I don’t know about you, but when summer comes, our meat consumption drops dramatically and the fruits and vegetables become the fare of choice. Sometimes, we just use cheese or nuts for the protein necessary for a complete meal. Shrimp also becomes far more important than it is during the winter months. I go through packages of frozen shrimp and plenty of dried shrimp too. Last week when the temperature soared, I didn’t even feel like cooking.
Even though the house has air conditioning, I had to go outside and the heat, even for that short time, killed my appetite. I suppose the five homemade fruit Popsicles I had throughout the afternoon may have also had something to do with it.
Seriously, if you don’t own popsicle molds you really need to buy some. I now own enough to make 18 homemade pops at once. I make all kinds from strictly fruit ones to fruit and yogurt pops. I hide them in the back of the freezer and dole them out to others rather stingily. They’re great healthy snacks….but back to the reason I mentioned my lack of hunger.
Anyway, nothing sounded good and it was getting late. Everyone would want something to eat pretty soon. I looked through my cupboards and the fridge to see what all I had on hand if hoped something would catch my eye. The papaya did, so that’s where I started to search the net to see if anything looked good and used everything I had on hand. I certainly wasn’t going back out to pick up something at the grocery, no matter how quickly I could do it.
I found this really interesting salad that didn’t require me to leave the house for anything. I even had palm sugar. While this dish required a lot of pounding and crushing, the extra effort just helped renew my appetite, which grew as I combined all the ingredients for the salad and smelled their delicious blend of odors.
A word of caution is necessary. Don’t overdo it when you crush the dried shrimp, you want pieces not powder. This salad was a hit and one that I’ll add to my list of favorites. I wouldn’t have found it had I not eaten all those homemade popsicles, which reminds me, I think a blueberry kiwi popsicle is calling my name.