Is it just me or is this year moving along rather fast! A few weeks ago I did something that was maybe one of the toughest decisions I’ve made in a long time–I left a job that I was at for 12 years. I’m a pretty calm person and just go with the flow, but I have never felt that much anxiety in who knows how long! Am I making the right decision? What if I do not like my new job! Should I throw away 12 years? Take the risk or lose the chance right?
A Return Home to New Orleans
Well, that big change led to me having some downtime back home in New Orleans. The great thing about it was that I was about to spend time with my family during Easter–something I’m never able to do since I work in retail. The best part is that I was able to cook for my family and hit up my favorite spots! One thing I was craving was fresh oysters and knew I could get a good price back home.
Going to the farmers market I was able to pick up some delicious Ponchatoula Strawberries and some beautiful long cayenne peppers. After that, I headed out to the Westwego Fisherman Market and was on the hunt for 1/2 a sack of fresh oysters. I do not know why I decided to make this strawberry mignonette. I remember in the restaurant the chef adding strawberries and beer into a braised mussels dish, so why not?
The Oysters With Strawberry Mignonette Recipe
This recipe is quick and simple. Refreshing with a nice bottle of champagne or a cold beer. It was my first time shucking oysters and have nothing but respect for those who do it on a daily basis! Make sure to let the mignonette sit for a bit to let the flavors merry and macerate.
- 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 2 ounces champagne vinegar
- 1-2 teaspoons sugar adjust for taste
- 1/4 teaspoon fresno, cayenne, or serrano chile
- 3 teaspoons fresh strawberries, minced
- 12 dozen oysters, shucked
- Combine all ingredients into a bowl and let set for 10 minutes. Spoon ontop of the oysters and enjoy!