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WARM ASIAN SALAD WITH PRAWNS CLEMENGOLD & NOODLES

July 2, 2010

 A WARM ASIAN SALAD OF PRAWNS, CLEMENGOLD AND NOODLES

I was one of five bloggers recently selected by Taste Magazine and Woolworths for the Clemengold Easy Peelers Bloggers Challenge. The mission……to create a recipe for the exclusive Woolworths brand Clemengold – a rather posh “naartjie” that peels very easily (and they really do!), have no pips (and they really doesn’t!) and are juicy, sweet and utterly delicious – in 20 minutes from prep to plating. I cannot begin to tell you lot how much I have enjoyed the last couple of days….my mojo has been found! He was hiding in the kitchen all this time the little devil, I kid you not! I was so surprised Surprised

On Wednesday the courier dropped off a supply of Clemengold and I set to work, eating a couple of them, savouring the divine taste and dreaming up taste combinations….what herb or spices would go with the taste, how would it taste with chicken? Fish? Which fish? Pork? etc.. etc.. etc…. I tell you it was exhausting!! Once I had sort of planned flavour combinations I then set to working out what dishes to make. Of course being me you can all guess what part of the meal I went to first??? Yesssss, dessert Embarassed……..my poor low GI plan went flying out of the window. But seriously, I have not had this much fun in the kitchen in absolute ages, despite having a mental lapse and grabbing the redhot handle of my greenpan without oven gloves to turn my tarte tatin over onto a plate!! OUCH!!! My poor hand is throbbing and rather painful. But fun was had and some tasty dishes have been created and tasted by yours truly, brownieboy and the other members of my family or friends who popped by. My little kitchen helper Tyler proved to be indispensible in a lot of ways but BOY!! Can that guy wash dishes…and he brings every one for me to inspect and admire his shining handiwork hehe!! And Jay? He just cannot get enough of the Clemengold fruit. Every time I turn around he is trying to sneak one out of the package and take a bite right through the easy peel HAHA!

So anyhooooo, what did I decide to make? Over the past 3 days I have made – Clemengold Pork Chops – absolutely deliciously yummy,  Ricotta & Clemengold Tartlets – so yummy my daughter took them all home, Clemengold & Star Anise Possets – sublime dessert I tell you, Roasted Beetroot & Clemengold Salad with Simonzola – what can I say other than delicous, earthy and full of flavour, Clemengold & Vanilla Bean Tarte Tatin made with Woolworths all butter puff pastry – brownieboy says absolutely the best tart he has ever eaten (he does not enjoy desserts that are too sweet so the tart citrus flavour did it for him), Oven Roasted Clemengolds with Vanilla Cardamom & Star Anise – stunning eaten warm with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and finally -the recipe that I decided to send in as my official entry to the challenge – a warm Asian style salad made with prawns, Clemengold, a delicious selection of veggies and hokkien noodles. The dressing is to die for. What a fantastic meal. The flavours just burst in your mouth and your tastebuds start singing opera I swear!!

As regular readers to my blog know, I had never tasted a prawn up until 4 years ago and I had never cooked them until a short year ago. I now love them and I cook with them as often as I can afford it. When we were up the West Coast 2 weeks ago we both gorged on some fantastic tiger prawns at a restaurant in Langebaan that had a special running on 2 nights of the week we were there. YUM YUM YUM!!

So then, on to my recipe and my official entry into the Woolworths Taste Clemengold Bloggers Challenge.

 WARM ASIAN SALAD OF PRAWNS, CLEMENGOLD & HOKKIEN NOODLES

From browniegirl – Kitchen Diary Blog

Serves 4

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Peanut oil for frying – about 30ml

400g Woolworths Hokkien Stir Fry Noodles

300g Ready Cooked Woolworths Garlic & Chilli Prawns

1 400g Bag Woolworths Ready to Wok Fine Julienne Stir-fry

5ml Woolworths Grated Ginger

2-5ml Woolworths minced Green Chilli

90g Sugar Snap Peas – washed and cut into halves

90g Fine Beans – washed and cut into halves

100g Baby Corn – cut into ¼’s

½ Bag (55g) Baby Spinach, washed & dried and roughly chopped

Few Enoki or Shimeji Mushrooms left whole

4 Woolworths Clemengold – peeled and cut into segments (no pith)

90g Butter Toasted Vanilla Cashew nuts

Few pomegranate jewels for garnishing

Chopped coriander for garnishing

Sprinkling of Black Sesame Seeds for garnishing

20g Salad (Spring) Onions – sliced on the diagonal for garnishing

Dressing:

  • 50ml Clemengold Juice
  • 10ml Verlaque Pomegranate Concentrate
  • 10 ml Hoisin Sauce
  • 10ml Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce
  • 5ml Runny Honey
  • 2ml Maldon Salt Flakes
  • Grinding of Black Peppercorns
  • 2ml Woolworths minced Garlic
  • 2ml Woolworths grated Ginger Root  

Method:

