Have you every been scalloping? Basically, you head out to the bay, look for all the boats (from far away they look like white caps and rough water!), set your anchor, put on flippers, mask and snorkle then you float until you spot one… BAM down you go and grab the sucker! Beware though, if you get your finger in the way they might snap you and it scares the sh** out of you—- um… not that I would know.
I’ve lived in Florida my entire life. I love this state and believe it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. But I have a confession to make… I had never been scalloping! I KNOW the HORROR!!! For years, scalloping was not allowed here in our beautiful State of Florida…. so when Florida Fish and Wildlife opened the season back up several years ago, it was a BIG deal. My “Hub” jokes often, that the only thing better than owning a boat is having a friend that owns a boat. And we do! BIG SEXY!!! So off we went, out scalloping with some of my besties from high school.
This gives you an idea of the beauty that we saw all day yesterday thanks to Big Sexy – our boat captain. (Please note that I had so much fun that I totally forgot to take pictures, but that is Phizz fishing in the same location a couple of years ago…. sort of.)
Before we left I figured we would need some sustenance or at least some yummy food. It needed to be quick, easy and YUMalicious.
These little buns were the perfect boat food/sandwich, controlled with one hand and they were fresh so really needed to be eaten! I grabbed a bottle of Italian dressing to add to them when we were ready to eat, bag o chips, and frozen fruit cups!! We were set to go!
However there was a surprise pièce de résistance – Once out on the bay, we added pimento cheese (provided by Big Sexy’s wife- one of my lifetime BFF’s) to the sandwiches….. OMG!!! Knowing that I must repeat this experience, I jumped on Big Sexy’s wife and demanded she give up the 411 on exactly what she puts in her cheese. She resisted…. but I fought – I tell you!!!! I FOUGHT!! Righteous and indignant I was…. DAMN IT give me that recipe!!!!! I MUST KNOW!!!!!! There must be something extra, something secret to make this stuff as good as crack! – BTW – you must know if I’m southern, Big Sexy’s wife is the ULTIMATE southern women. (Think Steele Magnolias, she’s Clariee and I’m Ouiser pronounced “Weezer” or “Weeza”). Finally she gave in…. and actually it’s embarrassing simple, which I think might be its perfect charm.
BIG SEXY’S Wife’s Pimento Cheese:
extra sharp cheese – shredded
real mayonaise – Dukes (of course)
a jar of pimentos – drained
(please note she’s so dang southern she didn’t give me measurements) My recommendation is start with the cheese and pimentos. Add the mayo and garlic salt to taste. Keep in mind, a night in the slammer (the frig) makes all the flavors come together.
That’s it!!! and it was good. REALLY FREEKIN GOOD! (they caught me at one point just eating it straight out of the container….. with my fingers…. man, I’m glad they love me!)
Scalloping was cool, and we got a bucket full – the downer is cleaning them – but a beer (at home of course) and a circle of friends made that “beer-able” . The best part, honestly, was spending time with great friends and making amazing memories.
Thanks BIG SEXY… I’m glad my first time (scalloping! my first time scalloping – dirty birds) was with you! (and your better half, of course!)
Foot Note – – when scalloping wear a t-shirt – just saying, I’m slightly crispy! not cool…. really not cool – KLO thanks for the warning I got it too late.