A beautiful sweet basil pesto pasta dish with fresh shrimp. Not.


This meal just grossed me out and made my stomach churn. Even though I bought the shrimp on Monday, they smelled extremely fishy when I was washing them and I think the smell just stuck with me after they were cooked. I used one of those packets of herbs with olive oil for the sauce (I wanted a change of pace from my jarred pesto) and it was really oily even though I didn’t even add all that the packet called for. The combination of fishy and slimy just reminded me too much of algae and seaweed and I declared to Matt that our dinner tasted like a pond. With my appetite though, I still cleaned my plate and then felt queasy for a good hour afterwards. What finally made me feel better? A haircut. There was a cancellation at my salon and I got in at the last minute. I had a nice inch cut off the bottom and a whole lotta thinning action. It’s a bit shaggy looking with the blunt edges, but it feels a zillion times better and seems brighter. I got complaints last time, so here’s a snap.


I’m still feeling a bit shrimpy, so I’m heading to bed early. We sure are getting close to the weekend friends! NIght!

  • Miranda
    November 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Maybe you feel ill because you are finally realising that all prawns (sorry, can’t bring myself to call them shrimp, haha) are cockroaches of the sea and shouldn’t be eaten… I hate them!! Sorry to hear you felt sick though – that’s a horrible way to spend an evening 🙁

    • Laura
      December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

      But I ususally love them!!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    November 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    i’ve had too many bad experiences with shrimp and kinda gave them up. At least cooking them myself. Feel better!

  • Mom
    December 1, 2011 at 5:58 am

    I think it’s because the noodles look so slimy.

  • Kath
    December 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Sounds like the shrimps were on their last leg…..if they have legs!?

  • Dad
    December 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Do you remember the shrimp that went bad at the Marsh Harbour? I thought we might have to vacate the Pinnacle for the remainder of our visit. Now those were truly bad shrimp.

    • Laura
      December 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Yes! That’s all I could think about last night!