Green Shrimp Creole

I suppose one could say that I haven’t grown up yet.

Perhaps I never will.

I still like to play with my food.

Having a variety of colored tomatoes, and a freezer to keep them in, helps.

Green Shrimp Creole  

Total time: 30 minutes   


  • 12oz (350gr) cleaned shrimp 
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups green tomatoes, 15oz (450gr), chopped
  • 4oz (120gr) green chilies, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs fresh oregano
  • 3 – 4 (or more) dashes green Tabasco or other hot sauce (optional)
  • Brown rice
  • 1/2 cup brown rice, quick-cooking
  • 1 cups chicken stock (or half water) or whatever your rice calls for

Green Shrimo Creole


  • Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.  
  • Add celery, onion, pepper and sauté for 5 minutes, until starting to become tender.
  • Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more.
  • Add tomatoes, their juices and bring to a boil, stirring well.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes until vegetables are done and sauce starts to thicken. 
  • Add green chilies, Worcestershire sauce, shrimp and cook, stirring, until the shrimp curl and turn opaque, about 5 minutes.
  • Taste, add green Tabasco as desired.
  • Remove from heat and spoon over brown rice.
  • Brown Rice
  • Cook rice according to package instructions adding the herbs with the stock or water.
  • Fluff and serve.

I should have made green rice – not sure how, though…..

Do you ever just have one of those days?

I’ve had several in a row.

About a month ago our electric hot water heat quit heating the water.  

We use the electric hot water heater in the summer, using the really cheap night-time electricity.  In winter we use the one connected to the boiler / furnace.  As long as it runs to heat the house (sort of – we’re not sure if the wood stove supplements the furnace or the furnace supplements the wood stove but I digress) the furnace might as well heat the water, too.

Mon mari drained the electric tank and cleaned out all the calcium deposits. He put it all back together and it worked.  

Monday night it quit again.

Tuesday morning I have to get up before the sun (which doesn’t rise until 8:30 – lazy sun….) to go to school.  

Before I left for school I had to start the furnace.  (Mon mari no longer does furnaces because they’re computerized and he doesn’t do computers.) Getting the program set-up made me late for school.  

When I left it was working.

When I came home it wasn’t.

(Mon mari can’t be trusted….)

I spent another hour trying to fix it…. And failed.

I called the furnace guy.

He was at lunch…. Lunch is from 12 – 2 PM  This is France, after all.

I left a message and waited for him to call back.

Now, so you understand my frustration….

This time of year it’s very wet in the morning.  The grass and weeds are very long and need mowing. This week the only 2 nice days were going to be Tuesday and Wednesday.  I can’t start mowing until 3 PM and it’s dark by 7PM.  It takes me about 6 hours to do it all. Mon mari was in class (I go in the morning; he goes in the afternoon). We had no hot water.  I had to wait by the phone.

I gave him 2 hours, found his mobile number and called again.

He answered.

I explained the problem and he said he would stop by on his way home and, at least, get the hot water working.

I went out to mow.

I mowed until dark.

He came about 7:30, with his 2 apprentices.

It was a mouse.

There was a dead mouse in the furnace that was causing the burner to not work properly.

They, er, removed the culprit and got the hot water working. (Good thing… After all that mowing I needed a shower).

And said the apprentices would be back at 8 AM to finish the cleaning and get it all working properly again.

Which meant that I had to get up before the sun again.

Why do I hate getting up before the sun?  As soon as I go downstairs I have to walk the dogs.  They spin in circles, leaping for joy until I take them outside, then bark until we start our walk.  It’s challenging to walk the dogs through our bunny-infested neighborhood in the dark.

We now have both hot water and a functioning furnace. 

And I finally finished the mowing.

8 thoughts on “Green Shrimp Creole”

  1. Grown up, dead mice, no hot water, hot water, no hot water … I say let’s just have dinner, green shrimp creole sounds about right and wine … we’ll contemplate the hot water and green rice, I like to make green rice with some mild pablano peppers and then some cilantro but perhaps we should contemplate that also, more wine you say … yes.

  2. Sounds like trying times !! When I have a bad run like you have just experienced I tell myself to get a grip and be thankful we have food on the table, a roof over our head and that we are not at war but having no hot water makes it very hard to get a grip, it would push me to the limit too !!

  3. Iwould think some parsly, cilantro, or basil would color the rice a nice green. If you just want green and a mild flavor I would say a little parsly or cilantro a stronger flavor would call for more of those or basil. I would color the cooking liquid with it before adding it to the rice…

  4. What a sad catalogue of problems! Don’t you just hate weeks like that, when it feels like the world is ganging up on you? I hope next week is easier.

  5. Tanna, with enough wine I cease to care about the rest… A lot to be said about having enough wine.
    manningroad, I try to keep all that in mind, and usually succeed, but it’s hard when I’m freezing and need a shower LOL
    Gayle, parsley would have been perfect! I’ve lots in my garden still….
    Dottie, sadly, I’m one of those people with the bad cilantro gene. Too bad, cause the hubs loves it!
    Zoomie, especially when I have a sneaking suspicion that someone, who shall remain nameless, inadvertently caused it all LOL

  6. What Tanna said. About wine.
    Really, why do all those things happen at once? Maybe it’s because when it all happens at one time, you just have to see the humor of it.

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