A couple of weeks ago, the lovely people from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! presented me with a wonderful opportunity. They invited me to participate in a food blogger competition that will crown the first ever I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Toast Ambassador! Never mind the all expense paid trip to New York City and the $5,000 cash prize the grand prize winner walks away with, what I’m really giddy about is being able to be crowned “Toast Ambassador”! Besides being awarded “Drama Queen” of my senior class in high school, I have never held a title. Do I have what it takes? Let's hope the judges think so! This blog post is my entry for the contest. Wish me luck!
Its summer in Seattle, but a quick glance outside would have you thinking we are still in April. I’m a summer baby and am dying for some hot weather. This gloomy weather has got me in a funk. When I get like this, there is nothing better than to whip up something delicious and something that reminds me of my sultry Brazil.
This past week I have been trying to concoct the perfect recipe for the ICBINB! contest. A recipe that would get me out of this cold weather funk and transport me to the tropics. I knew I wanted to incorporate a fresh fruit in my recipe, since it was something I enjoyed daily as a kid. As you may have read in my Avocado Smoothie post a while back, my family’s back yard in Brazil was filled with fresh fruit trees. We had a bananeira (banana tree), abacateiro (avocado tree), and a mangueira (mango tree). Most Brazilians are blessed to have these and other wonderful fruit trees just a stone’s throw away from their back door.
After a couple of days, I created a knock-out recipe: Garlic Shrimp and Mango Salsa Crostini! The recipe features crispy crostini toasts baked to golden perfection, topped with some fresh mango salsa, and individually crowned with glistening shrimp sautéed with ICBINB!, garlic and lime.
*Food Samba Disclosure: I was invited to participate in this contest and this blog post is a form of entry