Shrimp Toast with Mango Butter

There seem to be plans being made every day. Last year, at least the first half, was a lot slower than this. Yes, I traveled. A lot. Which helped distract me. But there were moments that were slow. Really, really slow… So slow that I started to read Fifty Shades of Grey (thirty pages in and I had to put it down because of how awful the writing was. Sorry Grey fans!).  I like busy.  I like having projects to work on… meetings, deadlines, things that create a sense of accomplishment.

As I type this, it does occur to me that having down time isn’t a bad thing either. I’m always go-go-go that sometimes I forget to chill.  Watching TV even becomes something that gets in the way of work. I feel guilty when I’m not checking my three email accounts (maybe someone sent me a message I have to respond to RIGHT NOW). It’s a problem… But one that I’m aware of at least. Balance is what I constantly strive for. I don’t think I’ve found it yet. Actually, I know I haven’t. I want it though… Whatever “it” is. I’ll figure it out one day.

I guess my real down time comes when I’m able to work on a blog post. It’s when I stop worrying about calendars, clients and money and focus on a single creative task. Over the winter, I did most of my recipe development in the shower or on our couch sipping on mugs of coffee. Someplace warm and cozy. Now I do it on long walks with Maki. Typically this isn’t what I set out to do when I take her around the block to relieve herself, but often I return with an urge to cook. Maybe I’m just hungry.

This shrimp toast and mango butter came to me last week while on an exceptionally long, hot and sweaty walk.  As Maki trotted along with her tongue sticking out, a list of available ingredients in our fridge ran through my mind. Most were things I had worked with recently. Asparagus, fiddleheads, tomatoes. And then… mango. The night before, Eric had said that we needed to do with it. That’s when it hit me… Mango Butter. Spicy mango butter. On bread topped with shrimp.  Done.

 

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  • kulsum@journeykitchen.comMay 29, 2013 - 5:32 am

    your mango butter sounds insanely GOOD! I am going to try that as soon as possible!ReplyCancel

  • TieghanMay 29, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Mango butter!! Now that sounds awesome!! This toast look incredible!ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)May 29, 2013 - 8:56 am

    Now this is seriously a nifty bite of heaven. I love the twist with the mango butter.ReplyCancel

  • MariaMay 29, 2013 - 9:29 am

    That mango butter is calling my name!ReplyCancel

  • Bev @ Bev CooksMay 29, 2013 - 9:51 am

    MANGO. BUTTER.

    *cries*ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanMay 29, 2013 - 10:24 am

    Mmmnnn… I loves me some shrimps, especially when they ain’t too shrimpy!

    Camarones son mis camaradasReplyCancel

  • ErikaMay 29, 2013 - 11:03 am

    Mango Butter just gives me such happy thoughts.. Perfection.ReplyCancel

  • marlaMay 29, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Hey I got shrimp rolling today too! LOVE the look of these shrimpy toasts :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)May 29, 2013 - 11:59 am

    I’m now dreaming of mango butter!ReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!May 29, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    Yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisMay 30, 2013 - 1:53 am

    you had me at shrimp toast.ReplyCancel

  • CarolynMay 30, 2013 - 6:49 am

    You are a busy man these days! Just glad you have time to make lovely dishes like this…ReplyCancel

  • JoanneMay 30, 2013 - 7:07 am

    I think about food a lot during my long runs and that tends to be the time when I get most inspired! Maybe it’s something about being outside? That mango butter is absolutely something I need in my life!ReplyCancel

  • Arthur in the Garden!May 30, 2013 - 12:44 pm

    Shrimp makes everything better!ReplyCancel

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.comMay 30, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    Shrimp toast with mango butter looks absolutely divine!ReplyCancel

  • Arthur B RaleighMay 30, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    You had a me at SHRIMP…………ReplyCancel

  • Christy@SweetandSavoringJune 1, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    I don’t really eat seafood anymore, but when I arrived on this page I had to stop my usual browse-y mode and take a second look. Gorgeous! And mango butter made me gasp at the thought…! Might just have to make that for a party coming up!

    Totally know what you mean on keeping busy and finding balance- it’s so tough!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteJune 3, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Love the combination of mango and shrimp – fun idea making mango butter!ReplyCancel

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  • MorganJune 4, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    Nothing pairs better than mango and shrimp. I am swooning over these dish.ReplyCancel

  • thelittleloafJune 5, 2013 - 8:22 am

    Mango butter sounds AMAZING! Such a gorgeous colour and perfect for summer :-)ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJune 6, 2013 - 10:01 am

    That mango butter is just glorious. I love how thick and yellow it is, and topping it with shrimp, perfection. I have the same issue, go-go-go-go, and I fill my time with more projects and things than I can possibly juggle until I’m in danger of dropping the lot of them. I need to be better about taking that time to relax and breathe.ReplyCancel

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