Fish Pie with Prawns and Cheesy Leek Topping

Fish Pie with Prawns and Cheesy Leek Topping 300ml thin cream 500ml milk 450g firm white fish fillets 225g smoked fish fillets 175g cooked peeled prawns 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped 50g plain flour 3 tablespoons chopped parsley Cheesy Leek Topping: 1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks...

Spaghetti with Garlic Butter, Bacon and Prawns

Photo by Julie O’Malley Spaghetti with Garlic Butter, Bacon and Prawns Serves 4 60g unsalted butter, softened 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped basil, plus extra to serve 400g spaghetti 1 Tbsp olive oil 4 bacon rashers, chopped 500g green prawn meat, roughly chopped...

Indonesian-Style Fried Rice with Prawns and Chilli Peanut Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Indonesian-Style Fried Rice with Prawns and Chilli Peanut Sauce Serves 4 2 cups (400g) long-grain rice 1 fresh red birdseye chilli, finely chopped 2 Tbsp lime juice 2 Tbsp kecap manis (see notes) 1/3 cup (55g) toasted peanuts, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup (80ml) peanut oil...

Spaghetti with Garlic Cream Prawns

Photo by Julie O’Malley Spaghetti with Garlic Cream Prawns Serves 2 About 20 raw prawns, peeled, deveined, tail on or off Approx 6 cloves of fresh garlic depending on size – crushed 2 spring onions chopped (approx half a cup) 1 cup chopped mushrooms 2 rashers shortcut bacon, finely...

Langostinos Salteados (Sautéed Prawns)

Photo by Kelli Langostinos Salteados (Sautéed Prawns) 1kg large prawns 50ml oil 2 Tbsp chopped onion 1 clove chopped garlic 50ml dry sherry 2 Tbsp tomato sauce 1/4 tsp thyme pinch salt and pepper chopped parsley 1. Peel the prawns, leaving heads and tails intact, dry them. 2. In...

Creamy Garlic Prawns

Creamy Garlic Prawns 750g uncooked prawns 1 large clove garlic 1 cup chicken stock 2 tablespoons white wine 115g butter 1 tablespoon flour 1 cup cream 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1. Heat butter and crushed garlic in a saucepan. 2. Add the flour and stir...

Thai-style Mango Salad with Griddled Prawns

Thai-style Mango Salad with Griddled Prawns Prep and cook time: Up to 30 mins Serves: 4 20 large, headless tiger prawns 4 skewers 1 thumb-sized piece fresh ginger, grated 20g pack fresh coriander, chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 4 tablespoons fresh limejuice 3 tablespoons olive oil 1...

Curried Prawns

Curried Prawns Preparation time: 20 minutes Total cooking time: 10 minutes Serves 4 1 kg uncooked medium prawns 40g butter 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 Tbsp curry powder 1/4 cup plain flour 2 cups milk 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp paprika 1 Tbsp sherry 1....

Honey Prawns

Honey Prawns Serving size: Serves 4 750g large uncooked prawns cornflour for dusting 1 cup self raising flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups water 1 egg, lightly beaten oil for frying 1/3 cup honey juice of a lemon 1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted # Peel and...

Saucy Barbecue Prawns

Saucy Barbecue Prawns Serves 4 1kg green king prawns, shelled and deveined but tails left on lemon wedges and parsley sprigs for garnish Marinade: 1 tablespoon cornflour 2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce 1 tablespoon white wine or cider vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons tomato sauce 1 clove garlic,...

Speedy Stir-Fried Prawns

Speedy Stir-Fried Prawns Serves 4 1 kg green king prawns 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1/4 cup cornflour 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 4 spring onions/shallots, sliced 1 plump clove garlic, crushed 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger 4 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon...

Prawn and Egg Scramble

Prawn and Egg Scramble olive oil spray 1/2 medium onion chopped finely 175g school prawns cooked 2 eggs 1 Tbsp milk salt and pepper to taste pinch of cayenne pepper 1 Tbsp parsley chopped finely 4 stuffed olives halved # On low heat spray oil in pan and gently...

