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Asian Inspired Prawn and Rice Noodle Salad


Quick, easy and tasty lunches have become a regular feature from the kitchen.

With no desire to eat additive filled, mayonnaise dripping shop bought sandwiches, it has become an evening ritual to make the next day’s lunch.

This Asian Inspired salad can be prepared in under ten minutes, and is extremely versatile, using whatever is in the fridge.

The dressing can be tweaked to your balance. It is the old classic of sweet, sour, spicy and salty. Play with the ratios of each for your preferred balance.

This will work equally well with left-over roast chicken for instance.

Asian Inspired Salad


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Pork and Prawn Spring Rolls


Spring rolls are easy to make, if you have a spare hour to two. Once you get into the swing of rolling the filling, it can become quite enjoyable - honest!

At £3 a pop for 6 from the supermarket, these infinitely more tasty and delicious spring rolls are a complete bargain! It also good to know you have used top quality ingredients and no MSG.

I like my spring rolls meaty but at the same time zingy - so I incorporate Kaffir Lime Leaf alongside the chilli and lemongrass.

The spring roll wrappers are easy to come by these days (definitely nor worth making!!!) - I have noticed Waitrose and Sainsbury’s occasionally sell them. I prefer to get them from
Thai Smile.

I hope you make these and enjoy Happy

Originally served with
Spicy Thai Minced Pork.

Pork and Prawn Spring Rolls : Enjoy


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Sesame Prawn Toast


Sesame Prawn Toast are simple to make - if you can make toast you can almost certainly make these!

If you are averse to frying, then place the Sesame Seed topped toast on a lined baking tray and cook for 25 minutes in the oven at gas mark 6.

It is staggering to think of the cost that the supermarkets charge for these delights. I use half a pack of peeled Tiger prawns for the toast, and the remainder goes to the Spring Rolls. (I generally make the two Chinese sides together, so that I only have to clean up once, and rid the house of fried oil smells!). This means for weeks to come, we can pull out a few nibbles from the freezer and chuck in the oven when we get peckish!

Do not buy the small jars of sesame seeds - you will spend a fortune. Instead, pick up a large packet from
Holland and Barrett or other seed and grain health stores.

This recipe requires no cornstarch or MSG, the egg white provides all the binding agent that you will need.

Delicious with a sweet Thai chilli dipping sauce.

Originally served with
Spicy Thai Minced Pork.

Sesame Prawn Toast : Close Up of Toast

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Crab and Scallop Stuffed Ravioli with Spicy Prawn Bisque


I was watching Masterchef last week and they were making stuffed ravioli for the quarter final. It reminded me of this dish I made for a future boss and his wife a couple of years ago. The beauty of the dish is that it can all be made in advance at your convenience. Cook the ravioli when ready to serve, and warm the bisque through - not hard
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Being a Bank Holiday weekend and what with the weather being cold and not inviting to jump, I had extra time to play in the kitchen. This is not a particularly difficult dish to make, although it is made significantly easier by having a pasta machine and a ravioli cutter. The stuffing has a fantastic fresh flavour from the crab and tarragon. You will need a pasta cutter, but a rolling pin will suffice for the pasta.

The spicy prawn bisque is amazing, a wonderful voyage of flavours. The prawn bisque with the brandy adds depth and the star anise wows the tastebuds. When you bite into the ravioli, a wonderful sea fresh taste is received followed by the aniseed.

Only homemade pasta will do for this dish. It cooks in under 2 minutes, keeping the scallop slices tender and delicious.

Crab and Scallop Ravioli : Close Up


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Seared Scallop and Prawn Stir Fry


An incredibly quick and very tasty mid week dinner idea. I had just come in from the gym, and needed to rustle up a quick meal for the household.

As with any stir fry, preparation is the key to making this dish work. Make sure that you tackle the dish by cooking the noodles, chopping the vegetables, make the dressing and cleaning and preparing the shell fish. By the time the noodles are cooked, you should be ready to get cooking.

Cooking the dish is very simple, keep stirring, keep the heat high and follow the method listed.

I seared the scallops and prawns in a separate frying pan, so that I could control the heat and cook the shellfish with appropriate care!

A super delicious Asian inspired seafood treat!

You will love it!

Scallop and Prawn Stir Fry : Close Up


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