A tribute to the African-American Heritage Diet- plant based, local and organic.
October 27, 2019
There are a number of things people don’t know about Tucson.
Esteban, the first recorded African explorer in North America came through what is now Tucson in about 1538. Esteban Park in the historical Dunbar-Springs neighborhood, named after famed poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, is the only monument to him in the nation although he is now memorialized in the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
Tucson was founded August 20, 1775.
7 of the 15 founders were Afro-Mexicans from Culiacan, Mexico.
Tucson is 3 hours from the ocean.
Like many Black Arizonans, my grandparents migrated from Texas during the Depression. Family legend has it that they were on their way to California but my grandfather took a sudden liking to Tucson so decided to stay – my grandmother never forgave him even after death.
As an adult, Dad used to go on regular fishing trips to Guaymas with his buddy Mr. Summers. They rarely caught anything but he would always bring home the sweet jumbo shrimp some professional fishermen wrangled. Sadly, I don’t see shrimp that large anymore, but I make do with any wild caught sighted. Fried fish is a summertime treat of the African Heritage Diet. I combined two joyful childhood memories to create the easily achieved Guaymas Shrimp.
Camarones Fritos or Fried Shrimp
24 Medium Shrimp, Peeled and De-veined
1 Cup Organic Flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Tony Chachere’s Seasoning
3 Tablespoons Organic Avocado Oil
Heat oil in a large frying pan to medium heat. Thaw shrimp to room temperature, pat dry with a paper towel. Salt shrimp on both sides. Combine flour and seasoning. Beat eggs in a bowl. Dip shrimp into the flour, then egg, then flour again. Cook shrimp approximately 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. !Buen provecho!
Happy Juneteenth to the descendants of Black Texans! Check out all the talented #JuneteethCookout chefs below: