Monday, January 25, 2010

Grilled Prawns with Ginger Mango Salsa



I think I'm passed through the "shocked" stage of losing my files and photos. I was surprised I didn’t panic but I could feel that my jaw dropped after learning about it. As I turned on my computer that day, the screen was blank and the only solution is to turn off the main switch. The computer shop says that my local area network has been damaged. Although they said they will try to save something from my hard drive, they couldn’t do anything at all. What happened to my computer is quite mysterious and with my limited computer knowledge, I have no idea what to do. What is gone is already gone and it’s time to do something new.


Cilantro, Basil and Mint

Now that I’m starting over to write and work with what I used to do, my brother in law suggested to have a back up through a portable hard drive or an online storage. But he says that another thing I could do is to open up two yahoo email accounts (because the storage is unlimited) and send the file to myself. It may not be the fastest way but at least the files would be there just in case something happens with the other. And when you’re traveling, you have your files with you anytime you want it. It’s not the best solution but I think it's good enough.



My brother has been harvesting a lot of mangoes lately in our garden and these are the mangoes that the squirrels love to eat. That’s right, squirrels and there are two of them. I think they traveled all the way from our neighbor’s house just to eat our apple mangoes. I just know they’re here when I see a clean mango seed on the ground the next morning. Sometimes we could hear them at night but we don’t want to mess up with these guys. If I were to sell these mangoes at the farmer’s market, I could label them as "ultra sweet". They are really sweet. They have to be eaten even while the skin is still green but with a slight pressure when you touch them.



I always love the combination of mangoes and prawns and the simplicity of this dish allows both ingredients to stand out. The mangoes impart a very fragrant and sexy aroma that is simply irresistible. They are quite addicting as well once you start eating them. For this salsa, I like to add ginger for some zing and chili oil that my brother bought from Thailand for extra kick. I also garnish the dish with some watercress for spiciness and freshness. At home, I tossed everything together, but this prawn dish is also a great and elegant first-course



Grilled Prawns with Ginger Mango Salsa

Makes 6 servings

2 medium apple mangoes
1-inch piece fresh ginger root
¼ cup cilantro leaves
¼ cup Thai or Vietnamese basil leaves
¼ cup mint leaves
2 tsp Thai chili oil, to taste
½ lime
unrefined sea salt, to taste

18 large prawns (about 1 lb)
3 mirin or rice wine
unrefined sea salt
fresh cracked black pepper

2 tbsp rice bran or grapeseed oil

2 cups watercress, to serve

To prepare the mango salsa, peel and dice the mangoes, peel and grate the ginger through a microplane zester. Next, mince the cilantro, basil and mint. Combine everything in a bowl and toss to combine. Add the chili oil and squeeze the lime juice. Season with salt to taste. Cover and set aside while you prepare the prawns.

To prepare the prawns, peel and devein the prawns leaving the tail intact. Place in a bowl and add the mirin and allow to sit for 10 minutes.

To cook the prawns, heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, dip a piece of paper towel into a bit of oil and lightly coat the pan. Then place the prawns into the pan and cook for 1 minute or so per side.

To serve the prawns, lay some watercress on a plate, top with 3 prawns and spoon the mango salsa on the side or on top. Serve immediately.

Notes:

Gluten-free; Dairy-Free

If you happen to have some extra prawns, why not make this Lemon-Coriander Prawns from Rouxbe Online Cooking School. It's actually my first video recipe. You won't regret trying this.

Love and light,



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42 comments:

  1. So sorry to heat about your files! I usually back up my pictures in an external drive now... Anyway, your prawn and mango salad looks super yummy! You are so lucky to have a mango tree!

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  2. Those mangoes looks so fresh and how lucky to have mango tree in your backyard.
    I am very surprised that you are over your shock and have moved on.
    So cheers to the future!

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  3. anything with prawns / shrimps is good for me and this looks like a winner! sorry about your files, happened to me once so now, I just burn them right away in CD so no worries whatever happens :) and i like your new watermark!

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  4. I feel like flying over to your place to enjoy all those sweet mangoes! They are my favourite. We used to have 4 mango trees back home that were loaded with mangoes when they are in season. Totally love this salad...my all time favourite. Prawns and mango is a great combination. I can eat that the whole day :P

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  5. So sorry to hear about your files! I work on a Mac, and have a time capsule set up to automatically back up my stuff. I like not having to think about it.

    This dish is full of color and bright flavors!

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  6. Looks absolutely delicious! Am drooling. What better than mangoes from your own backyard! Pictures are great!

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  7. I'm sorry about your files but you have such a delicious and beautiful dish to make up for it. I wish I could have some of that right now!

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  8. oh dear sorry to hear bout ur files..i have had some scares myself.

    that mango n prawns look soooooo delicious...ah sweet mangoes ...wht a treat!!!

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  9. Great combination of flavors and lovely photos. I like mangoes too but we can only get nice, sweet ones in the summer.

