Sesame Shrimp Tacos

Sesame Shrimp Tacos - Girl Nesting

Food is memories. Sesame shrimp brings back memories of my Abuela (Grandmother) Mabel. This was our favorite dish – ever! So much so, Abuela and I used to fight over who got the last bite! I can laugh now about this…but back then it was war and not a laughing matter ;) I would cross my arms and announce to my family, “When I grow up, I’m going to buy all the shrimp I want and make sesame shrimp everyday – just for me!”…I suffered from only child syndrome.

These memories make my Mother, Aunt and I laugh till this day. I did grow up to buy shrimp pretty often…but not everyday. These days I do share; counting each shrimp. Everyone gets the same amount ;) LOL!

So here is the dish we fought over for years throughout my childhood: sesame shrimp. I served it over tortilla, making it a sort of asian taco, but this would taste wonderful over rice as well.

Sesame Shrimp Tacos

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*Photos and editing done by me. 

Sesame Shrimp Tacos
Serves 2
Asian Taco Goodness!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of large uncooked shrimp, deveined and tails removed
  2. 1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce
  3. 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  4. About 3 shakes of sesame seeds
  5. A handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
  6. 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 1 tbsp of olive oil
  8. Flour tortillas
Instructions
  1. Combine soy sauce and cornstarch in a small bowl, whisk together until cornstarch dissolves. Pour over shrimp in a large bowl and let marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Sprinkle sesame seeds over marinated shrimp and lightly toss together.
  3. Prepare wok with 1 tbsp of olive oil, add garlic and stir over medium high heat until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add marinated shrimp to wok and cook over medium high heat, tossing frequently for about 1 minute. Cover and allow to cook through until shrimp curls and turns pink, toss often.
  4. Add chopped cilantro to wok and toss until coated.
  5. Heat tortilla over open flame, flipping 2 to 3 times (be careful not to burn your fingers).
  6. Serve shrimp over tortilla and enjoy!!!
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Terrible Two’s Came a Little Early…

Terrible Two's Came a Little Early... - Girl Nesting

I am writing this down at 9 something in the evening, sipping wine and smiling a half smirk because it’s dawning on me what we’re in for. Our daughter Zoë turned 22 months this week on the 22nd. So this means in just 2 months she will be turning the big 2. THE BIG 2!!! (cue in scary music now.)

We have been the most grateful parents, it’s easy to despise us – but we don’t care. We went through lots of infertility stories we could spend decades sharing. We are just so grateful to be parents.

Now we’re in the hustle and bustle of it all and facing the challenges that come with parenthood. Terrible two’s is something most parents fear. I feared it. Michael thought it wouldn’t be that bad. HA! I knew it was going to be a journey. I was still naive on how much of a journey we are talking about here. A small hiccup of a journey…a small hill of a journey. Reality has hit hard and it has become clear to us that it’s a mountain that reaches Jupiter kind of journey! Our sweet innocent angel has reached a level of maturity where toddlers begin to test their parents. TEST their parents!!! Hmmm… WHO TAUGHT THEM TO DO THIS?!!! I know I didn’t. 

This leaves us parents bewildered, shocked, terrified….ready to cancel all future plans with family and friends for the next oh…2-3 years. Call us when she’s about 5!

Reality settles in and you realize you can’t go into hiding after all. You need human contact. Life continues. Embarrassment begins.

This evening, Mike and I held our heads up like two 50 pound weights (barely) as our munchkin screamed bloody murder because we were exiting the playground. It was time for dinner…where may I ask was the crime??? At first listen you think, “child in danger!!!”. Then you see what’s really going on here…our eardrums are being blown out and we are being mistreated. You realize, “parents in danger!!!”. Mike whispers to me, while holding onto our squirming Zoë, “Could you walk another 10 feet behind us hun…?”. I am actually really surprised I heard him 10 feet away… it must have been a very loud whisper. I stuck out my chest and held onto our pug’s leash, even the dog was embarrassed and was trying to keep a good distance. Bravely I put my arm around my husband, and “announced” to the parents at the birthday party we were passing (I think they were about to sing happy birthday……..) “I am right here babe. I got your back. We are doing this together.” I wanted desperately to act like I never saw these two people before in my life and I’m pretty sure the pug would have played along with me.

Parents are forced to be in situations they don’t want anything to do with. For example, we are forced to be the mediator on sharing a sandbox toy. I HATE this desperately…I would buy every shovel ever made just to keep the peace in the sandbox. We are forced to keep a straight face while telling our child they absolutely can not take their clothes off in a grocery store…especially in the freezer aisle!!! I mean really?! We are forced to tell our child it’s time to share the swing with the extremely impatient child who’s been waiting for the last 10 minutes for his turn…even though it’s finally calmed our child down and kept her in one place. 

With all of this, now the 2′s are coming? Can’t we just skip it?! AND AND potty training is next?!!! Well these days, Zoë won’t even let me put a diaper on her without a struggle, so maybe she’ll prefer pooping on a pot. …who am I kidding – we’re screwed. 

This night ended with Michael talking in his sleep, “Stay close honey, stay close to Daddy – you can’t just go walking off!”. Poor man, he’s traumatized. 

Modeling for Kohler And All It’s Beauty – Where it all Happens

Modeling for Kohler and all it's Beauty - Where it all Happens - Girl Nesting

 Booking an ad for Kohler is my dream come true! I have been wishing for this opportunity for 20 years!!! Some models dream to book Calvin Klein, Gucci – of course those are all fabulous! But my dream has always been Kohler. Finally I got it! Finally!!! The result: One of my favorite bookings ever! One of the best shoots of my career; the atmosphere, the photo crew were the nicest people ever, the food was incredible…even the coffee was awesome! I had the best time! I’m placing it up there with modeling for J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Bruce Weber and that time I shot next to Ricky Martin for Ocean Drive Magazine (LoL).

It was totally worth the wait :)

Here are some shots you won’t see on your tour of Kohler in Kohler, Wisconsin. The BEACON building, where all the magic happens! Where Kohler products are designed and photographed!!! 

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 Mike and I stayed at The American Club Resort which was a dream onto itself! It’s a five star, five diamond hotel! Below is the coffee house located in the courtyard outside of our room! Heaven. We stayed and worked in heaven for 1 night and a day ;) and it was awesome!

 Modeling for Kohler and all it's Beauty - Where it all Happens - Girl Nesting   

*Photographs done by myself and Mike on my iPhone if you can believe it!

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