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It takes a slightly fresh weather and comfort food cravings to come up with the idea of cooking a nice chicken curry. The dish is full of flavors and leaves you completely satisfied with your meal. I always thought these kinds of dishes needed a basic recipe that the cook could play around with. The choice of spices, vegetables, proteins, and the level of spiciness are completely subjective. So here is a recipe you can use as a base and then manipulate according to your preferences.

Seafood is my favorite. Apart from chicken wings, fish and shrimps are on the top of my most loved protein list. It’s healthy, it’s good for the waist and it gives you endless recipe possibilities. We’ve been barbecuing loads of shrimps lately but there are other ways you can cook this sea fruit. You can boil them, grill them, bake them, sauté them, stir-fry them, deep fry them, put them in your sandwich or even sometimes have them raw (delicious when they’re really fresh!).

So today, I’ve compiled a list of 6 ways you can cook your shrimps and have a happy meal.

1) Spice it up. This one is solely for crazy spicy food lovers. If you enjoy happy spicy tears and pink eyes after a meal from time to time, check out this delicious spicy shrimp recipe: http://www.breadonbutter.com/spicy-shrimp/

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2) Use it in your seafood pasta dish. I say use it because, in this recipe, you not only toss the shrimps in, but you also use their heads for the sauce. Click to know more: http://www.breadonbutter.com/the-pasta-series-jeans-fresh-and-exquisite-seafood-spaghetti/

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3) Shrimp up your vegetable brown rice. For me, there’s nothing better than a good bowl of rice to have a perfect meal. Brown rice is now my thing and I love to shrimp it up from time to time 🙂 Check out this easy recipe I made for Lurpak Cook’s Range: http://www.breadonbutter.com/brown-vegetable-rice-lurpak-cooks-range/

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4) As a side dish in the form of cakes. Choose this recipe for a quick and delicious add-on to your meal. You can make it healthy depending on the oil/butter you choose to cook it in. Link: http://www.breadonbutter.com/shrimp-cakes-for-a-healthy-pleasure/

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5) Transform it into comfort food. This shrimp and feta casserole will solve your weekday dinner dilemma in no time. For the recipe, go to this link: http://www.breadonbutter.com/healthy-shrimps-and-feta-casserole/

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6) Make it simple and BBQ them in skewers along with your burgers, hot dogs or grilled fish. Make sure you try this dip along with your grilled shrimps, you won’t regret it. Recipe here: http://www.breadonbutter.com/chili-sauce-go-bbq-ed-prawns/

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There you have it 🙂

 I would love to know about more ways to cook shrimps, so do share your ideas in the comment section! 

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In my February bucket list, the second item I mentioned was “cooking a ramen”. Now that I’ve done it, I don’t see why it was a dish that used to impress me. I’d always considered it as hard and impossible to make, but it turned out to be an easy, healthy, fun and fulfilling meal.

To make the dish, I spent time researching various recipes and decided to combine a bit of each. The key is in the broth. The noodles, mushrooms and other toppings are up to you to choose.

Here’s the Ramen recipe we made on Monday night to inspire you 🙂

What you’ll need (for 5 persons)

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  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, sliced
  • 1 tbsp of Ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 2 cups of Water
  • 3 cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Spring onions, chopped
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin (or rice vinegar)
  • Noodles of your choice
  • 2 cups Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • Bok Choy
  • 5 Eggs (1 egg per bowl)
  • Salt, to taste

How to make it

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the sesame oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and Sriracha sauce and cook until combined
  2. Add 2 cups of water and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Transfer everything to a blender and mix until combined. Put the mix back in the saucepan
  3. Add the vegetable broth and let it simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Add the mushroom water, season with salt, soy sauce and mirin and let it simmer for 4 minutes
  5. Add the noodles and cook until tender
  6. Add the mushrooms and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes
  7. Meanwhile, half-boil the eggs and remove the shells
  8. Top the ramen with bok choy and spring onions
  9. Move the mix to a bowl and top with the half-boiled egg, sliced and runny

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And enjoy!

Note: You can season with additional soy sauce if needed.

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Are you a fan of ramen? Any tips?