Bumba 3rd Artesan Bazaar

Saturday Feb. 24th from 10:00 – 2:30 pm

Take a stroll on the Tomebamba River this Saturday and stop at The Bumba Bazaar and Fair.

14 vendors selling:

Fish
Bakery Goods
Aged Cheese
Goat Cheese
Smoked Parmesan
Franco Organico Coffee and Peanuts
King Smokehouse Bacon
Little Pie Factory
Jewelry
Leather Goods
Blueberries
Spices

Bumba Restaurant is located on 3 de Noviembre next to the old Sofy’s location

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Shrimp Alfredo

This morning I stopped off at the Monday Organic Market just in front of the Puertas del Sol Bridge where Melatte Coffee is.  I purchased a bunch of Spinach and my wife did the magic.

 

 

There is no better comfort food than a creamy and decadent cheese sauce with rich bits of salty cheese. It’s true, alfredo sauce just cannot be topped…but it certainly can be improved upon, simplified, and healthied up. It just takes a few minor adjustments and some quick cooking tips to make this one pot shrimp Alfredo!

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

My absolute favorite part of this one pan recipe is that it goes from raw shrimp to a creamy sauce so quickly! Because you are cooking everything in a series of quick steps, getting dinner on the table and in your belly is less of a marathon and more of a sprint. Plus, you can put this sweet and salty sauce on top of any low-carb vegetable and it’s amazing. Pictured below is the sauce and shrimp over a bed of fiber packed greens but you could do anything from cauliflower rice to zoodles.

The second most appealing alteration of this recipe is that it uses a mixture of milk and cream cheese as the sauce to take out the agonizing “cooking down” portion of making alfredo. Just a little butter, cream cheese, milk, and Parmesan makes this sauce come together in a snap. Dried herbs are also perfect for a quick meal with minimal prep work and they are easy to keep on hand!

Yields 4 servings of One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

THE PREPARATION

  • 1 tablespoon butter, salted
  • 1 pound shrimp, raw*
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 5 whole sun dried tomatoes, cut into strips
  • ¼ cup baby kale

*Cleaned plus tails and shell removed.

THE EXECUTION

1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
2. Add the shrimp to the skillet and reduce heat to medium low.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
3. Turn the shimp after about 30 seconds and cook the other side until they are only slightly pink. This is important because the sauce will continue to cook the shrimp once it is added. If you over cook the shrimp it will become tough and rubbery!

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
4. Add cream cheese cubes to the shrimp pan.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
5. Pour milk into pan and increase your heat to medium. Stir frequently until the cream cheese has melted into the milk and no lumps are present.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
6. Sprinkle the garlic, basil, and salt into the pan and stir well.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

7. Dump in the Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Let simmer until the sauce begins to thicken.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
8. Complete the dish by folding in sun dried tomatoes and baby kale or spinach.

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo
9. Remove from heat and serve hot!

One Pot Shrimp Alfredo

 

6 Year Anniversary

Thank you Cuenca Tech Life subscribers for challenging me to keep this blog an interesting time in my life and perhaps providing you with some interesting tech observations and Cuenca comments.

So what has changed since last year:

  • There are less tech posts now that I am a full time Fish Monger 
  • I have accepted my smartphone addiction and trying to reduce my daily dose of my Nexus 6
  • My guess is that there are 6000 English speaking expats in Cuenca.
  • Lenin Moreno is the new President Of Ecuador
  • Unfortunately, the Tranvia is 2 years behind schedule and the new completion target is Nov. 2018
  • It is easy and fairly inexpensive to find a great meal or have one delivered to your house.

The three most viewed posts are as follows:

Thank you again for viewing Cuenca Tech Life and your continued support

My Smartphone Addiction Part Two

In November 2017 I stated I was addicted to my smartphone and promised to report back on my progress. I loaded two apps to record my smartphone usage and I was shocked on how much time I spent on the device.

Some days my usage exceeded 3 hours.  

I noticed the following patterns that I have since corrected.

  • When in the house I no longer look at the phone for the time.  I either use a clock or ask Alexa
  • I have removed the Facebook and other social media apps from my phone
  • I have removed all notifications
  • The phone is no longer on my night stand when I go to bed
  • I have set aside 3 times a day to answer email. No more answering email on demand
  • I use remote controls rather than my smartphone to control the TV.
  • I am very aware that when I am bored I go to the smartphone.

My usage is still over an 90 minutes a day. I’m seriously thinking about a no digital day and only answer the phone when someone calls. In another 3 months I will report back on the changes in my smartphone usage.

The following article is a must read for anyone thinking about cutting down their smartphone usage.

Smartphone Detox: How to power down in a wired world

 

 

 

 

 

A Life In Six Words

In 2010 NPR’s “Talk Of The Nation” had a program called –

A Life… In Six Words

The next day I wrote the following:  “Brooklyn, Oswego, Brentwood, Oregon, married Sharon”.

Here is my new one for 2018

Brooklyn, Oregon, Sharon, Ecuadorian Resident, Salmon.

Here are ones from the broadcast that I found particularly interesting.

  • Found on Craigslist: table, apartment, fiance.
  • Hotel sex still rocks over fifty.
  • Normal person becomes psychotic on Twitter.
  • Full circle: morgue tech becomes obstetrician.
  • So would you believe me anyway?
  • Overworked and underpaid,
    Oversexed and underlaid.

What is your six word story?

 

Do You Know How To Say Popcorn In Spanish?

It depends on what country you are in. The other day I scared a local Cuencana while walking to Supermaxi. I was racking my brain to come up with the word for two days when at that moment my brain reminded me it was “canguil” and I proudly shouted it out.

So why mention canguil?  One of the proven ways to delay the onset of dementia is to learn a foreign language. Other methods are to play chess, bridge, quilt and a various other games that require critical thinking and memory recall.

I highly recommend the smartphone app “Pocket“. Besides, acting as a reservoir for your saved websites, the app suggests articles that may interest you based on your web browsing history.

Here was interesting article that I found on Pocket and the catalyst for this post.

Retirement Caused Brain Function To Decline

It’s a quick read and was actually very promising for all of us who live in Ecuador and struggle for the right word for popcorn.