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I always make this soup for my family whenever one of us is sick,
specifically TJ who blow’s his nose a million times and turns
bright red while eating it,but never can really stop until
the last drop! Caley can’t handle the heat fully quiet yet
but we all enjoy it nonetheless!!
As you follow the recipe below, I’ll teach you how to turn the
heat down a notch to your liking. Hope this brings you as much
joy and warming up from our humble happy home to yours… Enjoy…
Seafood Pepper Soup & Rice Balls
**Yummy Artsy Ingredients Needed**
*For this particular recipe – I used only
jumbo shrimp, crabs & dried shrimp
(You can buy a small bag of dried shrimp at any
local African food store – it adds a unique flavor to
the soup);You can always add in fish, beef, goat
meat, chickenor whatever else you are in the
mood for while cooking.
*Habanero Peppers (preferably ripe orange or red ones)
*2 Brown Potatoes
*Green Onions (shallot)
*One large Onion (white)
*2 Chicken Flavor Bullion(season to your liking)
*2 Cartons Chicken Broth’s (For a quick spur of
the moment soup, chicken brothalways comes in
handy,but traditionally,I would have made my
own broth using fresh chicken)
*Salt (season to your liking)
*I can Goya Tilapia in tomato sauce (add’s
texture to broth without the extra tomato taste)
*Kokuho Rose Rice (for rice balls)
Ready For Some Warming Yummy SOUP!?!Let’s Cook!!
To start off,slice up the large onion white)and place
in a warming stock pot and sprinkle in one of the
bullions and stir. Since the pot is dry, only
stir for a minute(enough time for onions to
mix well with the added cube)
Pour in the two cartons of chicken broth, stir and
allow simmering for about five minutes
Cut crabs in halves, rinse very well and place
into the simmering brothIf the broth isn’t
enough (should cover the crabs at this point),
please feel free to add more broth to the soup.
Add in the habenero pepper(be cautious,if
you cannot handle "the heat",then maybe one
or two balls of pepper might be enough for you.
As the pepper boils with the soup,they flavor it
and you can start off with one and gradually
turn up the heat level in notches as you cook to
your desired taste buds.
Add the second chicken bullion,stir,cover and let simmer
for about 10mins(open consistently to check on the level
of the stock and flip over the crabs to make sure
all sides are cooked properly)
Wash the potatoes and dice them up/set aside
Slice up the green onions as well into little cubes
for flavor and garnish later (set aside)
Start cooking the rice right about now to give it enough time
to cook and be done alongside the soup(Don’t fret when
the rice gets mushy,it’s supposed to and it’s really
a harder texture of rice to cook so be patient and cook
slowly on low to avoid burning)
Check back on the soup and add in the shrimp,taste to make sure
the heat level is perfect for you or at this point,add in
another ball of pepper. Stir,add some salt(taste)and cover again.
Allow to simmer for about another 10mins or until the
shrimp is tender to your liking.
The crabs & shrimp should be cooked at this point.
Add in half of the can of tilapia,get as much of the
tomato sauce as you can and only about half of the fish if you
want a clearer soup without a lot of broken up fish in it
(I like it this way if I’m focusing more on simply
wanting soup,rather then everyday soup to have with rice,etc).
Stir in the potatoes and green onions five minutes later and
allow soup to simmer for another 10mins.
Taste, before you remove from stove and if
perfect to your tee’buds you are DONE.
Remove from stove and set aside to cool only for a few
mins as you want to serve hot. When rice is cooked,
cool for a few minutes and mold into small balls or
whatever shapes you will prefer (you can get
really creative molding with the texture
of rice in question)and set on the edges
of the serving bowl you will be using.
For added color, sprinkle some paprika on the edges of the
plate simply for decorative purposes(Funky Fun bonus
for the over the top food critique)
Dish soup into the bowl and sprinkle some
shallots over the top for garnish.
"ALL DONE – Dinner is SERVED!"
*Prep Time: Approximately 1hr*
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~*Sia's Fairyland Birthday Wreaths*~
*Ribbon (thin & as many colors as you’d like per your party)
*Rope For Loop (I chose to use a natural tone rope from Michael's,
but you can use any rope thick enough to hold steady and not fall apart,
the natural look added a bit of a forest edge to the wreaths which I loved
*Wild Flowers (I bought some spring time wild flowers from Michael's which
actually already had butterflies on them, you can choose to add
any butterflies or forest friends small enough to the wreaths
to add a wild funky look to them)
*Measure the rope to size per the lil one’s head – leave room so it comes down
right around the forehead and not simply up the hairline.
(Use your own discretion as you can have it fit simply as you’d like it)
*Once the wire is measured, intertwine the edges after cutting (remember to leave a little room for intertwined ends)
*Once your loop is looped and ready --- the FUN begins with adorning it with
wild flowers, leaves, twigs and much more.
*Take apart the wild flower brunch for brunch (I removed the long leaves)
and intertwined them around the loop.
*For hold, I used a glue gun to glue one end of the stem to the loop and
in-between as I weaved the flowers.
*I used the various colors I needed and added a butterfly to each wreath along
with someleaves to add a forest-fairy feel to each one
*You can glue on as many flowers as you’d like either all the way around the loop
or as I did,simply around the forehead portion of the loop and left the back strung with ribbon.
*After securely weaving your flowers around the loop, cut a long enough piece of ribbon to
weave around one end of the loop where your flowers stop to the other.
*Leave enough room when cutting the ribbon to have a little left
over to hang along the back of the wreath.
*Create a no tie loop with the ribbon in the middle of the back of the wreath to
hang behind the lil fairy’s hair.
All Done!!! Allow for glue to dry & you are ready for PARTY TIME!!!
For an added beautiful presentation to your party, add a wreath tree and hang the wreath around the branches for the girls, and allow them to pick a color as they arrive :))
To do so,simply place a tree stem with branches into a vase;add moss for support,
texture and a natural look; include a few fairy friends, (butterflies, flowers,
dragonflies of your choice) onto the branches of the tree for added decoration.
Set on a table with a moss flat bush underneath for added artsy & unique touches.
Although this was a winter indoor party (I refuse to let the season's determine my
need to splurge on whatever emotions I feel)
It would make an awesome outdoor spring party & as the saying goes......
(PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION & AS ALWAYS,
PLEASE SHARE YOUR CRAFTY PICTURES OF RECREATIONS YOU CRAFT UP!!)