started screaming. I ran into the bathroom to see the faucet from the bathtub had blasted clean off and there was water spraying out in every direction with Alex naked trying to shield herself from the explosion. “MEGAN MAKE IT STOP!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!" she screamed. “I'M TRYING!!! I'M NOT A PLUMBER!!! I DON'T UNDERSTAND TAPS!" I yelled back while shoving my hand on and around the water stream doing nothing to help it. I turned taps back and forth for awhile until the water was only a constant drizzle. We said fuck it and I took a trucker shower (washing my face and armpits in the sink) and went down to join the barbecue. They served us chicken and corn which we inhaled with a few beers each. An intravenous would have suited us just fine. Soon after this day we became very close with our neighbours, but I don't recall anyone speaking to us at this barbecue. Probably because we looked like sickly wet rodents huddled together shoving food into our mouths as quickly as possible. And that was the beginning of our life on Palmerston Ave. It only got weirder from there. But it gave us many memorable stories which include (but are not limited to):

  • a locked shed in the backyard with childrens' dolls and broken plates 
  • a bouncer/drug dealer called “Big Ron" who frequented out place at night unannounced looking for our neighbours who were always “out".
  • a creepy old man entering our apartment at 3 am because he heard the toilet running.

All true stories. Stories for another time.  

Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled limes || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Paloma with grilled lime || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca
Grilled Limes || Grilled Corn + Poblano Salad with Tiger Shrimp || Delicious and healthy summer salad recipe grilled on the bbq. Perfect for parties and hot days! || creamandhoney.ca

Now go soak in the sunshine and enjoy the summer while it's here, okay? 

xx


GRILLED CORN + POBLANO SALAD WITH SHRIMP

the magic

inspiration:                           fresh corn + hot sweaty days

the feels:                              spicy, sweet, savoury, light, fresh

eat with:                               palomas, margaritas, cucumber water,                                               citrus/herb water, fresh squeezed juice,                                             corona or sol, sangria, roasted                                                         potatoes, potato hash, steak, chorizo,                                                 cheese (cotija or feta), clams, crab. 

might like if you're into:       cantinas, inflatable water toys,                                                         learning about corn, backyard                                                         barbecues, rainbows after a storm.

the science

serves 4 || cooking time: 15 mins prep + resting time: 40 mins

ingredients:

                                                                                                                                                                                                salad

  • 5 corn, in husk
  • 2 poblano peppers
  • oil, for grill
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water, start with 2 and add more as needed
  • good pinch of salt 

shrimp

  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper chile flakes

method:

  1. Turn on barbecue. Clean grate if needed and oil well.
  2. Mix everything under the shrimp heading (except for the shrimp) together and pour into a resealable bag or shallow dish. Add shrimp and toss well. Keep in the fridge covered or sealed for minimum 30 minutes. 
  3.  Grill corn (dry and still in husks, no need to soak in water) and poblano peppers until charred, turning every few minutes once each side is blackened. The corn takes between 10 and 15 minutes and will be blackened/ dark brown on all sides. The peppers take between 8 to 10 minutes and will have blackened crispy spots and feel tender. Remove and let all vegetables cool. 
  4. Shuck corn and cut off corn kernels into a medium sized bowl. Cut open peppers and remove seeds. Chop and add to bowl of corn.
  5. Remove shrimp from fridge and stab onto skewers. Grill shrimp on barbecue for 2 minutes per side. 
  6. Add all remaining ingredients (from avocado to salt) to a blender/food processor and blend well. Keep adding water tablespoon by tablespoon depending on how thick (dipping consistency) or thin (dressing consistency) you prefer. 
  7. Serve all separately and let people do what they want or mix salad, shrimp and dressing/dip together. Garnish with cut limes and cilantro if desired. 

 

Shrimp marinade + dressing adapted from The Recipe Critic.

Corn and poblano salad adapted from Bon Appetit

 

 

STUFF + THINGS

STUFF + THINGS || creamandhoney.ca

W A T C H || The Keepers. Warning: it's very disturbing, but also addictive and filled with mystery and guessing games. It's on Netflix so binge away friends.

L I S T E N || The Joe Rogan Experience #919 podcast with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dark matter, quantum physics and space movie talk– it's got all the good stuff. Did you know we have left a crazy amount of space garbage in the atmosphere? Humans have only been exploring space since 1957 and we have left a beehive of millions of pieces of space junk orbiting around our planet at 18,000 miles and hour! So they can't catch any of it and it would mean the end of everything if you hit it. It's still blowing my freaking mind! More about space junk here. Also a video of it so you can get an idea of the sheer amount space garbage or you can watch in real time hovering around us here at stuffin.space, a very cool program developed by James Yoder.

R E A D  || About boredom and creativity. I promise it's not boring and it's important for our brains no matter how much we resist it. I vow to be bored more often and here are some ways to prepare myself. 

