summer light

every year there comes a point right around the edge of may when summer finally announces itself. today was that day, and as i woke up with the light streaming through the curtains, all i could think about was a line from one of my favorite poems, the ivy crown by william carlos williams:

Daffodil time
is past. This is
summer, summer!
the heart says,
and not even the full of it.

lately, i've been taking long walks, eating barbeque, and trying to keep to my promise of spending more time outside. last weekend, grace and i went up to new jersey to visit her aunt. while there, we spent a lovely lazy day outdoors, rummaging our way through yard sales, and looking out over lonely fields populated by only buffalo. for lunch, grace's aunt terry prepared a light and delicious shrimp ceviche which perfectly matched the mood of our day. i'm going to add it to my summer staples because it meets all the requirements for a good meal: easy, impressive and delicious.

shrimp ceviche

2 lbs medium-small shrimp
8 limes, juiced
2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 serrano chile, chopped
1 seedless cucumber, chopped
1 avocado, diced
(try and chop everything into roughly the same sizes)

in a large pot of boiling, salted water add shrimp and cook until just pink. drain and cool shrimp in a bowl of ice water. cut shrimp into 1/2 inch size pieces, transfer to a bowl and cover with lime juice. refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 6 hours.

stir in the tomatoes, onions, cilantro and chile into the shrimp-lime mixture. let sit at room tempuratre for about 30 mins. add cucumbers and avocado right before serving. stir gently.

you can serve this on its own, or atop a salad, with a side of chips.

2 lbs shrimp: $25
8 limes: $3
2 tomatoes: $3
onion: $0.50
cilantro: $1.50
chile: $0.50
cucumber: $1
avocado: $1.50

total: $36
by far the most expensive thing on this blog! however, terry said she only made half the recipe and it comfortably served 4. so if you imagine this serving 8 people, then the price per serving is only $4.50, which is much, much cheaper than you will find ceviche on any menu. if you want a summer splurge, this is it!
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