How did I stumble across this?
I was emailing our landscape designer (Derek from http://www.facetdesign.com.au) about my new blog http://www.lot271.com, to tell him that I was about to write about the design he did for our new home, and he emailed back to tell me that he loved the idea of the blog, and that his wife had also started one ….
It is only fitting, in Australia, we have an alternative to traditional plum pudding … ice cream plum pudding.
I first tried this at my mother-in-laws house for Christmas a few years ago. I am not a big fan of traditional plum pudding (unless I smother it in custard and brandy butter – which is guaranteed to smother my body with the equivalent in fat stores!). But this version is absolutely amazing, and so much more appropriate for a southern hemisphere (hot) Christmas.
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I made this salad dressing on the weekend to serve on the garden salad with lunch. Our guests loved it and asked for the recipe … so here it is.
I must credit the ‘finding’ of this recipe to my parents (I’m not sure which one it was, so will give them both the credit). Mum always seems to have this in the fridge ready for anything that needs ‘dressing’. It is actually part of recipe (Warm salad of seared scallops, crispy potato cake and basil lime vinaigrette), they loved the dressing so much, they just make the dressing on its own now.
It will keep in the fridge for about a week to ten days, and is best removed from the fridge for a little while before serving.
I ordered Asian coleslaw (with prawns) in a Vietnamese restaurant recently. The response I got from my fellow diners was “I never would have thought of having coleslaw as an entire meal”. This surprised me because my amazing live in chef husband whips up an Asian coleslaw for dinner several times a month, especially in summer – and it is fantastic!
The salad has a very fresh flavour (it is not mayonaise based like the traditional coleslaw) with beutiful herbal aromas, it is ridiculously healthy and a great way to sneak some vegies into those that usually push them to the slide! (boyfriends, husbands and kids!).
But wait – there’s more… it is super easy to make, and doesn’t require any culinary expertise. What is brilliant about this recipe… if you don’t like prawns, make it with chicken thighs, if you hate chicken thighs (like me!), make it with chicken or pork mince – it is completely flexible.
Enough sales pitch chit chat, here’s the recipe…
One of my family’s traditions is my Mum’s famous prawn pate. Everyone goes into a feeding frenzy when she serves this up – it would be considered a crime in our household for Christmas and New Year to pass by without a fix.
This recipe could also be handy to use-up any left over prawns after your celebrations.