I convinced my self to have 1 week without red meat. The worst punishment for a total carnivorous me…

Peri peri chicken, chicken stew, fish soup, Sole Meunière, spaghetti with porcini mushroom etc… They are all very tasty and in a normal week I am cooking all this (and more) variety anyway… And you must remember that I am totally fixated with seafood.

BUT when I can not eat meat I realized, I dream, I fantasize meat…

Ah must give you the other little detail about this semi detox; on top of no meat, NO ALCOHOL!
No happy hour cocktails in the pool after an over stressed work day, no glass of ice-cold Sauvignon Blanc for my sole meuniere, no my beloved Shiraz with Graziella’s creamy gorgonzola… (in fact no gorgonzola either…)

What a torture!

When the week came to an end I meant to throw a little bbq party, a braai as we say in this land.

I invited some friends including a very good friend of ours, in fact my first and best friend since I moved in SA.

Sent the sms and received one back immediately, “count me 2”. She is divorced for a year and never know that she was dating someone… I suppressed the urge of calling her for an interrogation, instead I stayed mute. That little trick is fool-proof! It works with any and every women that I know. She called me presto and gave me a little summary about this new man in her life and she is almost considering moving together…

Moving together? How long do you know him? A week? A month? Have you lost your mind? No I did not say what I thought but said “how wonderfulll, I am looking forward to meeting him!” Then she said “Ah one more thing… He adores food and he is pescaterian!”


Did I change my mind about “the red red bloody juicy cave woman’s menu”? NO!!! Rump steak, I am craving!

But I edited it to new Mr. So Right’s favor, and added this:

Thai Marinated Prawns with Shiitake Mushroom On the Skewer

3 cloves of garlic, crushed and finely chopped

1tbs grated fresh ginger

1 chili, finely chopped

2tbs chopped coriander

2tbs chopped spring onion

2tbs lime juice

1tbs soy sauce

1tbs fish sauce

1ts toasted sesame oil 

Thai marinade is also delicious as a salad dressing if you add a spoonful of rice vinegar.

This ingredients are good for a kilo of medium size prawns. Let’s say  20 – 24 prawns, so 20 – 24 of shiitake mushrooms to have an even number on the skewers.010


Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and set aside to marinate for an hour or two. Line them on skewers and cook on the fire until the prawns turn pink.

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After planning the prawn dish I had to add a steamed jasmine rice to the menu. Oh and sprinkled my rump steak with little crushed chili and add a small piece of crushed ginger and garlic while resting on the counter to reach the room temperature. A little Asian touch to bind the whole menu together. Sautéed pak choi did the job on the green side. The dessert, Strawberry and crème fraiche sprinkled with crystalized lime zest, I must say was nothing to mention with capitals… I was not craving for dessert after all.

I can hear you asking about the new guy…

Well I need more time to get use to the idea of an outsider in our little close circle I suppose… But he definitely loves his food, knows his wine, treats my friend with utmost care. That’s all A+ in my book…


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