Yesterday was my husband’s birthday, so I decided to try to cook something special for him. His favorite restaurant is Papadeaux’s which serves cajun and seafood. I love the idea of seafood, but in actuality I find it repulsive. And that’s too bad because I think it looks beautiful and has great health benefits.
I decided to make a combination of this paella recipe and this shrimp foil pack. Well, it was mostly the paella recipe, but I thought the sliced corn from the second added a nice bit of color. I’ve always wanted to try mussels. They look really yummy popped open in a bed of pasta, so I was excited about giving this meal a shot.
I also got to experience my first shrimp de-veining. That was NOT fun.
It was strange cooking this meal. I’ve never smelled something that made me both salivate and gag simultaneously. No matter how bad I want to like seafood I should just accept the fact that I won’t.
I put a lot of work into it. I even fire-roasted my own tomatoes on the grill versus buying the canned stuff.
It came out beautiful (even if the photo was blurry). Sadly, my son was the only one to like the meal. I think between getting the family involved in the shrimp de-veining and the mussels (they icked me the heck out—pictures are deceiving!), no one really ate it.
But that’s okay. At least I got a visit from my tree frog friend.
Well, it was a beautiful meal. The recipe was great and smelled heavenly up until the point I added the prawns. Too bad no one ate it.