Scampi Butter

Scampi Butter Makes about 3/4 cup 3 large cloves garlic, peeled 1 small shallot, peeled 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley leaves 1 Tablespoon lemon zest 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature Dash cayenne or paprika In a food processor or by hand, finely chop...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – P

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z paella: a Spanish rice dish originating in the town of Valencia. There are hundreds of recipes for paella, all claiming to be authentic....

Cook’s Encyclopedia – K

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z kaffir lime leaves: aromatic leaves of a small citrus tree bearing a wrinkled-skinned yellow-green fruit; used fresh or dried. kahlua: a coffee-flavoured liqueur....

Cook’s Encyclopedia – D

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z dacquoise: a cake made of nut meringues layered with whipped cream or butter cream. The nut meringue disks are also referred to as...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – B

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z baba: a small cake made from enriched yeast dough, often flavoured with candied fruits, and soaked with a rum or Kirsch syrup after...

Basic Creamy Sauce for Vol-au-vents

Basic Creamy Sauce for Vol-au-vents 60g butter 2 Tbsp plain flour 1/3 cup milk 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/3 cup cream 1 Tbsp mayonnaise 2 tsp chopped parsley salt, pepper Melt butter in pan, add flour, cook few minutes, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in milk, blend until...

Italian Seafood Casserole

Italian Seafood Casserole Serves 4 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 400g can chopped tomatoes grated rind and juice of 1 lemon 450ml fish stock 1 Tbsp tomato puree 2 tsp caster sugar 500g pollack, haddock or hake, skinned and cut into large...

International Glossary

A abiu = luma = caimito = aboi aboi = abiu = luma = caimito all-purpose flour = plain flour arugula = rocket aubergine = eggplant B baby squash = pattypan squash baking soda = bicarbonate of soda besan flour = chickpea flour bicarbonate of soda = baking soda...

Avocado and Prawn Salad

Avocado and Prawn Salad The dressing and prawns can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge. Slice the avocados at the last minute as they tend to discolour if prepared too far in advance. 2 ripe, but not too soft, avocados 200g fresh cooked prawns, shell on,...

Grilled Prawn and Calamari Tarts

Grilled Prawn and Calamari Tarts Serves 4 8 sheets filo pastry 2 tablespoons olive oil 12 green prawns, peeled, deveined and butterflied 12 calamari rings 4 to 8 scallops, trimmed Tomato Salsa: 125g snow peas, trimmed, blanched and finely sliced 4 Roma tomatoes, finely chopped 1 small red onion,...

Garlic King Prawn Kebabs

Garlic King Prawn Kebabs Serves 4 16 large green king prawns 8 teaspoons olive oil 1/3 cup dry white wine 4 plump cloves garlic, crushed Chives or fresh tarragon leaves for garnish 1. Shell and devein the prawns. Leave tail fan and last segment of shell on. 2. Mix...

Garlic Scallops

Garlic Scallops 500 g scallop flesh 1 medium sized onion, diced finely 4 to 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped or crushed 1 tablespoon olive oil 100 ml pouring cream 4 spring onions sliced Chinese style (on an angle) a splash of white wine (50 ml) 1 tablespoon finely...

Spicy Thai Prawn Curry

Spicy Thai Prawn Curry Prep and cook time: Up to 30 mins Serves: 4 1/2 x 5ml spoon ground cumin or if using a whole seed, then pound or crushed 1 heaped 5ml spoon ground coriander or (if using a whole seed then pound or crushed) 2-3 fresh whole...

Spicy Seafood and Noodle Soup

Spicy Seafood and Noodle Soup Laksa Paste: 3 cloves garlic 2cm fresh ginger 1 lemon grass stalk 6 coriander (cilantro) plant roots 2 fresh red cayenne (hot) chilli’s 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 2 Tbsp peanut oil Soup Base: 12 raw large whole tiger or king prawns 24 fresh mussels,...

Crisp Fried Wontons

Crisp Fried Wontons 6 dried shiitake mushrooms 125g prawns, peeled, deveined and finely chopped 250g pork mince 1/2 cup finely chopped water chestnuts 6 spring onions, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 2 teaspoons sesame oil 3 teaspoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons rice wine 40 wonton wrappers vegetable...

