Red Sauced Shrimp, driving without a license

Remember the Fried Rice with Peas and Snow Peas I posted a few weeks ago?

I forgot to post the Shrimp that we had with it.

This has been the favorite shrimp recipe chez nous, since I first started cooking Chinese food.

Actually, this is probably the favorite Chinese dish chez nous, period.

It can screaming hot or not, as you like.

As we all know, I’m a wimp…. The ginger, garlic make it hot enough for me.

Mon mari adds the red pepper flakes. For more heat add your favorite hot sauce to taste.

Red Sauced Shrimp

Total time: 10 minutes


  • 12oz (360gr) cleaned shrimp
  • 1 1/2 tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 green onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs sherry
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs sesame or walnut oil
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional, I leave them out as it makes it too hot for me)

Red Sauced Shrimp


  • Have everything measured and ready.
  • Heat oils in large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high heat.  When very hot add ginger, garlic and onion (and red pepper flakes if using).  Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Add shrimp and stir-fry for 1 – 2 minutes longer, until shrimp turn opaque and start to curl.
  • Add sherry, ketchup and soy sauce.  Stir to combine.
  • Stir cornstarch mixture to recombine, then add it to the shrimp, stirring constantly.
  • Sauce will quickly thicken and coat shrimp.  Remove and serve immediately.

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Driving in a foreign country can be both an adventure and a challenge when you’re visiting.

And living in the foreign country doesn’t necessarily change that.

There are still some things that are just….. Strange.

Like the cacahuète.

The peanut..

It’s the nickname for a tiny little caricature of a car, but a car, nonetheless.

The first time one sees a cacahuète on the road one thinks they’re cute.

Then one gets behind one on a narrow, country road, driven (usually) by a little old man at a snail’s pace and one gets frustrated.

Can’t he go any faster?!?!?!?

Then one gets behind a cacahuète on a major road driven by a young man…. at the same snail’s pace….


No, it doesn’t go any faster.

That’s the point.

It turns out the cacahuète is a car for people who aren’t legally allowed to drive a car.

One doesn’t actually need a license to drive a cacahuète.

They’re not allowed on the motorways and they can’t go faster than about 50kph (30mph).

They’re meant for people who either never got a driver’s license or lost the one they had due to, oh, speeding or drunk driving or whatever, but still need a car for transportation.

One sees them most often in very rural, remote areas.  I saw them a lot in the Vendée but not as often here where there is more public transportation available.

They cost as much as a proper car, so it’s not an option that is entertained lightly.

So the next time you’re over here, remember to pay attention to the cute little cacahuète….

It’s not what it seems.

7 thoughts on “Red Sauced Shrimp, driving without a license”

  1. At least a cacahuète is more visible and faster than the mobility scooter we see heading towards the local market most Mondays when we are there!

  2. We have the same thing here only they’re called mopeds. And stuck behind one going 30 in a 45 zone I feel your pain.

  3. That is fascinating !! Not that I ever intend driving in any foreign country . I certainly would not get behind the wheel here in Marrakech !!

  4. Tanna, it is so bizarre….

    Gill, one just has to accept that everyone has the right away LOL

    brassfrog, the French are a little more aggressive in passing – and also more polite in getting out of the way.

    Kate, I would never drive in Marrakech…. That’s why I;m so glad we found your riad LOL

  5. You should go to India or bangladesh lol…there are thee things called Baby Taxis – they’re ridiculous! No license required as far as I know.

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