Easy Thai yellow curry with fish and prawns for Mother’s Day

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Recently events have transpired, things have happened and I have missed a heap of it, or at least maybe fallen a little bit behind in keeping you up to date with what is happening on my side of the proverbial fence. This is because I have been knee deep in the glorious metaphorical shit that is feeding the people who want the food. I love it though. I fricking love it. You know I love it. Why am I continuing on this weird monologue… fuck, I do not know.

Stop now Grazza, you’re going to scare them away…

One such recent event was Mother’s Day. Yes, that was quite recent. I was unsure if Mother’s Day was celebrated on the same date around the globe or if it was one of those “Queen’s birthday type events” that seem to be celebrated on different dates in different states and countries, yet all for the same Queen. Nope. My various insta-stalking had confirmed for me that it was Mother’s Day all over the place and all on the same day. Twilight zone shit right there.

With all of this Mother’s Day business all up in my (and the rest of the world’s) grill, there was no way that it was going to go un-noticed by Jennee so I would need to take the children to shops and stores in search of the ultimate Mother’s Day gifts to make sure that girl knows she is loved. And then there is the dinner. I asked Jennee for a hint or two, just something subtle, as to what she might like to be consuming on the evening of this seemingly world-recognised Mother’s Day, but instead she told me straight up; “yellow curry, prawns, seafood… like the one you cook… you know, my death row meal”. Seriously, this lady talks about her “death row meal” like she is seriously considering committing a heinous crime in the not-to-distant future.

Just in case, I did cook her a yellow curry and it did contain prawns and fish. She was happy and no crimes were committed on this evening.

This is a pretty simple curry to make but it really pays you back ten fold in the flavour depart. Do what you want with that information.

Get some of that coriander out of the tub and into the curry
Get some of that coriander out of the tub and into the curry

I made fish balls for our curry but I decided that chunks of fish would be better... that and I truly can't be assed writing out the recipe for the fish balls
I made fish balls for our curry but I decided that chunks of fish would be better… that and I truly can’t be assed writing out the recipe for the fish balls

I know it's a bit shit but I do like this pic
I know it’s a bit shit but I do like this pic

YELLOW CURRY PRAWNS & FISH (serves 6)

400g prawns, peeled and de-veined
400g firm white fish (cod or something similar is good), cut into thumb sized chunks
1 small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
2 tomatoes, sliced into 10 wedges
2x 400ml coconut cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
Juice of 1 lime
10 kaffir lime leaves
1 stalk lemongrass, bruised with the back of a knife
Oil for cooking
Extra chilli and lime, picked coriander, green papaya salad and steamed rice to serve

Curry Paste

1 brown onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, chopped
2 thumb sized pieces of turmeric, chopped
5 coriander roots, washed and chopped
2 dried long red chilli
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

• Blitz curry paste ingredients in food processer to form a paste
• Heat a good splash of oil in a wok or something similar. Add curry paste and move it around as it cooks out
• Once smelling fragrant add fish pieces, broccoli, kaffir lime and lemongrass. Fry for 2 minutes
• Add prawns and sugar and cook out for another 2 minutes
• Add coconut cream and cook out for 3-4 minutes
• Remove from heat and stir through tomatoes
• Check seasoning and adjust if necessary… a splash of fish sauce, a sprinkle of sugar or maybe the juice of a lime – you sort it out
• Garnish with the baby coriander that’s growing in the planter box on the verandah and serve with that good stuff I suggested up there a bit
• Eat, drink and rest assured in the knowledge that no major crime will be committed tonight

Jennee’s Sunday Spread… Mother’s Day

Happy campers in the VIP lounge at Lilianas. Colour co-ordinated and everything!
Happy campers in the VIP lounge at Lilianas. Colour co-ordinated and everything!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. If you do not know what that is then I daresay you would not have the ability to read this as you must have evolved from amoebas, or something similar, into a slug like person. So I am not going to bother about explaining it as I don’t care too much for amoeba slug people… too needy.

Jennee awoke to gifts bought with money as an indication of love from our children. Alas though, I was not there to cook her breakfast in bed (re: my job as a chef required that I feed all of the other mums out there on the busiest day of my working year). So she did what any self respecting mother would do on such an occasion; she got her ass into my place of work so I could cook breakfast for her there. Well done Jennee, that’s showing them you got brains I reckon…

I cooked for the hordes of hungry mothers that day, while Jennee played in the garden and marveled at her new butter dish and cock and hen salt and pepper shakers.

Upon returning home I cooked some more… for it was still Mother’s Day where I come from and I had a duty to perform… not that duty. Keep your mind out of the gutter for a bit please children. I needed to cook that girl some dinner. She wanted salmon so I got me some salmon as this seemed to be the smart thing to do at the time. I cooked that salmon with king prawns (on the faves list) and served it on a Greek-ish quinoa salad (another one of her faves) with a herby caper dressing (again, embracing the “Jennee’s Faves” theme).