Seafood Burritos

Seafood Burritos Serves 4 1/3 cup (80ml) oil 70g butter 2 cloves garlic, crushed 3 small red chillies, seeded and chopped 250g scallops, cleaned S00g medium raw prawns, shelled and deveined 500g salmon fillet, cut into small pieces 4 flour tortillas 2 1/2 Tablespoons plain flour 1/2 cup (125ml)...

Curried Seafood with Coconut Milk

Curried Seafood with Coconut Milk Serves 4 225g small ready-prepared squid 225g raw tiger prawns (jumbo shrimp) 400ml (1 2/3 cups) coconut milk 2 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded 30ml (2 Tbsp) Thai fish sauce 450g firm white fish fillets, skinned, boned and cut into chunks 2 fresh green...

Open Spicy Prawn and Tomato Pies

Open Spicy Prawn and Tomato Pies 1 tomato, finely chopped 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander 12 small cooked prawns, peeled and deveined 1. Combine tomato, onion, tomato paste and coriander. 2. Spoon out evenly into Pie Maker. 3. Make...

Creamy Seafood Pies

Creamy Seafood Pies 1 tablespoon olive oil 200g green prawns, peeled, veins removed and chopped 150g boneless white fish fillet, diced 20g butter 1 tablespoon flour 2/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 teaspoons chopped fresh dill 1. Heat oil in Frypan. Cook prawns and fish for 2-3...

Seafood and Spinach Mornay

Seafood and Spinach Mornay 500g fish fillets 125g scallops 45g butter 3 tablespoons flour 3/4 cup milk 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup cream 60g cheddar cheese salt, pepper 4 shallots 60g butter, extra Spinach Rice: 1 cup long grain rice 5 spinach leaves 1 onion 1 clove...

Prawn Fried Rice (Com Chien)

Prawn Fried Rice (Com Chien) Serves 4 4 cups cooked rice, chilled 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 egg, beaten well 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped garlic 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion 12 medium raw prawns, peeled leaving tails intact, and deveined 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon...

Perfect Fried Rice

Perfect Fried Rice 50 mL peanut oil 3 eggs Leftover boiled rice, cold (aprox 2-3 cups) 1/2 cup small prawns, shelled and deveined 1/2 cup shallots, finely chopped 1/4 cup peas 200g char siu (Chinese BBQ pork), diced pinch salt pinch white pepper pinch sugar 1. Whisk the eggs...

Simple Fried Rice

Simple Fried Rice Serves 4-6 2 cups/440g long-grain rice 1 tablespoon sesame oil 4 rashers bacon (chopped) 1 clove garlic (crushed) 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger 1 red pepper (chopped) 1 carrot, cut into thin strips 250g uncooked prawns (shelled and deveined) 60g frozen peas 4 spring onions...

Fresh Rice-Paper Rolls

Fresh Rice-Paper Rolls 1/2 pkt rice noodles 1/2 kilo cooked and peeled prawns rice paper bunch mint fine sliced lettuce (optional) snow pea sprouts (optional) * Soak noodles in boiling water until they are soft, drain and rinse under cold water. * In a frying pan or other large...

Fresh Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

Fresh Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls Serves 4 100g vermicelli 1 pack rice paper 2 lettuce leaves, shredded 8 cooked prawns 100g bean sprouts 1 bunch Chinese chives 1 large carrot, julienned 1 bunch mint 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce 1. Soak vermicelli noodles in hot water until softened. Drain...

Har gau

Har gau 150g green prawns, diced 1/4 cup bamboo shoots, diced 2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 2 teaspoons cornflour pinch salt pinch sugar 1/2 cup corn flour 2 tablespoons rice flour 1 tablespoon potato starch boiling water # Combine all ingredients...

Vol-au-vents

Vol-au-vents Serving size: Serves 6 With a savoury filling, vol-au-vents (the name means “puff of wind”) make a popular entree, or, served with salad, they can be a satisfying light lunch. The recipe given here makes 6 cases. Repeat pastry recipe to make 12. Made in smaller size, they’re...