Jimmy's Shrimp & Grits

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In Jimmy and Sacha's kitchen, dozens of jars of dried herbs line shelves, plants soak in the light coming through the patio doors, and Ladybug the cat keeps an eye on everything as the wood stove burns enthusiastically. Jimmy and Sacha own BullyGoth Farm, about half an hour outside of Yarmouth, where they grow a wide variety of herbs and mushrooms. I have known them for years, and it is always so much fun to spend time with them. (For a sense of the fun, listen all the way through for a serenade and a guest appearance by Jimmy as Julia Child.) I loved our visit!

Jimmy's first years growing up were in the Southern US, and he and Sacha shared a superbly delicious meal of creamy, comforting Shrimp and Grits with me on a cold and dark wintry evening. It was a new recipe to me, and is almost infinitely versatile. We talk through many of the possible variations on the recipe in the podcast. It's essentially a thick, savoury, seafoody sauce, and it was so very good.

You'll notice that I'm including a few decidedly un-seasonal photos below. I took these a few summers ago in Sacha's garden, since that's such an important part of their Nova Scotia kitchen story.  You can visit the BullyGoth Farm stand at the Yarmouth Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, where you can find their herbs and mushrooms, all grown organically on their farm. They create delicious herb and spice blends, mushroom-based meat rubs, herbed vinegars, and herbal tea blends. You can read more about their farm, their workshops, and sign up for their newsletter on their site over at BullyGoth Farm.  Right now, registration is open for their 2017 CSA program with Riverview Produce Farm. It starts May 24 and continues through November. We're already signed up again for this year - if you're local, you should definitely join in!

A few things we mention in the podcast:

Old Bay seasoning. If you can't find it at your grocery store, there's a recipe to make your own similar blend here.

Grits. This recipe can also be served on rice or pasta. I use this recipe to make basmati rice and it turns out perfectly every time. I think it would be a great substitute if you can't easily find grits (also known as white hominy grits). 

And, if after listening to the podcast you have a certain song running through your head, you can listen to it here. Enjoy!

Jimmy's Shrimp & Grits