Our Western Caribbean Trip and Risotto Prawn Recipe

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Freedom of the Sea's in Port Canaveral, Florida
A very relaxing cruise, 7 days headed for the Western Caribbean.  Day 1 stayed in Port Canaveral, Day 2 at sea, Day 3 Labadee Haiti a private island for RC, Day 4 Ocho Rios Jamacia, Day 5 Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Day 6 Cozumel,  Mexico, Day 7 our return back...how fast this time goes by~

Starting out our cruise, welcome aboard craved out watermelons, amazing ice sculptures, and a huge  luncheon and assortment of special desserts, chocolate covered fruits, tarts, cakes.
We chose a room with our own private balcony, peaceful and warm.
Every night, our attendant would leave us a towel animal, cute little elephant, a different one every night.
Formal night we got to eat my favorite, lobster. Loved the way everything is served on the ship so perfect in presentation and no cooking for me!

Well I got to do my favorite past time, watch fabulous chefs cook in front of me, give me tips and make some fantastic Italian foods. Chefs from the Portofino Intimate Italian Dining Restaurant. They had a demonstration, I got to watch help and later eat some amazing risotto, bruschetta and mouth watering desserts.
The dungeness crab shrimp cake with lemon butter sauce,  above was so delicious!  The risotto alla polpa di ranchio e Gamberetti (prawn and crab risotto) just amazing! I booked a reservation for this immediately after the demo. This was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. I enjoyed watching them cook, seeing the ingredients used to make this, the presentation, I was so excited, I couldn't wait to come home and try some recipes out!

Just amazing ice sculptures everywhere, one more beautiful than the other, and flowers made out of vegetables.
In the Grand Cayman we did a excursion with Stingrays and snorkeling. Yes, that's me with the stingrays all around. You can see their tales in the water swimming by me, very slimy but fun.
Not one of my favorites parts of my trip, I hate losing my money! The casino was not my friend. (laughing)
On deck 14 we can see the whole ship and the fun on board, peaceful up there, had a nice glass of Cabernet and relaxed while at sea.
Pineapple, cantaloupe, another amazing sculpture with fruit.
Crimini Mushroom Alfredo Fettuccine.
The Ruins in Tulum, lots of history, walking a very well worth it trip in Cozumel. The water was gorgeous, but it was 105 degrees and 88% humidity that day...

We got up watched the sunrise on our balcony set up for a day for snorkeling, stingrays and lots of fun.

Our reservation for Portofino, we had everything I mentioned that I watched them cook except for my husbands large Italian spiced Tbone and desserts, what a huge assortment of wonderful Italian pastry  that kept coming. What a perfect ending to a wonderful trip! Freedom of the Sea's treated us well, the food was superb and the customer service  was outstanding. Can't wait to go back again, a lovely anniversary for us to celebrate 10 years married. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for reading (smile). Please scroll down for the recipe for risotto, you won't be sorry~
Of course I had to add a recipe and now for my  new favorite!  So here it goes!
Risotto with Prawns
1 to 1-1/2 cups chicken broth, hot
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced shallots
1/2 cup Arborio rice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground white pepper
8 large Tiger fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined, and halved lengthwise
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Minced fresh parsley leaves, for garnish
In a small saucepan, bring the chicken broth to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to very low, cover, and keep hot.

Put 2 tablespoons each of the butter and olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and shallots and saute, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until soft but not yet browned, about 3 minutes.

Add the rice and saute, stirring, until the rice grains are well coated, about 1 minute. Add the wine and boil it, stirring until it has been almost completely absorbed by the rice, about 3 minutes.

Using a large spoon or ladle, add about 1/2 cup of the hot broth to the rice. Still over medium heat, stir constantly until the broth has been absorbed and the rice looks almost dry, about 3 minutes. Add another spoonful and repeat, stirring after each addition until it has been absorbed, continuing just until most of the broth has been used and the rice is tender surrounded by a creamy sauce.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining butter and the Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and white pepper and, if the risotto seems a little dry, stir in the last of the broth.

Immediately heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with salt and white pepper and saute them until they turn white and firm, 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle them with lemon juice.

Spoon the risotto a bed on 2 serving plates and arrange the shrimp attractively on top. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

Printable Recipe


MaryMoh said...

That's such a fun trip....got to tell my hubby :D Love all the pictures. Love all the animal sculptures. The food are just amazing. Wow, you dare to swim with sting rays! That's very brave. I think I would scream and frighten all the sting rays away...haha. But most lovely of all....you look so sweet in the pictures :D Thanks very much for sharing, Claudia.

alison said...

claudia,you and nemo had a great time!your trip was funny and relaxing and the risotto prowns sounds amazing!

Bridgett said...

Wow! Food, food, and more food! What a vacation! You two make a gorgeous couple.

Kathy Gori said...

Wow! What a vacation. Looks like you had quite the adventure, a great way to celebrate 10 years married! Both of you look extremely relaxed.

Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog said...

Wow Claudia I need a cruise like that in my summer how wonderful and yummy photos!!
Hope you'll be repeating it soon ;-)

All the best,


Reeni said...

What fun! You make me want to go on a cruise. The food looks excellent - and you look so cute with the chefs. I can picture you getting in there and helping them out. The risotto sound delicious too!

Claudia said...

Thanks so much for the risotto recipe - it looks amazing. It must have been heaven to be surrounded by so much beauty - a gorgeous way to celebrate a special event! And I have to say I'm enamoured of the towel animals.