M A K E || Cold tea for hot days. I've been making up a lot of these lately. Simply steep loose leaf tea (or bags) in a pitcher of cold water in the fridge overnight. Pour over some ice and add a bit of honey simple syrup if desired for a refreshing beverage on a hot day. (photo above: orange-berry cold tea).        To make honey simple syrup: 1 part honey + 1 part hot water. Stir in a pan over the stove or if you're feeling lazy, boil water in a kettle, pour over honey and stir until dissolved. Keep in airtight container in fridge for up to three weeks.

J O U R N A L || The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron. Just started this book and I AM IN LOVE. If you've ever read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert you will enjoy this book since she was very inspired by it. Set up in a weekly project format, you get to work on opening and indulging your creativity and mind in various ways. 

 

TUSCAN BEANS + TOAST

Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca

Let's sit and have a chat. First we'll make something comforting (beans and toast) but with a more grown up feel by using Tuscan inspired ingredients. Tuscany is a very adult place in my mind. It's dreamy and romantic with beautiful food, wine and rolling hills scoring the countryside. Purchasing property and divorce are two very adult things and Diane Lane does both in Under The Tuscan Sun. These beans are easy to make, very satiating but feel a tad more distinguished than your average frank and beans. But if you're feeling a more classic style but certainly not average, Joy the Baker makes some mean frank and beans.  So, now that we have our meal (and a glass of red wine), let's talk. 

Bra Thoughts: underwire, bralettes, or bare breasts? That is the question.

Bottom line: do whatever makes you feel most comfortable in your body. But for the most part, gone are the days of women strapping on heavily padded braziers that made breasts look like cantaloupes (and felt almost as firm). I have memories of boys touching my breasts overtop my bra and I could barely feel a thing. They were still excited to be caressing spheres of thick fabric no matter how much or little actual breast was underneath. In my teens and early twenties, fashion was more focused around being overtly sexy while sexiness now has a subtly to it. It was all low rise jeans, tight spaghetti string tank tops with gel and air padded bras. Remember those?! Or the low cut tank tops that had built-in underwire, which in hindsight was so you could skip the bra but not for my friends and I! We would wear push up bras underneath giving us lift times a gagillion. Our tits looked like they were grown directly from our neck. It was great. By great I mean it was just what we wanted. This was also the time when girls would pull their thongs above their jeans. This one was too much even for us. Just a hair below stripper is where we drew the line. We were teenage girls with dignity, okay?!?! Drinking vodka by the mouthful, chain smoking cigarettes, and starting Ja Rule dance parties everywhere we went. This was also the era of the furiously popular lower back tattoo. That was a given when I referenced Ja Rule, right? Thank f*#king Christ I never got one. And if you got one, I consider you a survivor and I'm here for you. Or maybe you're totally still rocking that tribal design or butterfly. You go girl. 

My theory on underwire bras and they're diminishing popularity.  

  1. Underwire is uncomfortable. Period.                             
  2. Women are becoming more accepting of their bodies. Well, we are at least trying right!? Maybe we aren't totally there but I do think it's changing. More and more women are speaking out about body image and self love. We can stop pretending our breasts are perfect globes perched atop our clavicle bone. Who knew?! Well, we did. And so did men. So why were we all pretending otherwise?                                                                                                                        
  3. Bralettes are very cute and comfortable. Lacey, sporty, strappy, sexy– they have it all.
  4. Underwire bras feels like lying to me. Lying to myself and to others about my body. Every women has experienced moments of self-consciousness after removing her bra wondering if the person in front of her realizes her breasts are half the size or a different shape than they appeared to be. Isn't it kind of mean to ourselves? Are we telling our breasts they're not good enough or not beautiful just the way they are. Forcing them into a boob dungeon disguised as underwear, like they've been bad or done something wrong for being who they are?! No no. Not anymore! Now I nestle a bralette around them like a cozy boob pocket or I let them sit freely. At first it was an adjustment. I noticed how much smaller they looked and how my clothes looked different on my body. But once I got used to it, I loved it! There was no turning back. I felt sexier and more true to myself, and I swear my breasts look better than ever. They weren't getting enough self love before and now I've finally let them be them and they are happier. If an underwire makes you feel more comfortable, all the power to that decision. I know women with larger breasts who genuinely feel better because they get more support and I understand that. Either way, let's all try and love our breasts just the way they are and in whatever type of bra or no bra that entails. Also, can we all get a Froobs shirt? Yes? Okay.
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca

Let's also take a reflective moment to remember our dead homie fashion trends from the early 2000's: (spoiler: it's bad guys. Real bad.) 

