Prawn Laksa: My Asian Kitchen – Jennifer Joyce

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Images and recipes from My Asian Kitchen by Jennifer Joyce, Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99 Photography by Phil Webb, Illustrations by Riley Joyce

 

Malay cuisine is a mash-up of local Chinese, Thai and Indian influences, which makes their soups, curries and noodles dazzle with exotic spices, creamy coconut and hot chillies. What distinguishes laksa paste from red curry is the use of nuts. Traditionally it’s candlenuts, but they’re tricky to source so I use macadamias. p. 56

 

prawn laksa

Prawn Laksa

SERVES 4 AS A STARTER OR 2 LARGE PORTIONS

PREP 15 MINUTES COOK 20 MINUTES

6 macadamia nuts
1 tbsp vegetable oil
75 g (21/2 oz) yellow or red curry paste
250 ml (81/2 fl oz) chicken stock
1 x 400 g (14 oz) tin coconut milk 2 whole star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
3 tbsp tamarind purée
2 tbsp palm sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp lime juice
150 g (5 oz) green beans,
chopped 200 g (7 oz) large raw prawns
200 g (7 oz) thin rice vermicelli
100 g (31/2 oz) pineapple
Large handful each chopped coriander (cilantro) and mint leaves
Pickled red chilli and shallots (see page 52) and crispy fried shallots, to serve

 

Using a mortar and pestle, crush the macadamia nuts to a fine paste.

In a large saucepan, heat the vegetable oil and add the curry paste and crushed macadamia nuts. Turn the heat down to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Pour in the stock, coconut milk, spices, tamarind, palm sugar, fish sauce and lime juice. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, then add the beans and prawns. Simmer for 2–3 minutes and remove from the heat.

Pour boiling water over the rice noodles and leave for 2 minutes or until soft.

Cut the pineapple into 2 cm (3⁄4 inch) batons.

Divide the noodles among four large bowls and ladle the laksa over. Top with the pineapple, chopped coriander and mint and pickled red chilli and shallots. Serve with crispy fried shallots.

NOTE

The taste of this soup relies on using good stock, so it is worth making the Master Asian chicken stock (see page 77). If you’re short on time, make the stock in a pressure cooker. It takes about 30 minutes and you end up with stock that would normally require at least 2 hours to cook. You can also use a good-quality bought chicken stock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thai Prawns with Coconut Milk and Seaweed: The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book- Dr Clare Bailey

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Extracted from The Clever Guts Diet Recipe Book by Dr Clare Bailey with Joy Skipper, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99  Photography © Joe Sarah

 

 

Thai Prawns with Coconut Milk and Seaweed

Simple to make and packed with health-boosting antioxidants.” p.141

Serves 2

 

140g green-pea pasta (or wholemeal pasta)

150g broccoli, broken into florets

3 tbsp coconut oil

½ red onion, sliced

2cm root ginger, grated

½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (or ¼ tsp chilli flakes)

200ml coconut milk

Juice of 1 lime

½ tbsp Thai fish sauce

2 nori seaweed sheets, chopped

2 00g prawns (fresh or frozen, defrosted)

Generous handful of fresh coriander, chopped

 

  • DAIRY-FREE
  • GLUTEN-FREE
  • GOOD FOR PHASE 1
  • 700 calories

 

Thai prawns with coconut milk and seaweed

 

  1. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.
  2. Steam the broccoli for 4-5 minutes and set it aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes. Add the ginger and chilli, cook for 1 minute and then pour in the coconut milk, lime juice, fish sauce, seaweed and prawns.
  4. Bring the pan to a simmer, then add the broccoli and simmer for 2 minutes more before stirring in the pasta with the coriander. Serve immediately.

 

Prawns are high in protein, low in calories and a good source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron and selenium.

Post Script: Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen: Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner to Cook at Home – Gordon Ramsay

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Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen: Delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner to cook at home

Gordon Ramsay

Hachette Australia

Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781473651432

 

Description:

‘If you think you can’t eat as well at home as you do in a restaurant – think again. I’m going to show you how to cook stunning recipes from Bread Street Kitchen at home.’

