Best Spicy Shrimp Cocktail Ever

What a wonderful weekend we had.  The weather was amazing, and I was really bizzy in my kitchen this weekend.

I forgot to tell you yesterday that the flea market we went to on Saturday was pretty gross – I mean like worse than some garage sales.  But I did get a new fish spatula and some Greek seasonings, but other than that it was a total bust.

I had to have a pretty tight game plan because not only did I have to prep the food for my SIL’s Mexican fiesta yesterday, I also had to prepare her lunches for the week too.  So I split my tasks in half – did about 3 hours of cooking on Saturday and did about 2 hours on Sunday – not too bad. :D

I want you guys to know that I really love my family who came over because otherwise you’d never see this in my house.  Ever.  I carmelized onions!

I also sauteed up some really good peppers – love the colors. :D

Tony grilled up my cherry salsa ingredients – thanks Tony!

I went to the farmers market yesterday and bought 2 big bunches of basil for $2.  I made a bruschetta with garlic toast – so garlicy good.  I don’t really have a recipe for it, I just add tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, basil and asiago cheese and keep tasting until it I like it.

I am not a baker at all, but when I saw Veronica’s coconut poke cake, I knew I could recreate it.  Although I baked mine in a bundt pan.  Somehow I am missing my second 8 inch cake pan – I’ll need to replace it.

The secret to her cake is that a:  it’s a cake mix (can’t really screw that up!) and b: when the cake first comes out of the oven and is hot, you poke holes in the cake and pour a can of cream of coconut over the cake until it absorbs.  Don’t use coconut milk because it isn’t the same.  I thought I might have a hard time finding it, but sure enough it was right next to the coconut milk.

For someone who doesn’t bake too much, I think it turned out pretty good.

But I have to say that I think this Mexican shrimp cocktail I made was my favorite dish of the day.  I found the recipe here, and made only a few changes.  I reduced the lime juice to 1/3 cup (which was 2 limes for me) and I used the zest of both limes.  I ditched the 1/4 cup chopped green olives and 1/4 cup chopped white onion and used only 1 serrano chile, which was just enough heat so everyone could enjoy it.  And while this is considered a Mexican seafood cocktail in the original recipe, I only used shrimp – feel free to add a combination of crab, squid, etc.

This was such a great combination of flavors – and Tony wants me to make it again, so it’s definitely a keeper. :D

And after everyone left and I cleaned half the kitchen (I had to run the dishwasher twice last night!) Hannah and I went on a 50 minute walk – one of my goals is to only take one day off from exercise a week, and that was this past Saturday.

While I didn’t count points yesterday, I don’t think I did too bad – the running total in my head is around 40 points.  Hope you had a great day Jody!  By the way, my SIL Jody has lost over 16 pounds on WW so far – this past week she lost another 2.2 pounds!  I like to think its because of my delicious lunches I provide for her, but it is all her – keep up the great work!

It’s Monday again, so I have to get ready for work and pack my gym bag – I am either going to run a 5k or bike at lunch today, haven’t decided which yet.

Did you have a great weekend?  Make it a great day!

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26 thoughts on “Best Spicy Shrimp Cocktail Ever

  1. You had me at spicy. And at shrimp. I am making this ASAP!

  2. I’m in shock at seeing onions on your blog. I’m at a loss for words.

  3. Lots of cooking! How fun. Coconut is amazing- that cake looks perfect. Glad you had fun with the fam and got a walk in

  4. I don’t like coconut, but I have to say that cake looks luscious and I know my family will LOVE it. Thanks for the great idea [and it's easy too! woot!]

    The shrimp looks awesome. Definitely a keeper. :)

    Have a great week Bizzy!

  5. Mmm, coconut cake, I love anything coconut! My husband doesn’t like coconut much, so maybe I’ll make this for the next girls night that I host.

  6. Onions? You SURE DO love your family!!! Mmm…coconut rocks my world but I don’t eat it too often. That’s gotta change!

  7. erintakescontrol

    I always find myself saying, “I’ll just add onions to this recipe and it’ll be perfect!” when I’m reading your blog. Always happy to see them show up from time to time around here. :-)

    That coconut cake looks amazing!!! I’ve only even seen poke cakes with Jello (ewwwwww….).

    • Ha – I think most of my readers say the same thing! :D

      • I can’t think of any meal that would incorporate smrhip into a dessert If you are allowed to prepare a main dish, I would suggest a Boulibase (a french fish stew). Then follow it with a simple dessert, using strawberries. Europeans often just have fruit for dessert.

  8. Wow, what a spread!! :) Can’t believe I’m seeing onions in your post!!
    I would love the recipes for the shrimp cocktail and the cake. For some reason the link doesn’t appear on my computer. :)

  9. Biz, those onions looked great! Weren’t you even tempted to try them? Caramelized onions are the best!

    You know you’ve had a banner day in the kitchen when the dishwasher is run twice, lol. Sounds like it was a success!

  10. My mom used to make poke cakes all the time when I was little. We used jello, though (I don’t like coconut), and whipped cream for the frosting. Brings back memories!
    Congrats to Jody! I’m sure your cooking is playing a big part in her weight loss.

  11. I love that you turned the cake into a bundt! It turned out so pretty. So do you and your SIL have some sort of deal worked out–you make her lunches and she…? Just making sure the good deed is being returned in kind. You are such a sweetheart, I’d hate to think you were being taken advantage of.

  12. Oh, love bruschetta! I need to make some myself soon! My weekend was good, spent in the mountains with the boy.

    and I hope the run at lunch goes well! 5k here you come!

  13. I was wondering what was up when I saw that big pan of onions! And I am seriously salivating after reading this post!

  14. The shrimp cocktail sounds amazing. I make ceviche every once in a while, this sounds like the same flavor profile.

    Have fun on your 5k or bike, whichever you choose!

  15. That cake looks awesome! I am all about coconut lately, so I should try that for sure. Glad you had a great weekend :D

  16. Wow…you were SUPER BIZZY in the Kitchen Vat! Hey, I call you Vat instead of Biz, so does that mean you were Super VATTY in the kitchen??? Either way, you ROCK!! We had a shrimp cocktail similar to that a while ago. SOOOO good. You’ve inspired me, I will attempt to recreate it soon. Have a great day!!!

  17. That cake, oh that cake! I have a weakness for anythingggg coconut and adding decadant coconut cream like that is seriously making my mouth water! Yummmm. Shrimp dish looks really great too :)

  18. You’re a good gal, Biz…caramelizing onions for others and stinking up your house with the food you hate most…awww :) LOL! I puffy heart onions, mmm mmm mmmm! Everything looks wonderful! And the bell peppers…so pretty!

  19. Wow it looks like you were busy! You are definitely a good SIL to make so many onions when you hat them so much. Everything looks delicious!

  20. Can’t wait to make this whole menu!

  21. That’s so sweet of you to caramelize onions. MY favorite! I could put them on everything.(ok I know you’re gagging now.)

    That shrimp cocktail looks so good. I’ve just started to cook shrimp (It always scared me!) and Andy loves spicy things. This might just be the ticket!

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