  • Lace up crotch pants. Because buttons and zippers were too practical. And you never know when you might lose the string from your lace up cleavage shirt. Fingers crossed you're not wearing them on the same day! 
  • Jeans with no back pockets. No pockets!? But how will I carry anything? Don't worry, sometimes these jeans came with a teeny tiny pocket on the front, about the size of a Werthers Original.
  • Cargo pants. This time was about having no pockets or twenty-five pockets. We were all or nothing. Very hardcore. You could carry like two hundred Werthers Originals in cargo pants. (They were good candies and not just for old people, okay?!)
  • Halter tops. Perceived as the cutest and sexiest shirt of all time in the year 2000. In my teens I had so many halter tops that an entire drawer was devoted to them. The key to this shirt was wearing a halter style bra that left you with a headache and a deep indent on your neck skin when you took it off at night. Pair one with some pocket-free jeans, tuck your lip gloss into your bra and you're ready for science class or a party!
  • Low rise jeans. My mum and my aunt used to call us “trucker butt". They were right. You couldn't leave your house without seeing at least two butt cracks a day during that time. 
  • Butterfly clips. Wear one to spice up your high ponytail or pull back your hair in seven small segments to show off your unique style.
  • Bootcut jeans. A few years ago, my friend went on a few dates with a guy. She said she really liked him– he was kind, good looking and funny. “He sounds great!" I exclaimed. “There's one problem" she said.  “He wears bootcut jeans... I can't. I just can't." And I respect that.
  • Baggy wide leg raver pants. The photo in that link looks exactly like an outfit I wore in grade nine. I actually owned those exact pants, had the same colourful plastic jewelry and wore my hair in that style.
  • A shrug “sweater". Not quite a sweater, not quite a cardigan. Helloooo sexy-granny. 
  • Yellow Livestrong bracelets. You weren't a good person unless you were wearing one to ten of these. 
  • Denim mini skirts. All skirts were the shortest of the short and on a hot day you could slip on some old navy flip flops, and two tank tops layered on top of each other to show your awesome colour coordination. 
  • Trucker hats. To match your trucker butts. Who or what is Von Dutch anyways? I still don't know to this day.

Because of all these terrible pants were considered normal or cool, when skinny jeans and form-fitting pant legs began revealing themselves as the new and ONLY pants to wear, I think I had a mini heart attack. Real thoughts I had:

  • But why does anyone want to wear pants that make their legs look like .... legs?!".
  • My body will look distorted if people see my true leg shape?!"
  • Is this style really going to last though?! Maybe it'll just be a year or two and then flares with rhinestone pockets will be back and everything will be okay!

I'm very happy we now wear pants that fit our legs. I am also happy to say I don't see bootcut, low rise or lace up crotch pants in my future, but you never know... but I probably wouldn't hate if flares came back in a big way. 

Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca
Tuscan Beans + Toast || A 30 minute meal that is easy + delicious for any time of day!  || creamandhoney.ca

Wishing you and your breasts a free flying week!

xx


TUSCAN BEANS + TOAST

the magic

inspiration:               franks and beans + Tuscan daydreams 

the feels:                   comforting, soft and savoury

eat with:                    pesto on top, arugula salad, braised/sauteed                                      kale, sausage, ground lamb instead of bacon,                                      sliced avocado, fresh mozzarella, red wine,                                        amber ale

might like if you're into:   British comfort food, tending herb gardens,                                         rolling Tuscan hillsides, white bean + kale                                         soup12 ways to cook cannellini beans                                     

the science

serves 2 - 3 || time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 

  • 1 can cannellini beans (white kidney), drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup tomato passata (strained and pureed tomatoes)
  • 4 strips pancetta or bacon, diced (optional, but if you are not using you will need to add more salt for flavour)
  • 1/2 large spanish onion, diced
  • 2 dried arbol chiles, finely chopped (or 1 tsp chile flakes)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • fresh parsley and basil finely chopped, 2 tablespoons of each
  • two garlic cloves
  • 4 slices bread
  • grated hard Italian cheese, (pecorino or parmesan) to top
  • eggs, (for poaching or frying if desired) – one per toast slice
  • salt + pepper to taste

method: 

  1. Cook chopped bacon in a large saucepan until fat is rendered or about 5 minutes. 
  2. Move bacon to separate bowl and set aside. Remove bacon fat from pan except for one teaspoon. Add olive oil and onions to pan and cook over medium heat until translucent, usually 5 - 8 minutes. Add dried chile for the last couple minutes of cooking.
  3. Add tomato passata and simmer for 5 minutes. Add beans and cooked bacon to pan and simmer for another 5 minutes. Taste and add salt if desired. I find it depends on the the saltiness of the bacon. You may need to add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt if it tastes a bit bland. Try adding a little at a time.)
  4. Toast bread and poach/fry eggs (if desired). Cut fresh garlic cloves in half and rub directly on to warm toasted bread.
  5. Place toasted bread on plates, layer on beans and one egg on each (if using). Top with grated cheese and chopped herbs. Serve with side arugula salad.