A good evening

It's nice to come home to dinner, but it's even nicer when you think dinner is going to be seafood soup, but it turns out that Terz decided to get creative, and instead there's almost-shrimp etouffee: shrimp, crab meat, scallops, topshell, asparagus and scallions stirred together in a light milk sauce with macaroni.

And it's hot and ready to serve immediately.

And even after friends came over to partake of the abundance, there's still enough leftovers for me to bring some for lunch tomorrow. Mmm-mmm mmmmm.

The only downside tonight, really, was the growing certainty that this latest season of The Amazing Race is special not only by virtue of being the Family Edition, but also because it looks likely that they won't be leaving the United States. But we liked watching Americans fumble their way around the world in culturally alien environments!


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At 10/05/2005 11:51 pm , Blogger cour marly said...

I got to watch last night's eppy, and waaaaaaaaaaah! What was that?? I WANT MY TAR BACK!

Best thing about the show has always been the alien languages and cultures and flight strategery! That said, the civil war reenactment was pretty darn nifty. I bet they will leave the US but only go as far as Canada or Tijuana (ooh exotic!)

At 10/06/2005 12:13 am , Blogger Tym said...

I wonder if it was insurance issues or something? Like maybe the cost and logistics of flying teams of 4 around the world, including into the less developed parts of the world, ran too high? Especially for insuring kids. E.g. given how badly some previous teams have dealt with being in certain Asian or African countries, maybe the producers didn't want to risk sending kids there --- in case the kids have a breakdown or there's an ugly cultural misunderstanding incident or whatever.

At 10/06/2005 1:56 am , Blogger cour marly said...

I wonder if TAR is just taking a 'break' with the family edition. It's a lot of work planning the race, and they may be taking it 'easy' for a season so that there'll be a kick-ass route for TAR9.

However, the cynic in me suspects also that TARFE is an audience building tactic. TAR has always had poor ratings despite being a critic's favourite. Many think it just doesn't connect with the American audience because it's too 'foreign' and there's not enough of the bickering that gets the ratings for reality teevee.

So I don't think it's logistical limitations that is forcing it to be a US only race. The way I see it, by limiting travel in the US and introducing more members, the producers are shifting the focus of the race from the locales and cultural gaps to intrafamily/interpersonal conflicts.

That's what passes for entertainment these days.

At 10/06/2005 4:59 am , Blogger mis_nomer said...

ooh.. lots of green stems.

At 10/08/2005 11:04 am , Blogger Tym said...

cour marly > I don't think they'd have a problem with planning the race. They should have their modus operandi down by now!

Anyway, for interest, here are some interviews with the co-creator and producer: first interview in 2003 & a follow-up interview in 2004.

coffeeshot > Yep, those are the asparagus and scallions.


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