All in all I did I pretty damn good job. For proof of good-ness of said job please check the following paragraph which I tore straight from the pages of Jennee’s diary… which I happen to know is hidden in her sock drawer just behind the bottle of 47% “mothers little helper”…

“Aaaaaah Mother’s Day… Or as I like to call it no arguments day! As this is the day that no child of mine shall incorporate me into any disputes between siblings. Granted it has ended in a mad max type “Thunder Dome” battle on the trampoline, but they still didn’t come crying to me, as they know the rules! I am the only human girl in the household (the dog is female but alas not human .. I do paint her nails from time to time though!), so needless to say, I don’t have a lot of sisterhood happening at Chateaux le Stockdale.. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t know what to do with a girl if I had one, I am at home with boys! On Mother’s Day though I feel they really shine, mainly because I spend the rest if the year explaining to them all the sacrifices I made to put them onto this earth, and how they had better be paying me back by lavishing me with gifts at every occasion!!! I should have been Catholic with the amount of guilt I can dish out!)

And lavish me they did… It started with gifts a plenty followed by a bang up, out of this world breakfast that saw me not eat at all until dinner!!? We had the VIP table at Lilianas for breaky… It was booked out but, although there are many cons to having a husband who is obsessed with food and cooking (some of which include not seeing him at any major hallmark event!), the pros totally outweigh the cons when we waltz into a full restaurant and can STILL get a seat!!!! The breakfast was divine. I gardened all day and then, after pulling a group of rag tag misfits together to cook on the busiest day of the year at the restaurant, Gray then came home and cooked me salmon for dinner – and it wasn’t even out of a can!!!! He is a keeper I tell you, but you can’t have him, he’s too good to me! Happy no arguments day ladies… Surround yourselves with boys and teach them the virtues of the treatment of mothers.” Jennee.

I couldn't go wrong with this combo
I couldn’t go wrong with this combo
Still life with seafood, butter dish and salt and pepper shakers
Still life with seafood, butter dish and salt and pepper shakers
The end product. The photo just doesn't do it justice
The end product. The photo just doesn’t do it justice

SALMON & PRAWNS, GREEK-ISH QUINOA SALAD, HERBY CAPER DRESSING (for 4)
4x 150g fillets salmon, pin boned (show your fish monger a cheeky photo of your sister and I’m sure he will do it for you)
12 king prawns, peeled and de-veined (your fish monger will probably tell you to do this yourself… no matter how many cheeky pics you show him)
• Season the salmon and cook, skin side down, over medium heat in an oiled pan. 3-4 minutes on the skin side (let it get nice and brown and crispy. Just remember brown is different from burnt) and then turn pan off, flip it over and let it finish cooking with the residual heat… 3-4 minutes should do the trick for med-rare. Take it out of the pan and set aside in a warm place
• Crank the pan up and sauté the prawns. 2 minutes should do the trick for those puppies
• Plate it up with the salad, a bit of fresh rocket from the garden and the dressing smattered (might be a word) over the fish and prawns

Greek-ish quinoa salad
2 cups cooked quinoa
½ red onion, bruniose
1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
1 continental/telegraph cucumber, halved through the middle, de-seeded and chopped
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
100g soft feta, crumbled
1 handful parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
• Mixy mixy

Herby caper dressing
2 tablespoons capers, chopped
½ red onion, bruniose
½ cup chopped dill
A few leaves of parsley and mint, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
• Mixy mixy

And Happy Mother’s Day Ma xx

My mum’s tomato, cucumber and onion salad

My mum is really neat

My mum is fantastic

I love my mum

She carried me in her belly for ages

That’s a pretty good effort

Happy Mothers Day ma xo

 

I think you’d agree excellent poetry is another feather in my cap… I really should stop putting all of those stupid looking feathers in my cap though. I look like the tuba player in an oompah band.

 

This is homage to my darling mother through the recipe for her famous (in our house) tomato, cucumber and onion salad

This would make an appearance at every Sunday BBQ we ever had. Along with its good friends, the potato salad and coleslaw. It is simple and tasty and has the potential to make the simple man look good. Actually, it’s no cure for stupidity but it still tastes damn fine. The secret is to dress and season it a bit before serving so all the juices of the salad ingredients get drawn out to help form the dressing. I put a bit of olive oil in mine just to jois (quite probably not even a word) it up a bit but I’m not sure if ma would condone my actions. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind a bit of parsley in there though…

Simple is a good word to go here
Simple is a good word to go here

 

...and here
…and here

 

It is truly at home sitting next to a nice steak, along side it's good friends, the potato salad and coleslaw
It is truly at home sitting next to a nice steak, along side it’s good friends, the potato salad and coleslaw

TOMATO, CUCUMBER AND ONION SALAD

3 ripe tomatoes, sliced

1 cucumber, sliced

1 onion, sliced

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

salt and pepper

a splash of olive oil