Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time. This month’s secret: Fennel, Grapefruit and Shrimp Stir-fry.

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This month I was assigned Culinary Adventures with Camilla. I usually get unknown blogs as match ups on the Secret Recipe Club but this time it was a blog I already knew and was thrilled to have gotten. The blog is written by Camilla and let me tell you she is just a hoot. She describes herself as a “a tree-hugging, veggie-crunching, jewellery-designing mean mommy who loves to cook but hates to clean”. Can I ever relate with her on that last bit. And I have been know to make jewellery but it has been a while since I hugged a tree, as much as I love them ha ha.

Funny enough I also found out this weekend that Camilla is hosting February’s Food n Flix, a great group I also belong to where we watch a movie related to food and cook about it. She picked one of my top 3 fave food films, Babette’s Feast, so check it out and come join us.

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But back to SRC. Ah the monthly conundrum: what will I pick? Here are some of the contenders that almost made it: Wild Boar Rillettes because that is so unexpected, Nigerian Peanut Chicken Stew because I have a similar African recipe and would love to compare, or the basic gelato recipe which you can flavor up any way you want.

Finally I settled on her Shrimp-Grapefruit Orchid Stir-fry dish wish she offered up for a brunch post and I just so happened to be planning a menu for a late brunch at my place. It sounded like a refreshing dish compared to the other heavier ones on my menu. I did it minus the orchid and I substituted the dandelion greens for baby spinach. The stir-fry was delicious and very much enjoyed by all the guests.

Fennel, Grapefruit and Shrimp Stir-fry


  • 2 shallots minced
  • 2 fennel bulbs trimmed and thinly sliced
  • splash of olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp/prawns cleaned and deveined
  • 1 bunch baby spinach sliced
  • 2 grapefruits peeled and segmented
  • 4 scallions cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 2 T soy sauce


  • Heat olive oil in a large, flat-bottom pan. Cook the shallots and fennel until softened and beginning to caramelize.
  • Toss in the shrimp and cook until they begin to turn opaque.
  • Add the spinach leaves and cook until just wilted.
  • Remove from heat and season with soy sauce.
  • Stir in the grapefruit and scallions.