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Cooking Shrimp

My name is Nancy, a mother of two daughters. My family genuinely loves my food. In fact, no one ever wants to miss my dinner even for a day. For this reason, my husband and my children usually look forward to having a good time at our dinner table every evening.

Shrimp is one of the foods I like preparing for dinner. Ever since I learned how to cook this delicious protein-rich seafood, it has become of my favorite dish for dinner not only because it is delicious, but also because it is easy to prepare.

Shopping tips

The following tips guide me when I am buying shrimps

Best type of shrimp

Shrimp is sold in the market in many different ways. Initially, making the right choice was not an easy task. But today, I know better. When I am shopping for shrimp, frozen is usually my preferred choice. Even though fresh sounds like the best choice, the truth is that in more often than not, seafood labeled ‘fresh’ is actually frozen to allow for transit. Experience has taught me that frozen shrimp is actually fresher. Once you defrost it, it unleashes its freshness, just as the time when they caught it.

Clean sea odor

The fact that shrimp is labeled frozen doesn’t mean that it is the best for consumption. To ensure that I buy good shrimp, I usually pay attention to its odor. Clean sea odor is a sure sign that the shrimp is good. If I find out that they are smelling like ammonia, it means that they are spoiled.

Appearance

Good shrimp must be shiny. So, I never buy anything that is not shiny and translucent.

Preparation tips

When I have bought a frozen shrimp, I usually keep it frozen until the time I am ready to use it. When it is time to thaw my frozen shrimp, I defrost it in my fridge overnight. Whenever I have bought fresh shrimp, I put it in a plastic container and then store it in my fridge until the time I am ready to cook.

To prepare shrimp, I start by removing the heads using a kitchen knife or my hands. After that, I remove the legs. Even though I prefer cooking shrimp with the shells, I sometimes remove them when my family requests that I cook without the shells.

To devein the peeled shrimp, I run a sharp kitchen knife down the shrimp’s back before lifting the sandy-colored vein away. When I am not yet ready to cook them, I keep them in a bowl.

Cooking tips

When I deep-fry

First, I dip the frozen shrimp in milk before dusting it lightly with flour. After which, I add an averagely heated vegetable oil, and then I fry the mixture until it is golden brown.

When broiling

The first thing to do is to use a kitchen knife to cut between shimmers and through to the shell via the meat. After which I then spread the shell so that it lies flat on my cutting board before doing a thorough washing in a clean, cold water. Next, I broil it on my oven for about 5 minutes.

After cooking, I clean up the kitchen, making sure to use vacuums for pet hair as my cat loves to keep me company as I cook. But he keeps his distance when it is shrimp time. Maybe he doesn’t understand how shrimps allow themselves to get caught, or something.

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Bad Habits – Nail Biting

If there is one thing that is very difficult to break, then it must be a habit. I had a terrible nail biting habit throughout my childhood. My nail biting habit made my name Nancy very famous. I knew it was a bad habit because my parents and teachers tried to stop me. However, they never managed, and it is as if they gave up. When I was celebrating my 30th birthday, I took my time to write my New Year resolutions. Oh, I almost forgot! January First is my birthday. Stopping bad habits was on top of the list. And the first habit to fight was nail biting. Yes, I managed after a long struggle. But my worry is that my children might also develop this terrible habit because I only managed to stop when my two beautiful daughters were two and four.

Reasons why I stopped my nail biting habit

Here are some of the health reasons why I had to stop biting my nails.

Placing my dirty fingers in my mouth created an easy way through which germs entered my system. For this reason, I caught flu most of the times, and I frequently suffered from colds and other illness.

I suffered from toothache frequently because I was putting a strain on them all the time.

My nails looked ugly all the time. They could not grow well because I used to damage all the tissues that usually help the nails to grow.

My nails started to grow abnormally

Tips to stop nail biting

Here are some of the tips I used to stop myself from biting my nails.

I ensured my nails remained short

By keeping my nails short all the time, I didn’t have anything to chew, and there was no positive reinforcement for taking my fingers into my mouth. Because nails can grow faster than expected, I developed a trimming routine to ensure that they were always short.

I kept my nails looking beautiful

I realized that if my nails look good, I would not want to damage them in any way. And biting was one of the ways that could damage them. I maintained getting an expensive manicure that ensured that my nails always looked gorgeous. I went for expensive treatments because that could make me more careful not to damage what had cost me a lot of money.

 

I flavored my nails

Whenever I was having a hard time keeping my fingers off my mouth, I used bitter-flavored varnish. The good thing with varnish is that I can always apply it even over my manicured nails.

 

I focused on just one finger

At some point, I realized that stopping my whole hand from going near my mouth was difficult. I identified that one finger that seemed sweetest and focused on it before proceeding to the next that seemed sweeter and so on until I could control all my fingers.

Keeping at it

I know that breaking the bad habit of nail biting does not take only 21 days as many people say. And I knew it wasn’t going to take me hours to stop. I kept at it. I reminded myself all the time and developed some practices that helped me out.