Mother Rimmy said...

How much fun you had! Wonderful pictures. I have to admit I'm jealous. All that wonderful food and blue, blue water. I'm so happy you had a good time.

Ana Powell said...

Hi Claudia
I saw your post at Lazaro`s Blog and came over to say hello.
What an amazing trip, lovely photos.
Your risotto recipe looks very delicious.
Wishing you a great week ♥

Subterfuge Diva said...

Happy 10th Anniversary! What a wonderful way to celebrate with a cruise to beautiful locations and, oh, all those gorgeous food and sculptures leave me speechless. I think my favorite parts (in living this trip through you!) are the animals - stingrays, animal sculptures and those adorable towels. LOL.

Thanks for sharing the fun experience with us, Claudia!

Foodessa said...

I used to look forward to chocolate on the pillow until towel caricatures came along ;o)

Your wonderful 10th year celebration was certainly well accompanied by all this beauty and tasty dishes. The cremini alfredo pasta...yumm.

What a way to finish off a great cruise...Italian pastries...ahhh.

Your recipe is one to certainly get bookmarked along with the best risotto meals I'm planning to make ;o)

Claudia...here's wishing you many more of these happy celebrations.

Ciao for now,

pegasuslegend said...

@mother rimey
Thanks for all the wonderful kind words and wishes..I hope you all felt like you went through a little experience on cruising, I highly recommend it, and a little secret to all of you, I am scared to death of water! Don't swim. But there is nothing like a cruise :)

May Ling Wu said...

Looks like a fun time!! I am scared of risotto but it's about time I give it a try!

Janis said...

You lucky woman you! It looks like a wonderful trip. Being the goof I am my favorite thing that you showed was the elephant made out of towels (I love elephants). I would have snuck it home in my suitcase.

Happy 10 years! It will be 10 for Dr Food and me in November.

Belinda @zomppa said...

What a lovely trip!! Those animal towels are ADORABLE. You look so relaxed and happy. That risotto sounds awesome.

pegasuslegend said...

@may ling
The towels are cute, they even sell a book on how to make them, went to the class, that was fun too. I really love that the will find your sunglasses, there was a bat hanging in there one night, really cute too. thanks for all your kind wishes.

Joanne said...

I LOVE - LOVE - LOVE cruising. It looks like you had a fantastic time and so many wonderful places to visit.
The food looks tremendous.
Did you buy the ships cook book? I bought the book and had it signed on my last cruise then my parents took the QE2 years ago and brought me a signed book.
So glad you had a great 7 day vacation.

Drick said...

glad you got a week off and time for the two of you, looks like you filled everyday... Tulum sits along one of our favorite places to visit, as long as we can stay away from tourists...heehee... your shrimp risotto looks really delicious and now that our waters have opened up, I'll going to catch up on cooking these...

Angie's Recipes said...

What a great fun trip! You look so beautiful and relaxing on the photos.

pegasuslegend said...

So happy to hear you can start getting back to cooking shrimp again. I loved Tulum but it was way to hot, and 8 hour trip between the ferry, bus, they touring. Long day.

5 Star Foodie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful and relaxing trip! The risotto with prawns sounds fantastic!

Kate said...

I've been on the same cruise on the same ship! Loved seeing Tulum. What an amazing place. RC does a great job. Thank you so much for the great trip down memory lane :-) Kateiscooking

lequan@luvtoeat said...

Hi Claudia,

Found you through Lazaro's blog and wanted to drop by to say hi. What a fun post this was to read! Lovely lovely pictures as well. Hubby, kiddies, and I got to go on a cruise for the very first time last x-mas and absolutely fell in love with cruising. Your post brings back such wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing these pictures, and your delicious recipes! Lazaro sure knows how to track down great guest posters. Loving your blog and can't wait to see more! :-D

Pam said...

What a great fun trip! And all that delicious looking food! Your risotto sounds great also!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said...

Hi Claudia, just came from Lazaro's. Love your cheesecake! Hey, I've been wanting to go on a cruise for awhile now. Look at those beautiful photos, food, and such. Damn, I should have booked one for our anniversary.

Magic of Spice said...

The risotto sounds amazing, and your trip looks fantastic. Lovely photos :)

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Looks like you had a great time! Recipe looks great.


redkathy said...

Beautiful display GF! Looks like you all had a fab time and great eats, of course. Cruises always have amazing food displays and I can see this one held to the standard! And with those adorable towel pets too, what more could there be to a vacation right.

Moogie said...

Girl... this looks so freaking great. Pap and I are taking a cruise in Feb. ..... can hardly wait.

Emily Malloy said...

Beyond lovely.

bella roz said...

Wow what a gorgeous vacation and the risotto recipe sounds perfectly wonderful too! I've just started following although I've always been a frequent visitor. I'm Italian and just love reading other Italian blogs for new ideas and creativity! Please stop by my blog and hopefully follow back. I've got a brand new "Fresh Friday" blog hop going on to that you've got great posts to link up to. Ciao bella! Salute'!

Roz at La Bella Vita


Frank said...

Looks like a great time! Cruises are so relaxing, aren't they? And it looks like you ate very well, too. :)

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

Wow!! Amazing food. I love the balcony view and that towel elephant. You're both a very handsome couple :)

Patsyk said...

What a fabulous trip! The risotto sounds out of this world, too! Yum!

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