  1. Prick the packets of noodles, place into a microwaveable bowl and microwave on 100% power for 1-2 minutes then set aside
  2. To make the dressing place all the ingredients into a screw top bottle and shake well then set aside till needed
  3. Pour the oil into a wok, heat up over high heat then add the bag of julienne stir fry veg, peas, beans & corn and stir fry for 5 minutes
  4. Add the ginger and chilli and shake for a few seconds before adding the cooked prawns, mushrooms, and noodles. Heat through while shaking the wok to mix all ingredients together
  5. Add the spinach and then the Clemengold segments and shake again to toss through
  6. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with the dressing then garnish with the roughly chopped cashews, pomegranate jewels, chopped coriander, black sesame seeds and spring onions
  7. Serve immediately

This is not part of the challenge but I must just tell you how I made my absolutely delicious cashew nuts that I used as part of the garnishing for this dish. We are chomping on them all the time here Wink  

Place one packet (100g) of cashew nuts into a nonstick frying pan with a blob of butter and a very small pinch of vanilla seeds. Toss over high heat until the butter begins browning and the nuts turn a toasty brown. Add a small pinch of Maldon Sea Salt flakes and 1/2 tsp light brown sugar and continue to shake pan over the heat for a few more seconds. Remove from heat and allow to cool! 

I do hope that you will all try my recipe and give me feedback. If you cant manage prawns this would be great with either chicken or fish as well.

Have a great weekend,

browniegirl xx

27 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2010 10:08 PM

    Looks wonderful! Cant wait to try this!

    • July 5, 2010 11:09 PM

      Thanx so much Safeera. Much appreciated. Give feedback once you have tried it please :o) And please vote on the Woolies SA facebook page for me :o)xx

  2. July 2, 2010 10:16 PM

    Looks absolutely divine BG!!!! Lovely flavours. xxxx

    • July 5, 2010 11:10 PM

      Thank you Wendy. Please vote for me on the Woolies fb page xx

  3. July 2, 2010 10:28 PM

    This looks delicious Coll, and I’m sure it tastes SO good too. Lovely pic. Good luck with the competition!

    • July 5, 2010 11:16 PM

      Thank you Juno, the recipes are live on the fb woolies page now so you can go vote for your favorite. Thanx for the good wishes xx

  4. July 2, 2010 11:28 PM

    A veritable work of art, O Captain, my Captain! xxx

    • July 5, 2010 11:17 PM

      You are too kind dear groupie!! Thank you so much. Are you on facebook? You can go vote for mine if you are…xxx

  5. July 3, 2010 12:25 AM

    Browniegirl, it looks and sounds absolutely delectable. Thanks for sharing. The only thing missing were some beaded chopsticks 😉 wink wink!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/29463355/bamboo-beaded-chopsticks-or-hairsticks

    • July 5, 2010 11:19 PM

      Aaaaaah Beadz I had to have a giggle when I read this….I made about the same comment on your facebook page this evening and that was before I knew that this was here. Great minds and all that jazz :o) Thanx so much…for you I will make it with chicken :o) xxx
      PS Those beaded chopsticks of yours are absolutely stunning (as is all your work actually)

  6. July 3, 2010 12:30 AM

    May I just say that that is a superb photo! Which only makes sense as it accompanies a superb-sounding recipe.

    Glad you found your mojo back & all the best for the competition!

  7. July 3, 2010 1:35 PM

    It looks like a painting, wonderful Coll; rooting for you my friend.

    • July 6, 2010 12:12 AM

      Thanx my Cindy friend. What a lovely comment coming from you. Appreciate it greatly. Love xx

  8. July 4, 2010 4:29 PM

    I love the way you used citrus in this dish… Nice one!
    Robyn

    • July 6, 2010 12:14 AM

      Thank you so much Robyn… hope you going to vote in the competition. It is live now on the Woolworths facebook page xx

  9. July 5, 2010 3:38 AM

    Wow! I bet it tastes wonderful! I hope you win.

    • July 5, 2010 11:08 PM

      It did taste wonderful Supa! Thanx so much. Please go vote for me on the Woolies SA facebook page… :o)

  10. July 5, 2010 8:50 AM

    Talk about posh nosh! That is a wonderful creation. This is one tough competition.! Well done on your entry – and sorry about the hand (been there, done that, got the scars to prove it!)!

    • July 5, 2010 11:07 PM

      Thank you Rosemary, much appreciated. It is a tough competition. The hand is feeling much better, just parts of the palm and fingers are very very smooth hehe… 🙂 xx

  11. July 6, 2010 12:31 AM

    I love Asian food! My mouth is watering, m-m-m Prawns!

    Excellent photo, I love how you took it from above.

    • July 6, 2010 11:42 PM

      Thank you so much Toks, much appreciate your lovely comment. Im trying really hard with the photos. Still have to find time to read Big Boys manual so I can get the most out of him that he can give. xx

  12. July 10, 2010 4:01 PM

    Wow, this looks absolutely heavenly!!! I am so glad that you have your mojo back!! I am going to trythis for sure!

  13. July 12, 2010 12:40 PM

    Oh gorgeous! Love love the flavors. I am a huge prawn fan – and sadly cannot by fresh raw prawns here! And love clementines and think the flavor must be fabulous with prawns. This is such a winning dish. All the flavors are fab and together they look so delicious! All of your desserts sound fab too…

    • July 12, 2010 1:51 PM

      Thanx, the flavor combination was wonderful…use frozen prawns and just adjust the recipe. All the dishes I tried with the ClemenGolds were really good. I will blog more of them soon. I won the competition with this recipe BTW :o) Am looking forward to spending my gift voucher :o) xxx

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