f$kken prawns!

ok, so this is very unusual for me, but today, just in time for a hot johannesburg weekend (ok, sorry for you if the sun’s decided to boycott where you live), in homage to my friend and author rachel resnick’s new blog, the art of boiling water, as well as to wikus, favorite souf effrican icon, i am sharing my favorite grilled chili prawn recipe.

i have never been in a great cook. in my previous life in l.a., i ate most of my meals in restaurants, with only the occasional pasta dish or steamed salmon being cooked in my kitchen. joni mitchell has a song with classic lyrics: i’m a  pretty good cook, i’m sitting on my groceries, come up to my kitchen, i’ll show you my best recipes…”  uhm, yeah.

anyway, since moving to johannesburg, i’ve had to start cooking, seeing that paying a restaurant for every meal was no longer an option – though i tend to make the same things over and over: chicken curry, ground chicken chili, beetroot, rocket and feta salad, ostrich goulash, in summer, the occasional braai snoek, etc. somewhere over the past few years, i stumbled upon this particular recipe. wish i could tell you where i found it, but i scrawled it down on a piece of paper  as a list of ingredients with n0 instructions other than to grill at 180 degrees… yet, everytime i make it, i have people licking their fingers as well as the bowl, which was the case at my friend deon’s birthday party a few weeks ago.

so if you’d like people vocalizing vociferously while licking their fingers and maybe even yours, try this. and do let me know if you do!

disclaimer: of course, if you’re allergic to shell-fish, i’d advise you to abstain. as awesome as this recipe is, anaphylactic shock is not so much fun.

GRILLED CHILI PRAWN RECIPE

125G BUTTER

10ML CRUSHED GARLIC

1TBSP TOMATO PASTE

5ML RED CHILI PEPPER FLAKES (i used 1TBSP AMINA’S  FISH AND PRAWN MASALA bought at seven seas fisheries on beyers naude)

1/2 TSP BLACK PEPPER

SALT

25ML MAYO

25ML CHILI SAUCE

15ML LEMON JUICE

MIX ALL THE ABOVE.

MARINATE 1KG SHELL-ON, DE-VEINED QUEEN PRAWNS IN ABOVE MIX (for at least 1/2 hr, maybe even an hour. i mixed everything and shoved the tray into the cold oven to marinate)

GRILL AT 180 DEGREES. DO NOT OVERCOOK. NEXT TIME I’M GOING TO TRY COOKING THEM ON THE STOVE TOP.

as my friend rachel says, if i can cook, so can you.

the home stretch.

ok folks, it’s official. i am entrant #119409 in the National Women’s Day Totalsports Ladies Race 10km Run – August 9th, 8a.m.. i’m signed and paid up – now all i have to do is actually show up and do it!

unfortunately i can’t say that my running program’s been particularly successful lately. after i managed 8k’s i just couldn’t get it together to get to the track for 2 whole weeks. ok, so i did go to the gym in that time, but i didn’t manage to do any long runs. when i finally made it to the track yesterday, it was swarming with high-school kids and their trainers. it seems track season is upon us. it was a little distracting sharing the track – i’m so used to being alone in the inside lane and i had to stick to the third lane because of the sprinters.

it was a rather unspectacular outing. i think i must be getting used to running on the treadmill because i was having trouble with lower leg pain like i haven’t had since i first started at the track. i eventually only ran 5k’s at a dismal time of 36.08″, but then i did go to the salsa class at the gym immediately after.

can i just digress here for a moment and talk about breast pain? OMG! as i get older the monthly fluctuations in my cup size (and the accompanying pain!), just seems to get worse! i think it’s this bad this month because i’ve started eating chicken again and i’ve heard that lots of places use hormones in the feed, which means i may just have upped my estrogen intake as well. the pain got so unbearable, that even though i wore 2 sports bras in order to run on monday, i was forced to take 2 advil just so i could go to sleep that night. the irony is that since watching dr. 90210, i start thinking about how big my breasts are in terms of cc’s (a minimum of 500 this month)! scary!

anyway, today i did a quick 20 minutes on the treadmill (about 2.5k’s), part of which i walked because my premenstrual mammary glands were killing me with every step. i eventually tied my sweater around my chest just  so i could run for at least a little while.

i followed my run with an hour of tai-chi which was pretty cool. i used to attend classes here in johannesburg with beautiful, amazoniam liz van heerden, an excellent sifu who teaches both chen and yang style, but it got too difficult to get to class what with my studio schedule. now i occasionally catch a class at the gym. at least i’m starting to cross-train again. 

anyway, time to get serious! back to the couch to 10k plan. i can do this!

wish me luck!