Sunday, August 19, 2012

Shrimp Skagen salad in avocado halves: A special treat for a special #SundaySupper wine event



It's Saturday night as I write this. It's been a busy week: I've been buried in a project that has gone on for nearly a year, which I finally completed on Friday night. On top of that, I spent much of last week in a daze (or an amped-out crazy fit) because I injured my shoulder rather severely last week and have had to take painkillers and steroids to cope with the pain and inflammation. It's been a long time since things were going in the right direction. 

Even this week's #SundaySupper event seemed daunting. This week is a special wine event, in which we are working with Schlossadler International Wines, a wine distributor with a popular international wine club that sends you a selection of wines right to your home. I was one of the members of the #SundaySupper group who was chosen to get wines sent right to my door as part of this week's event. Me. Getting a free box of wine to blog about. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? And to be honest, I was incredibly flattered and excited when I was chosen. But then the reality of the week set in, and I realized I had made this commitment, and I was damn well going to do it, but I wasn't looking forward to it, and I was tired and hurting, and wa, wa, wa. 

Then things began to turn around a bit. On Wednesday, I got the box with three lovely bottles nested inside and a fun little logo on the inside cover. Just getting the box was exciting. A happy, special treat in the middle of a tough and dreary week. 

   
Then came Thursday. I churned through more work, trying to hit some milestones before quitting for the day, taking my little boy to the park for a while, and dealing with shoulder pain and meds crazies, and trying to look forward to making the food I had committed to make for dinner, because we had invited one of our best friends, Dave, over to join our dinner and our wine tasting that evening. By five, I felt awful and miserably exhausted, again. It was ridiculous. But I kept going. I was going to power through this and have fun dammit! I cleaned the shrimp, made the mayo, made the Skagen salad, halved the avocados, and tried to get some decent pictures of my dish. But the salad slid off the top of the avocado halves, while I grumbled about my bad pictures, and Mike joked about me complaining that my food wasn't photogenic enough. (I suspect there's a lot of kind of thing in food-blogging households.) 


Then we popped open the first bottle of wine, the 2010 Kotuku Sauvignon Blanc, poured some glasses (a small one for me; I didn't want to mess around much with mixing wine and strong medication), and dug into our avocado halves with shrimp Skagen salad and relaxed. Settled into a pleasant evening with great friends, some terrific food, and a great wine, and started to slough off some hard days and enjoy some of the best things about living. What had been a very tough week turned around and became a genuinely pleasant experience. The wine was crisp and refreshing and went well with the shrimp Skagen salad and avocado.

After dinner, we decided to try one of the other wines, the 2006 H.O. Becker, Kerner Auslese, which comes in a rather wildly pinkish-red bottle, but turns out to be white. According to the flier that came with the wines, it's a cross between a Riesling and a grape named Trollinger. (Also according to the flier, it's a "Jacuzzi" wine, a phrase that makes me shudder.) I typically love Rieslings, but most I have had are on the dry side. This particular wine had a beautiful flavor, but was a bit too sweet for my taste (I could easily imagine reducing it to a syrup to drizzle on something). The flier suggested pairing it with mixed greens, balsamic strawberry vinaigrette, and Stilton cheese, so I got some Stilton out of the refrigerator (which I had purchased with just this eventuality in mind), and we had a post-dinner snack of Stilton and wine. The salt of the cheese was just what was needed for the sweetness of the wine.   

And now we come to tonight, when I felt obligated to try that last bottle of wine, the 2010  Ernst Holler, Blaufrankisch, with a dinner of turkey breast sauteed with smoked paprika and a side of creamed corn, both fresh from this morning's farmers market, and I was delighted. This was definitely my favorite of the group: The color is extraordinarily deep, dark, and beautiful (I am sure I have mentioned I've got a thing for color before, right?), and the flavor is just a little spicy and a little smoky and gets better and more complex as it stands in your glass.

And so in the end, this box of wines turned a crummy week into a week of trying new things, of pairing foods with wines, of elevating the everyday (and certainly the lousy day) and making life a little more special. And this may be the lesson I have to learn from this week: You may have to go above and beyond to make life special and worthwhile, but if you don't, what's the point? It's all just drudgery if you don't. At any rate, I want to thank the people at Schlossadler for turning my week around. 

The recipe for Shrimp Skagen salad is incredibly easy and very festive. It's a typical Swedish party dish and can be served on toast, in a baked potato, or in an avocado half as I did here (the creaminess of the avocado is especially rich and wonderful with the creaminess of this salad). (Like the Skagen toast recipe I made for Swedish midsummer a few months ago, you can find most of the ingredients at IKEA; I know it's not local, but in this case, it seems kind of necessary.) The recipe for the dish follows, but don't forget to skip to the end of this post to find the whole list of great food and wine slated for this week's #SundaySupper. Also, there's a special discount for free shipping for anyone who wants to join Schlossadler's wine club.

