Thursday, October 7, 2010

BBQ'd lemongrass and garlic prawns

WARNING: Whinge post! If you do not wish to hear whinging, stop reading now!

Gee- life really has been hectic lately. To be honest, it's been getting me down a little. I've been working away from home A LOT and I have only had two days in Brisbane over the last three weeks. This means lots of eating out, which is great, but not for these long periods of time! Sometimes, when I come home I feel like eating a bowl of steamed vegies every night for a week just to clean out my system! So many heavy breakfasts, morning teas, afternoon teas, conference lunches which are never anything special, but contain a lot of calories. And in general, WAY more alcohol that I would usually drink. I actually end up feeling super tired and my skin is awful, not to mention the havoc it wreaks with my digestive system. Too much info? Sorry!

Look, I know I shouldn't whinge too much, travelling is okay sometimes, it is a change of scenery and I do get to do some fun things (like lunch at Lakehouse thanks to my wonderful boss!), but three weeks is too long to be away. This isn't actually anyone's fault- it is just how things worked out. To add to the gripe, it's no secret that I'm not the biggest lover of exercise, but I was on a bit of rampage with my walking until I had to go away! I MUST get back into it when I get back!

There's also the nice little unexpected surprises in store when you are travelling that just throw you out of whack, like when QANTAS lost my luggage when I was travelling to Canberra last week and I was left without any clothes(thankfully I carry my toiletries on board) in the freezing Canberra weather. Great- even better was the horrible guy at the baggage counter who offered no suggestions, and didn't even give me a little bag with crappy Qantas pyjamas in it. Luckily Canberra now has a 24 hour Kmart and even if it was a 20 minute cab ride away, I have never been so happy to get my hands on a Kmart tracksuit, nickers and socks in all my life! Luckily the luggage was returned to me at 2:30 a.m. after a very anxious wait. 

Now the whinge is out of the way, I will add that I do actually really like the people I work with. There are difficult aspects of the job, and I'm not looking forward to the coming month with annual reports due, but my boss and the other people that I work with directly in the Brisbane office are fabulous. That's why I am going to be sad to leave them when my contract runs out early next year. I was employed for an initial two month period and ended up staying for two years, but the work that I was employed to do has now been done, so I'm pretty sure my contract won't be renewed, because at this stage, there really isn't enough extra work to justify having me on full time. So, I'm going to have to start looking around for a new job, a process I really hate. I will have to update my resume (who wants to do this for me ? PLEASE?) so if you hear of anything comms/pr/event ish that sounds great and doesn't pay pittance, let me know! I'm not even sure which field I would like to go in, so I'm pretty open. I work in what I guess you could call Science Comms at the moment, which is an area I NEVER thought I would be involved in, but have learned so much, and actually really enjoyed it, so I don't have any preconceptions. 
So keep your eye out for me tweeps and peeps!

Given all the travelling I have been doing, I haven't really been cooking much lately but thought it was about time I posted a recipe. In actual fact, this almost isn't a recipe because it is really so simple- so maybe it's more of a meal idea!

As the warmer months are approaching, I turn to the BBQ for inspiration. I like the charred flavours and I really enjoy cooking outside when the sun is shining. The other day, I knew we would be having an epic degustation dinner at Urbane, so wanted something light, but not too light to tide me over. I had visited the markets and bought some beautiful fresh seafood which included some green prawns and so decided to have BBQ's lemongrass and garlic prawns as a quick and simple lunch! They are something I whip up occasionally, but really enjoy them and hope you will too. 

500g Green prawns
4 cloves garlic (anything but the bleached garlic please!) finely sliced
2 or 3 stalks of lemongrass finely chopped
1/2 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper to season
Fresh rocket
Crusty bread to serve (optional)  

1. Peel the green prawns leaving tails in tact. Please remove the poo tube- it drives me crazy when people leave it in. Yuk. If you want to be extra fancy you can behead the prawn and the pull the intestinal tract out through that way, leaving the rest of the prawn untouched. Or if you prefer extra crunch you can leave the shells on- whatever Trevor!

2. Add lemongrass, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper to bowl with prawns. You can marinate the prawns for as long or as little as you like. A couple of hours always adds extra oomph but if you need to do in a hurry, there is more than enough flavour to cook immediately. 

3. If prawns have been in fridge, remove 15 minutes prior to cooking to bring down to room temperature.

4. Add the prawns and the marinade to the BBQ and cook quickly, taking them off as soon as the skin turns from translucent green to white and orange. They really don't need very long at all, and it's easy to tell when they are cooked. 

5. Serve with fresh rocket, a good squeeze of lemon, extra salt and pepper and some fresh crusty bread- and even some freshly chopped chilly if you like a bit of heat!

My friends and C really like these prawns so they are a nice dish to take along to a BBQ and super easy to prepare! I think I shall be cooking these little beauties a couple of times over summer.

When to cook: Summer or spring, when you are going to a BBQ and only have an hour to prepare but want to take something everyone will love.

So tell me readers, Do you like travelling for work, or do you also think it is less lovely than it seems?

4 fabulous comments:

Ally said...

Yum - that sounds so good! I know of a job that will be open - have emailed you.

And seriously - what is with the people who leave the poo in?? Weirdos.

SOL's view said...

I only get to 'travel' for work once a year, when the office relocates to the venue of our conference.

However, I get to organise plenty of travel for other people in the office!

I did hear of a vacancy a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure how they pay but I know they work you hard. It was on Seek for a conference management company.

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

I've never had a chance to travel as part of work except from a few conferences which I choose to go to myself. It's always seemed so glamorous to me, but I like my home comforts so I'm sure that I wouldn't like a job that involved lots of it.

And on another note - LOVE THE NEW BLOG DESIGN! =)

The InTolerant Chef said...

Love the new look! Next time you're stuck in Canberra, come visit me and I'll make you a nice home cooked dinner with lots of fibre! Good luck finding a new job, I'm sure the perfect one is out there with your name on it.

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