I can’t believe how close we are to Christmas! Where did the year go? I have been so busy organising food for everyone else who have booked me for catering, I haven’t given much thought to what we will actually be eating this Christmas. I love the idea of the whole feast – turkey, pork, lamb – any well cooked meat on the table with lashings of gravies, sauces and sides. I love the visual feast of a table groaning with food. It’s so special, so festive. It screams ‘indulgence’. However when you live North West of Western Australia like me, or any other ridiculously hot climate, the reality is it is too hot to fire up the oven and let it heat up the house. We want to eat light, easy to prepare food that requires little cooking. But it still needs to be special. I’m all for using the barbecue to cook, but when it’s over 40 degrees even that seems daunting.
My advice is to find some yummy meals that require little or no cooking, using quality ingredients that are in season and make you feel indulgent. I’m talking about fresh prawns, juicy mangoes, creamy avocadoes. They scream ‘summer’ to me, and are such a beautiful fresh combination when served with a spritely lime mayonnaise with a kick of Tabasco. Best of all, NO COOKING required! Look, if you really want to, buy the prawns raw and give them a quick sear on each side to cook them yourself, but if there is any time of the year you can buy great cooked prawns, it’s now.
I love this recipe because it makes a kilo of cooked prawns stretch so much further than if you just presented them on a platter for everyone to share. Plus, you’ve gone to some effort, made a dressing, and plated it up on a large platter which makes it look so much more appetising. The colours alone will make you want to dive in. If you want to go all out, serve them in pretty little glasses instead of one large platter. Add some wedges of lime for a finishing touch.
So give this recipe a try when you’re feeling like you need to beat the heat in the kitchen without skimping on something delicious and indulgent. Best of all, it takes no more than 10 – 15 minutes to assemble.
This will be one of the dishes on my table this Christmas. What are your favourite Christmas dishes to share?