Saturday, February 16, 2008

Prawns Flamed in Whisky with Red Pepper and Couscous Salad

35-60 prawns (5-10 per person, depending on size); shells and heads on olive oil

150 ml whisky

250 ml stoned black and green olives

6 cloves garlic, crushed

4-6 fresh red or green chillies, seeded and finely chopped

3 tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and chopped

Red Pepper and Couscous Salad 3 large, plump red peppers

Diet Start

500 ml water or chicken stock

50 ml olive oil

10 ml salt

500 g couscous

2 bunches spring onions, finely sliced (use green parts too)

1 bunch fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

Cut the prawns open down the back and remove the vein. Leave head and shells on; dry well.

Red Pepper and Couscous Salad: Char the red peppers all over under a hot grill until the skin blisters. Enclose in a plastic bag to cool slightly, then pull off the skins and scrape away and discard the seeds. Cut into strips.

In a medium saucepan mix the water or stock, olive oil and salt and bring to the boil. Stir in the couscous. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes. Spread in a tray and mix in the spring onion, pepper and half the parsley. Check the flavour; add a dash of vinegar if you like.

Mix the remaining parsley with the garlic, chilli, 50 ml olive oil and tomatoes.

Heat olive oil in a large pan or wok and fry the prawns until they stiffen, salt lightly, turn, pour in the whiskey and flame. Add the parsley and tomato/chilli mixture and cook for a further 1-2 minutes until prawns are done and the sauce forms. If necessary, add a little water to thin the sauce.

To Serve: Spoon couscous salad onto warm plates. Top with prawns, pour over the sauce and garnish with olives. Serves 6

... andjoyohoxing