just a smidgen

Shrimp Oodles

Shrimp Oodles

Just Show Up

Some days are lackluster, they lack the muster, to motivate,
spur or spark, instigate and animate,
or just plain galvanize…

Some say we should

Just Do It??

I prefer to espouse a new age-old adage…

Just Show Up

You see…

I find that I no longer have a thirst for the gym,
its lunges, push-ups and sprints  seem to risk life and limb
and I’ve become stiffly unconvinced of its assets.

And I’m averse (or is it adverse) to my cello lessons of late,
having long since run out of excuses that could eradicate, vindicate
my unskilled, fumbling scales.

The little Pupster must needs walking, whether the sky is fayre
and tender chinook winds are caressing my hair
or it’s minus 10 and gusting…

Would he settle for a treat?

I’d desperately like to compose you an impassioned poem
one that would inspire, that would be the crowning glory, your latte’s foam
or your morning’s blossom

but have now developed a severe case of…


Who wouldn’t after hearing our wonderful Poet Laureate Nominees
reciting their master(ful)pieces with such ease?
Who’d dare claim to posses the panache of a poet?

(“Not I”, said The Little Red Smidge)

And, alas…

Today I am due for a post of epic proportions, but feel a touch flat..
(creatively speaking of course) but I fear more than that
As what I  have written has become unwieldy and unkempt

and is neither prose nor poem…

“When in the why and the wherefore is neither rhyme nor reason?”

sigh… that was Shakespeare, not me (or is that not I?)

Just Show Up

They say sometimes magic can happen after you show up?
And… sometimes it doesn’t,
but you still have to, right?

Just Show Up

Without Great Expectations, neither high nor low,
No great dream, conjecture or treatise, and no Rousseau.
No bated breath and no foreboding, no expectant premonition

and no strings attached!

Just Show Up

Now fix on a wee smile, no pouts, then,
not a grimace or gripe, just put on that grin
just be a good girl and get out there!

Who knows what could transpire…

This week I require no compelling  nor convincing to

Just Show Up

to Book Club, having loved our book

The Cider House Rules

and it so happens that I also love my friends,
so I’ll be appearing with an appetizer of sorts for them.
I am thinking perhaps it should be my pretty

Shrimp Oodles

They don’t even require a recipe,
but you do have to shop for the ingredients because everyone knows they won’t

Just Show Up

on their own, silly!

You need one box of phyllo pastry, thawed and left rolled up.

A dozen or so raw, deveined shrimp with tails removed, marinated in olive oil and crushed garlic.

Slice the rolled up phyllo as you would a sliced cookie, about 1/4 inch thick.

This is the fun part…

Fluff and separate the phyllo with your fingers…
so you have strands and strands of beautiful pastry streamers
everywhere, all over your kitchen!

Here it is again.. if you look from left to right, really, really fast,
it’s almost like I’ve made you a new food video
but not…

I think these should be called “Oodles” because, well, they look like noodles,
there are oodles.. and, well, yes, oodles of them,
they’re oodles of fun to make,
and you’ll have saved yourself oodles of time!

Pick up one of your shrimp and a little handful of phyllo.
Wrap, bunch and tuck the pastry strands around the shrimp until you have a little mound.

Set each little bundle on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet.
Very lightly spray with butter cooking spray (or not if you don’t have any).
Repeat with the remaining shrimp.

Bake at 350° F until the phyllo is a beautiful golden color.. that means your shrimp will be a beautiful pink color inside by then.

My splendid and very clever daughter

Just Showed Up

And she suggested we spoon a dollop of red chile jelly or mango Habanero jelly on top.

She was right… it was the perfect splash of color.
And an awesome little kick of heat.


Well, how about that, today we

Just Showed Up

and a wee bit of magic happened!

There’s no guarantee, but if you make a few of these and post it on Facebook..
who knows who might

Just Show Up

in your kitchen?

Shrimp Oodles

Shrimp Oodles
  • 1 package frozen phyllo pastry, thawed
  • 1 dozen shrimp (or more as desired)
  • olive oil
  • 2 - 3 garlic cloves, diced or crushed
  • Butter cooking spray
  • Red Chile Jelly or Mango Habanero Jelly
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Remove the tails from the shrimp and make sure they’re deveined, rinsed and patted dry. Put them in a non-reactive container or plastic storage bag. Drizzle to coat with olive oil. Add crushed garlic to taste. Stir to ensure all the shrimp are coated.
  3. Leaving thawed phyllo dough rolled up, slice into 1/4 inch widths. Only cut about 1/3 to 1/2 of the dough roll. Using your fingers, fluff the phyllo to separate the strands. Pick up a small handful and wrap and twist gently around one shrimp. Place on parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray. (The spray is optional, I thought it helped with browning.)
  4. Bake until the phyllo is golden brown, your shrimp will have cooked in that length of time, approximately 15 minutes or so, just keep an eye on them.
  5. Dollop with jelly.



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