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  10. The prawns looks so lovely with the colorful and delicious mango salsa!

    I'm so sorry about your computer and the loss of files :(

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  11. I am so impressed that you are just forging ahead making beautiful recipes like this after losing all of your files - I would probably be in bed with the covers over my head! Or drunk. Or both!

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  12. such a amazing mix of flavours!and the photos are gorgeous!congrats!

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  13. Oh no! It's the worst when you lose files! I should do a better job backing them up too - so thanks for the reminder :)

    In any case, this mango salsa looks divine!

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  14. So sorry to hear about your files. That reminds me to do my back-up. Those pics of grilled prawns and mango salsa are so salivating!

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  15. Your photography just keeps getting better and better Divina...keep up the great (and mouth-watering) work!

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  16. This sounds so delicious! I am definitely going to make this soon! :)

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  17. I recently ate mango salso in a fancy and always wondered how they make it...I'll try yours and if it has similar taste. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Yummie, these prawns look terrific with mango salsa...nice color and full of flavor!

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  19. What amazing pictures! Mouthwatering! And I so love mangoes, I will definitely be making this one!

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  20. I love those mangoes. I am familiar with many types in the Caribbean, but have not come across those!

    Sorry to hear about your computer! I know that the experience can be upsetting.

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  21. WOW -- this doesn't just jump off the page, it hop, skips, jumps, and does a little dance, it's so colorful and vibrant! This makes me wish I was on a beach somewhere warm and tropical. It's pure sunshine!

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  22. I am stunned by the ripe orange flesh of the mango!

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  23. I am so sorry about your pictures and files. :( The pictures for this post are gorgeous though. Love ginger and mango together!

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  24. Glad that you can cope with the loss so quickly.
    This dish is so refreshing and colourful. Great dish for us down under here.

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  25. This looks yummy. I have a program called dropbox on my computer, it keeps files somewhere in cyber space and means that they can be accessed by me from any computer.

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  26. You are such a trooper, Divina ... getting right back to work, I can only imagine what you went through.

    It must be an out-of-this-world (in my part of the world) taste experience, tree ripened mango, ours, of course travel at length.

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  27. Anything with mango and shrimp and I'm sold. It seems like such a nice and light dish. yummy.

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  28. At first I thought the image of the peeled mango was of a lime and I was boggled by the idea of limes with orange piths! :) Great recipe!

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  29. Sorry to hear about your computer and all those files. I just bought a portable hard drive myself because my brother told me I should back up my files. Your dish looks really good. We have some mango here in Vancouver. Some are actually from the Philippines. I love mango salsa. Definitely goes well with the shrimp.

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  30. Ohhhh, I am having such massive computer issues lately, too. How frustrating for you. I did buy a cheap external hard-drive a few months back and backed everything up. Super paranoid.

    This dish is just magnificent. Such a taste of summer. We have a glut of mangoes here right now, and this would certainly be a welcome use for them here, I'm sure!

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  31. Oh this looks so great! I love prawns with just about anything. I like the sound of gingery mango salsa!

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  32. Thank you everyone for the comments. I'm sure you have experienced losing your files too. Thanks also for your suggestions about having a secure back up.

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  33. Wow Divine this salad looks amazing. Love the flavors.

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  34. Congratulations on your top 9 again, Divina! This is a fantastic recipe and I love it too. Mango & prawn goes well together huh!

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  35. Like your mango and prawn recipe! Your photography is first-class and really like the way you have laid out your blog. Best to you and your family!

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  36. I actually saw this on top 9 and was blown away by the bright colors and the beauty of the prawns! Man I can only imagine what these flavors must be, it looks so good I almost shamelessly licked my computer screen...almost. Hahaha great job Divina, really really nice composition and photos

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  37. The prawns look devilishously yummy with the mangoes! My two favorites combined and you made it so divine! You're blog is nice and informative, nice photos too =)

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  38. Divina, you have outdone yourself with this recipe! Oh my goodness, I am literally wanting to pull that prawn out of the computer screen and take a bite, wonderful! I will for sure make this recipe!!

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  39. Real sorry you lost your work. It's a nightmarish encounter for many.

    I envy the fact that you have your own mango trees. Really, I do. I'd love one of those, but somehow I don't think it would work in the UK :-)

    The recipe sounds good, simple, tasty, naturally so. I like prawns, but I'd be happy with just the mango salsa - looks gorgeous.

    Great photography too.

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  40. Hello,
    My name is Haley Destafino, I am the Associate Publisher of The Mountain Times, a weekly newspaper in Killington, Vermont. Every year we publish a summer and winter menu book which is a collection of the local restaurants menus. We look for colorful and seasonal photos for our covers and the photos you have are very appealing. I write to you in hopes of getting your permission to use one of them for this summer's menu book cover. We would gladly give you the photo credit and copies after it is published. You can see this winter's cover on our website, http://www.mountaintimes.info. I look forward to hearing from you. mtntimes@vermontel.com. Thanks for your time.

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