GORDON RAMSAY

From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, this is a collection of 100 fresh new recipes from Gordon Ramsay and the award-winning team at Bread Street Kitchen. Like the restaurant itself, the book is all about relaxed and sociable eating, using fresh ingredients, simple techniques all delivered with the signature Gordon Ramsay stamp so that you know it’s going to be good.

Recipes include Ricotta Hotcakes with Honeycomb Butter – perfect for a weekend brunch, Sea Trout with Clams or a Crispy Duck Salad for a weekday supper. For a weekend get together, get things off to a good start with a Bread Street Kitchen Rum Punch and Slow Roast Pork Belly with Apple & Cinnamon Sauce, followed by Pineapple Carpaccio with Coconut Sorbet or a super indulgent Coconut Strawberry Trifle.

 

My View:

I think this is very possibly the best all round cook book of the year! Full of contemporary soon to become classic recipes; easy to make at home, delicious and colourful meal choices.  There is something here for everyone. I particularly likes the sections on breakfasts – Get Going and Brunch – suggestions such as Bircher Muesli, Avocado and Toast, Smoothies, Spicy Scrambled Eggs, French Toast, Ricotta Hotcakes…the list goes on. I find that most cook books do not give due consideration to the important meals, breakfast/brunch.  If I am going out for a meal breakfast  (if out early) or brunch  can be a truly remarkable, fresh and enjoyable meal – I look for menus that serve something  little different to just “Eggs All Day.”  Breakfast out can be such a unique experience if one is open to new idea or fresh approaches.  I like to transfer these type of fresh approaches to my home cooking. What meal out do you enjoy the most?

 

This book is more than just breakfast and brunch ideas. I also love the section “Food For Sharing”.  Sharing a meal you have prepared or dishes to share is one of the most heartfelt ways to demonstrate your caring side, to engage your community (family, friends…whoever is special to you). In this section e have Flatbreads, Focaccia, Venison Scotch Eggs, Spiced Prawns, Broad bean, Spinach and Mint Dip And more.

 

The Big Weekend meal plans also get the thumbs up from me – again this new tradition is rapidly becoming a normal part of our contemporary lifestyle – meals to make when you have time to indulge in the slow cooking or when you have time to experiment with ingredients or recipes that are new to you, meals to share.

 

I could go on and on but I won’t. Get the book and start experimenting and sharing. It feels so good to share food you have prepared! This is a five star book that has easily earned a place in my cook book library.

 

 

Prawn Tagine And Buttered Couscous -David Herbert’s Best Home Cooking – David Herbert

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Recipe from David Herbert’s Best Home Cooking by David Herbert with photography by Brent Parker Jones, published by Lantern rrp$39.99

 

Prawn tagine with buttered couscous

Serves 4

 

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Prawn tagine and buttered couscous

You can make the basic tagine mixture ahead of time if you like, and add the prawns just before reheating and serving. Taste as you

go and add more chilli if you like things spicy. For the couscous you can use fish stock instead of the water, or alternatively make a quick prawn stock by simmering the prawn heads in 3 cups (750 ml) water for 15 minutes, then straining.

 

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 onions, roughly chopped

2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 2 teaspoons grated ginger

1 teaspoon ground cuminteaspoon ground turmeric1–2 teaspoons crushed or ground sumac 1 × 400 g tin crushed tomatoes

½ teaspoon granulated sugar

½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes

bulbs fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced

24 medium raw prawns, peeled and

1 tablespoon roughly chopped coriander 1 tablespoon roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley

deveined, heads removed

 

Buttered couscous

1¾ cups (350 g) couscous

400 ml boiling stock or water 25 g butter

2 tablespoons olive oil salt

 

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook the onion forto this stage.
  2. 3–4 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, chilli and sumac and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, sugar and fennel and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until the fennel has softened. The recipe can be made ahead
  3. To make the buttered couscous, put the couscous in a large heatproof bowl and pour over the boiling stock or water. Cover with a tea towel or plastic film and leave to soak for 5 minutes. Uncover the couscous and fluff it up with a fork. Heat the butter and oil in a microwave or small saucepan over low heat until the butter has melted, then pour over the couscous, stirring to coat the grains. Season to taste with salt.

 

Meanwhile, add the prawns to the fennel mixture and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Scatter over the coriander and parsley and serve with the buttered couscous.