Most discoveries happen by chance rather than by design.
Last night I was entertaining two Dutch people and was wondering
what to give them as they were on their way home and quite fed up
of our Indian food which can be too much for people not used to our
strong spices and copious amounts of food.
But cooking for them is always a problem because I never know what
they really like. I remember one Dutch man actually hated the smell
of coriander so much that he changed the hotel he was staying in because he was disturbed by the smell of fresh coriander which was sold by the vegetable vendor down the road!
Since most people these days are fussy about their calories, I decided to keep the meal largely fishetarian and concentrated on Prawn (which the foreigners simply love) and fish.
Prawns in white wine
Entertaining and cooking are difficult to manage at the same time, so I always look for recipes that can be made ahead of time. This particular recipe which I discovered on the net ( and tweaked majorly to suit my needs) can be made part in advance leaving the last minute addition of prawns to just 5 minutes before sitting down to eat as Prawns should never be overcooked.
If like me, you also have to cater to vegetarians, this dish is perfect in that you can cook most of it and take out some portion for the vegetarians before finishing it off.
You will need
- 1 kg deveined and shelled prawns . Keep the tails on for better effect
- 1 packet mushroom
- 1 green onion
- 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 1-2 tbspn olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- a dash of dry white wine
What to do
1. wash and pat dry the deveined prawns
2. Wash and pat dry the mushroom and slice them in half and again into thin slices
3. wash chop the green onion, keeping the green part separate.
4. In a skillet heat up the olive oil and add the garlic. Lightly brown and add onion. Continue stirring till onion is soft
5. Add the mushroom , stir and cook till mushroom turn soft.
6. When the mushroom is done, remove some to keep the dish vegetarian and sprinkle some chopped green onion before serving.
7. To continue with the Prawn dish, add the prawn, stir in the white wine and allow to cook uncovered till the prawns shrivel up and turn pinkish orange. Sprinkle the rest of the chopped onion greens and give it a good stir before serving.
This dish goes well with garlic bread and Fratelli’s dry white wine
- How To Make a Delicious Prawn Cocktail(redshed.co.uk)