Shrimp Skagen salad in avocado halves

  • 1 500-gram bag of frozen northern shrimp, defrosted, peeled, chopped (set a few whole ones aside as a garnish)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream, or creme fraiche
  • 1-2 Tbsps herring roe, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped dill (or 1 tsp dried), to taste 
  • 2 ripe avocados, halved
  • thin lemon slices, halved


Mix the shrimp, mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, and herring roe in a bowl. Chill for an hour to let the flavors come together. Top the avocado halves with a tablespoon or two of the mixture and garnish with thin lemon slices. 
     
Now, grab a glass of wine and join this week’s special #SundaySupper wine event. Here are some of the great recipes featured during this event, and don't forget to follow the hashtag #SundaySupper on Twitter at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.   
But the fabulous recipes don’t stop there, there are more amazing recipes to pair with these fabulous wines:
Wine Pairings by  ENOFYLZ

Join us at 7pm ET for our #SundaySupper Chat with @schlossiwines. Follow along on twitter by using hashtag #Sundaysupper or using Tweetchat.  We love to feature your recipes on our #sundaysupper pinterest board and share them with all our followers.
We have a special discount for all participants: Free Shipping when you join The Wine Club by Schlossadler Wines use code FFSS1.
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34 comments:

  1. Oooh I love this combination, Tora! Sounds so good! I hope your shoulder feels better soon!

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    1. Thanks, it is finally getting better, but it was bad for a while there. This is such a simple and tasty salad and can be used in so many ways.

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  2. Sorry you had such a rough week. Sounds like the wine came just in time! Love your Shrimp recipe

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    1. Thanks! The wine made things a lot better, that is for sure.

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  3. I have never had (nor heard of) Shrimp Skagen salad...but I'm dying to try it now...it sounds amazing! And I don't think your pictures turned out badly - I want to reach in and grab a plate. I'm glad you made it through the week, now go take some "me" time and relax a bit :D

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    1. Shrimp Skagen is a very typical "fancy" Swedish dish. It was always one of my favorites for special occasions, but it can also be used for simpler meals like stuffed baked potatoes, and so on.

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  4. Nice to hear how the wines and new food adventures turned your week around to be a good one. I'll have to try your shrimp salad because I like the flavor combination of shrimp and dill.

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    1. It's lovely and fresh. I am sure you will enjoy it. I am going to have to make it again very soon!

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  5. Who doesn't like getting a package in the mail - especially if it's wine! Glad it cheered you up! Lovely recipe! Happy SundaySupper!

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    1. It was a blast getting a box of wine in the mail, and it really started to turn things around.

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  6. Love your description of trying all the wines! Sounds like this week ended with just what you needed.

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    1. Thank you! I really something to make me feel a whole lot better.

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  7. I also had never heard of shrimp skagen salad...but now I can't wait to try it! Gorgeous photos!

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    1. Really? Thank you so much! I was so upset with the photos; the damn salad was sliding all over the place and I kept winding up with stuff in the background that I didn't want there.

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  8. So glad #SundaySupper brought a little sunshine to your week!

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    1. Oh, it did! Thanks so much for the opportunity, Isabel!

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  9. I never heard of this salad, and it looks and sounds really good! Glad your week turned around and hope your shoulder is better!

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    1. I am so glad I have been able to introduce so many people to shrimp Skagen. It's a fantastic taste combination.

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  10. Sorry to hear you've had a difficult week, but I'm so glad #SundaySupper and the wines helped to make it better! This looks like a lovely, fresh dish and I love how you served it!

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    1. Thanks so much! Creamy avocado really makes this special, but it's good in so many ways.

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  11. Yum, this salad looks so good. I love that you stuffed it in an avocado. Happy #SundaySupper!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much. I love avocados, gorgeous color and so creamy and good for you.

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  12. This salad is new to me, but it sounds so good! Love the combination of shrimp and avocado. I will be adding this to my list of recipes to try. :)

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    1. Fun! Let me know what you think of the salad. It's one of my all-time favorites.

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  13. Wow, did you have quite the week! I hope your life is going much better now. I'm sure a little wine helped!

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    1. :) The wine helped, and things are so much better now.

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  14. I had a pretty rough week myself. Spent two days in bed with a summer cold. I know right? I'm glad the 3 bottles of wine arrived at your door and made your week a little better. Hope you have a better week next week. And feel better soon. Now I'll be googling what skagen is.

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  15. OOh that looks yummy :) Like an exotic appetizer !! Love avocados & shrimp so this will be on my "to make " list ! lovely !

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  16. New follower & member of the #SundaySupper group! Can't wait to get to know you better!

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  17. Hi there. This week's Food on Friday is all about prawns and shrimp dishes. So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

    PS I am following you now. If you like Carole's Chatter it would be great if you followed me back.

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