Regional produce pickings may be slim in drought-ridden south Texas, but the groceries haven’t skipped a beat in stocking their shelves and bins with imported fruit and veg. And there’s never a shortage of fresh Gulf shrimp!

A working lunch: zucchini-potato gratin with garlic crostini and cheese wedges.

P1020071A messy and contented supper: shrimp po’boys with angry mayonnaise and lemon-wedged Franziskaner