Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Prawns and Avocado Salad

1. Six medium sized fresh prawns
2. One just ripened avocado
3. A packet of mixed salad or vegetables of your choice
4. Quarter of an onion, roughly sliced
5. A wedge of lemon
6. Enough water to cover prawns

1. In a pot, bring water to a rapid boil, add prawns, when water reboils, turn off the heat, and cover pot with a tight fitting lid. Remove from stove and set it aside for about one minute. Prawns will turn pink. Do not let prawns overcook.
2. Shell some prawns but leave some with tails/heads intact. De-vein prawns.
3. Slice avocado in half. Using a sharp knife, gently tap into the seed, then with a twisting action, and remove the stone. Squeeze or rub fruit gently with lemon juice or lemon wedge to prevent discolouring.

1. Two tablespoons of creamy horse radish sauce
2. One tablespoon of caramelised onion
3. Two tablespoon EVO
4. One tablespoon onion oil
5. Pinch of sea salt
6. Freshly ground mixed pepper
7. Juice from half a lemon
8. Half teaspoon honey
9. Half stalk of spring onion and few stalk of coriander including stem. Roughly sliced.
10. Chilli flakes - optional
11. Mix well, taste and adjust seasoning according to taste

To serve
1. Toss salad ingredients gently with the dressing first.
2. Add prawns and avocado and toss lightly.
3. Serve immediately

I have a few pots of different herbs and will add into the salad whenever it takes my fancy.

Lamb Chops

1. Lamb chops - marinade with some light soya sauce, freshly ground pepper and rosemary. Mix well.
2. Two medium sized potatoes - slice into chunks
3. A clove of garlic - sliced
4. A pinch of fresh grated nutmeg
5. Three tablespoons of milk, double cream, light cream or what ever is available.
6. Knob of butter
7. A stalk of spring onion roughly sliced
8. Chicken stock or water, just enough to cover potatoes
9. Mint sauce

1. Marinade lamb chops for a minimum of twenty minutes or overnight.
2. Add potatoes, garlic, and a pinch of salt to chicken stock or water. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and cook till just tender. Strain potatoes in a colander, place potatoes back in pot. Add knob of butter, dash of white pepper, freshly grated nutmeg if used. Add milk, mash together till about smooth. Add spring onion and mash to desired consistency.
3. On a smoking pan, a drop EVO, swirl oil round pan, place lamb chops, do not crowd pan. Lamb chops cook very quickly. When slightly brown, turn over once. Cook other side for less than a minute, remove from pan and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
4. Serve on warm plate with mint sauce and vegetables of your choice.

The Spanish version is cut pathetically thin and it takes less than three minutes to cook the chops. Cooking time varies according to thickness of the cut.

I prefer mashed potatoes wee bit chunky as opposed to really smooth. If the potatoes are a bit dry after mashing, gradually add more milk/cream to desired texture.