Sautéed Shrimp with Walnuts and Prosciutto; Games people (used to) play

Who got new toys for Christmas?

That many…. Wow!

Who got new toys that did not require WiFi, a battery or both to function?

No one?

On British television there were almost as many ads for old-fashioned games as there were for electronic games. 

Was it the same in the US?

Twister seemed to be popular; aimed at children and families.

That's now how I remember playing it in college…. (chuckle)

It's nice to see that some of the old games are still around.

We loved Risk, Monopoly and Scrabble.

Another popular board game when I was in college, PassOut, probably hasn't stood the test of time. 

For those who never had the opportunity to play, one drank copious amounts of alcohol and smoked many cigarettes, all at the role of the die… as in roll a 7: Take 2 drinks and light-up!

Apparently, we needed help to misbehave.

I have no idea if 'Lie, Cheat and Steal, the Game of Business and Politics' is still around.  It may have become less popular in recent years.

Who remembers Rook?  There was an old deck that my parents had that I took to college with me (Yeah, I played a lot of games in college).

Rook is a deck of playing cards that is not a deck of playing cards. 

It was introduced by Parker Bros. at the turn of the last century with the idea that fundamental religious groups that did not allow card playing could play with the Rook deck (and buy said deck from Parker Bros.).

It worked. 

People who would never consider playing Bridge or Rummy because of the heathen cards will happily play the exact same game with the Rook cards.  Rook cards are simply numbered 1 – 14 with colored numbers, no images or symbols.  In the instruction book you will find every conceivable "card game"… renamed for Rook.

And there was Milles Borne, Yahtzee, Uno, Parcheesi.… and Chinese checkers, chess, backgammon and checkers.

And cribbage

I bet I've played at least a million games of cribbage!

I just read recently where it's a sign of age if you can remember playing solitaire (Patience) with an actual, physical deck of cards.

I'm a 4-suit Spider addict myself – among other games.

Excuse while I just play a quick game….

I love computer games.

But I miss playing board games with actual people.

We don't know any 'game' people here.

Perhaps I'll work on that in 2011.

Speaking of which…. Tired of the same old Shrimp Cocktail for a starter?

Try this one – less work than wrapping the shrimp in the Prosciutto but with the same flavors. The walnuts add a nice contrast as well as being good for us.

Shrimp with Prosciutto and Walnuts

Sautéed Shrimp with Walnuts and Prosciutto
  serves 2 as first course

6oz (180gr) shrimp, cleaned
2 large shallots
2 slices Prosciutto, 1.5oz (50gr) or other dry-cured ham
8 – 10 walnut halves
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp soy sauce

Clean shrimp if needed. Clean and thickly slice shallots. Roughly chop Prosciutto. Heat oil in a medium skillet. Add paprika and sauté briefly. Add shallots and sauté until tender and starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add walnuts, Prosciutto, and sauté until Prosciutto starts to get crisp, about 5 minutes longer. Add shrimp and sauté for 3-5 minutes, until raw shrimp curl and turn opaque or cooked shrimp are heated through. Sprinkle with soy sauce, stir to combine and serve.

Something to nibble on before tackling a scrabble marathon!

What are your favorite games?

And when was the last time you played them?

Computer games don't count!

10 thoughts on “Sautéed Shrimp with Walnuts and Prosciutto; Games people (used to) play”

  1. In our family, Monopoly and Parcheesi were popular but we are all Scrabble fanatics. Did you know you can play a version of Scrabble online? It’s called Lexulous. If you belong to Facebook (and I assume you do), friend me and I’ll start a game of Lex with you. It’s fun, somewhat interactive even tho’ long distance, and a challenge. My real name is Pam Hyland if you care to friend me. 🙂 No pressure – I know you guys are busy.

  2. Happy New Year to you! I played a lot of Canasta while in high school with my friends. I wish I remembered how…have no clue, but I loved it at the time. Beautiful shrimp. A very Happy New Year to you. Be safe, be happy and be healthy.

  3. Oh thank you for reminding me of so many games I used to play! Never got into cribbage, but Monopoly, Scrabble, Chinese Checkers, Parchisi…….all were favorites in my family.
    Sounds like your shrimp would go better with game playing and alcohol. Don’t have to aim at a dish of sauce with your shrimp while inebriated – just manage to get it into your mouth! LOL!
    Have a lovely 2011, Katie!

  4. Competition makes me nervous so I am a total wreck with both board games! But I will take a side of those shrimps though…sounds delicious!

  5. I got rid of a lot of board games, but will never given up Scrabble. I received an IPAD for Christmas and have become addicted to the electronic version – and Boggle too. The shrimp look pretty darn addictive too.

  6. Can’t get my kids away from their I-whatevers/laptop you name it (hey isn’t it time they make an I-Mom?) but.. they LOVE boards games! And they still play Twister with their friends. We’re swamped in board games actually…Monopoly, Risk, Settlers Catan, Carcassonne, Rummikub. I refuse to play Scrabble with them; they go for the score I aim for great words… Not fun.

  7. oh Yahtzee goes on vacation with us and a deck of cards of course, I taught them to play Patience.
    So? When can I send them over? They’ll trade an evening -or two- of board games for your shrimps!

  8. Zoomie, just did it – hope I got the right Pam LOL
    Pam, we still have a few favorites – but no one to play with… boohoo. Family coming in the spring…
    Susan, Canasta! I’d forgotten that! My cousin and I used to stay up all night playing Canasta! Marathon matches! Happy New Year!
    Toni, yeah, I can’t believe we played that… I hope you have a lovely 2011, too!
    Joey, there supposed to be fun – not competitive (but I totally understand)
    Ciaochowlinda, oh dear… I can be very very bad with electronic games. I finally had to delete soduko
    Baking Soda, I’d love to have them come over and play…. We don’t have any adult friends who are into games, sadly. Apparently, they grew up. We never bothered hahaha!
    manningroad, mon mari is a wicked scrabble player!

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