The weather is turned into hot summertime now, nobody wants to spend much time cooking and hot meals can be traded for something light and fresh.
I tried this one tonight and it was a real winner!
Marinated Shrimp Salad
2 green onions, white part only, cut into thin slices and separated into rings
1 heaping Tbl capers
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of one lime
1/4 cup good quality olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 firm avocados, chopped
1 lb frozen peeled and deveined shrimp, the size is up to you.
In a large shallow bowl, combine the onions, capers, garlic, lemon juice, salt and olive oil. Add avocados.
Fill a pot with water and bring to a rolling boil, add the shrimp, bring back to a boil and cook about 30 seconds. Drain and transfer to the marinade.
Serve with toasted garlic bread.
This one means another trip to that stinky Asian market on the other side of town. (Btw, the smell is not from spoiled food, it is a combination of some of the herbs and seasonings they use combined with shrimp flavored everything.)
Looking for a hot soup for a cold and rainy day, I perused the usual cookbooks, nothing sounded interesting. I broke out the Asian cookbooks and found this that sounded interesting.
Northern Prawn and Squash Soup
This comes from Northern Thailand
1 butternut squash (I got what was called “pumpkin” at Cho Saigon Market. Apparently, they call any large, yellow flesh winter squash “pumpkin” and next time I cook this, I am SO going to get the pre-cut butternut squash cubes. If you have ever tried to peel and chop a winter squash, you know what I mean.)
4 cups vegetable stock.
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 3/4 oz dried banana flower (I never found this, it turned out good anyway)
1/2 lb raw medium shrimp (prawns), peeled
1 Tbl fish sauce
Small bunch fresh basil
Cooked rice, to serve
4 oz scallions, sliced
10 drained bottled green peppercorns (I didn’t find this one either, I substituted 1 tsp capers for the tart and briny and some black peppercorns, cracked, for the peppery)
1/2 tsp serrano or 2-3 Thai peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 tsp shrimp paste
Peel the squash and cut in half. Scoop out the seeds and discard then cut into cubes.
Make the chilli paste by pounding the ingredients together in a mortar and pestle or in a micro food processor.
Heat the stock in a large pot and stir in the chilli paste. Add the squash, beans and banana flower. Bring to the boil and cook for 15 minutes.
Add the fish sauce, shrimp (prawns) and basil. Bring back to simmering and cook for 3 minutes. Serve in warm bowls, accompanied by rice.
This serves 4. Depending on how much rice you add, it can be stretched a bit further.