Who is the Shrimp Wizard?
Who is behind Shrimp-Magic?
Why was it created?
...And what are you guys trying to set me up for anywhow?
All legitimate questions, and if you've been stung or nearly so, in some internet scam, the last question is especially valid.
To a large extent, the answers to the first two question are the same. That's me, Jack Feka. A lover of both shrimp and magic from as long as I can remember (and that's a pretty long time!).
In fact, after I started putting together this web-site, I tried to remember which came first: my love of magic, or my love of shrimp.
In truth, I can't really say, but I can remember that the first shrimp which I ever ate as a boy on Canada's prairies was from those little 6 ounce cans of baby shrimp packed in salt water, and we didn't get them too often either because they were quite expensive.
The first shrimp dish I ever prepared was when I was 10 or 11 years old. It was very simple and still is a delicious treat. I don't even have a name for this recipe, but it's quick, easy and delightful still.
Here it is -- for one person.
- Open one 6 ounce (170 gm) can of shrimp, drain and rinse off brine.
Chop up one small green onion and put some of the greens aside for a garnish.
Melt two tablespoons of fresh butter in a saucepan over medium to high heat.
As soon as the butter starts to bubble, toss in the chopped onion and stir until they start to cook. Then add the drained shrimps, put on a dash of pepper and continue stirring until the shrimp starts to change color.
- Serve this over toast, sprinkling the rest of the onion greens over the shrimp. Enjoy!
I can't recall the first magic trick I ever learned but I continued to be fascinated with magic and used to spend all my allowance and spare time in magic shops until I became an adolescent and discovered girls. Then my time and money for magic started to diminish and my active participation in magic become less for many years ... but never disappeared.
Shrimp "pil-pil" one of my current favorites
Fast forward to the new millennium
I'd been involved in the internet almost from it's inception, dabbling in one web site or activity or another until I made a resolution in early 2008 to create a web site dedicated to something I really loved.
Just lovin' that shrimp
Following the advice offered by SBI (click here to read about my SBI Experience), I made a list of topics which really interested me. Magic and Shrimp were at the top. After quite a bit of soul searching, a look at what was available and missing on the internet, and my own capacity to do something, I finally chose Shrimp.
My next step was to find a suitable domain name which somehow encapsulated what my website was going to be about when somewhere, somehow, the name "shrimp-magic" popped up.
I asked myself. Could I really combine shrimps and magic? Could I do something with them both that would do justice to each one and yet -- possibly be even better though the combination?
Well, I finally decided it was worth the try, I registered the domain name and here we are.
I don't have any product or service to sell, but I wouldn't discount the possibility in the future of something such as a cookbook, a restaurant guide, or some kind of proprietary seasonings, magic tricks or gadgets. (That's in answer to the last question at the top.)
In the meantime, however, I'm going to have some fun with shrimp and magic, and I hope I can share my love of these two things to make shrimps a bit more magical for others too.
I hope you'll join me and, if at any time you want to contact me concerning either of these two topics, please don't be shy, there's a Contact link at the top of every page.