In 2003, the singer Kelis famously sang about how her “milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,” gazing seductively into the camera as she sipped the drink through a straw. The vague, euphemistic track peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and catapulted the artist into the spotlight. But five years later, Kelis took a break from the music industry to enroll at Le Cordon Bleu, becoming a certified chef. Last year, the singer released her debut cookbook, My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World, but there’s still one recipe fans surprisingly won’t be able to find in its pages.
“I don’t think I’ve ever made a milkshake,” the singer admitted to the Guardian on Monday, ending a 13-year cover-up. “I made a smoothie the other day that was really good—protein powder, spinach, orange, and crushed ice with a little bit of honey and coconut water. I’ll make you a Kelis smoothie next time you come over.”
The news is sure to leave thousands of fans with permanent trust issues. And while a “Kelis smoothie” is perhaps a healthy alternative to a milkshake, it’s hard to imagine many boys traveling to her yard for it. Still, the singer offered up some solid tips on cooking shrimp alcapurrias to help soften the blow.
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“It’s nothing like fish sticks,” she told the British Guardian. “The root is Yautía [cocoyam], that’s the casing. You shred a Yautía and stuff it with the shrimp and it’s almost like a dumpling kind of thing.”