Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Garlic Tiger Prawns/Shrimp and my First Italian Feast

.If you recall, on my last post I mentioned I had been asked to cook for30 plus guests over a weekend-long birthday party.



This involved cooking a Saturday Lunch of  5 Italian Courses, a Pizza Dinner and a Sunday Lunch of numerous fish courses and dessert.

But let me tell you more, for this was no ordinary weekend!

It was Maggie's 70th Birthday party.
Maggie is my lovely boss.
A tower of strength, an inspiration and a true pleasure to have worked for.

Me and Maggie on the day! Just look at her smile!!
Now what makes Maggie even more special is the fact that, apart from being able to smoothly run the school, she also manages to run-so to speak- the most beautiful Country house in the heart of the mountains in Emila-Romagna, I have ever seen!

And although I do not have a picture of the house I do, however, have a picture of the view from the kitchen window and you can just imagine what an experience it was to cook looking out to this view.
So on with the party.
All the guests were family or life long friends of Maggie's and what a truly lovely, warm and welcoming bunch they were!
They had a wonderful time and were very keen to tell me how much they'd enjoyed the food.
All in all they made the experience truly memorable.

Still, what made it all the more special for me, was seeing Maggie, walking into the kitchen, when it was all over, with such a warm and genuine smile of happiness and contentment.

Only then did I feel I had done a good job!

And in true Foodie Blogger style, lets talk menu.
I have to say I started cooking on the Friday night and literally did not stop until Sunday afternoon. No lunch breaks, no rests, short sleeps.
Was I shattered? Very much so! Did I love it? Every second of it, and would definitely do it all over again!

I have to say I couldn't have done it too, without my assistant's help who did all the washing up and clearing up!!
You know who you are and how grateful I will always be for your undeniable support.

But I digress! Yes, the food!

For Saturday Lunch we agreed the guests should have a full-on Italian experience.

And such was the MENU:
Campari Fruit Punch
With Antipasti
Parma Ham and Honeydew Melon

 THE STARTERS
Risotto Alla Milanese
 Lasagna Al Ragu
Tortellini
Creamy Baked Spinach and Potato Pasta
MAIN COURSE
Barbecued Chicken
With Mediterranean Salad
And Homemade Bread (Baked in a Real Pizza Oven)
For DESSERT
Fresh Fruit Salad
And the Birthday Cake!!
VIGNOLA CHERRIES AND CREAM CAKE
On With Saturday night!
And we wanted to make full use of that gorgeous pizza oven in the garden, so what better way to celebrate a Saturday night than with Homemade Pizza!!!
And to round it all off, Fresh Fruit dipped in Chocolate Fondue
And Sunday was my biggest challenge yet, a variety of fish courses!

It was a buffet style meal. The food placed on a big table and the guests just helped themselves.

For the STARTERS
Fresh Tuna Kebabs
Calamari
Seafood Kebabs
And Today's RECIPE
Garlic King Prawns

For the Main Course
Fresh Grilled Tuna
Barbecued Fish
All served with a variety of salads and homemade breads, pictures of which, unfortunately I have none.
But on with the dessert which was a huge success.
Baked Bananas in a Cinnamon Syrup with Fresh Cream
Now, if you have managed to get this far on the post, after so many words and pictures, it's because you really want this recipe, so I think you more than deserve by now!
But before I get on to it, in order to prevent any boredom, if  you would like the recipe for any of those meals, just drop me a line or I might even post one of them here and there, every now and again!

So, just for you, loyal reader, here is the recipe for those yummy Garlicky King Prawns!

GARLIC TIGER PRAWNS/SHRIMP
INGREDIENTS
Serves 2 generously

4 cloves of garlic
250mls of good quality white whine
200 gs of butter
500gs of raw shelled prawns -or de-shelled, depending on taste but they should be raw as they will absorb more flavour
2 whole lemons

DIRECTIONS

1. Melt the butter in a frying pan on a medium heat until it starts to foam
2. Peel the garlic and place the garlic clove-whole- in the butter and fry gently for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the garlic when golden.
3. Pour the wine into the butter and turn the heat to medium-high.
4. Add the King prawns/shrimp and cook for 4 to 6 minutes until they turn a nice deep pink.
5. Remove from the heat and squeeze a whole lemon over them
6. Slice your other lemon and serve the Prawns/Shrimp with the lemon slices.

I can't begin to tell you how popular this dish was with the crowd so I do hope you give it a try.

Just before I go, I would like to say a Very BIG THANK YOU to Mitchy for taking all the pics here. There's no way I would have been able to, otherwise! 
So thank you, Mitchy, so very much, for taking the time and trouble to shoot all the food!!
 

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12 comments:

  1. My goodness, that is the most amazing array of food - I can't believe you cooked all that. And for Italians, too. I'd be terrified! Well done you! :D

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  2. Welcome back and may I say its great to see such gorgeous wonderful food and big smiles here love this post, food is amazing lucky lady you did a fabulous job!!

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  3. If my kitchen had a view like that, I'd spend a whole lot more time in there.

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  4. What an incredible feast! Everything looks fantastic!

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  5. You did that? All of that? And lived to tell the tale? Oh my - but this is grand. I'll start with the shrimp... what did you do with the tortellini? And that cake? But first, I shall play with the exquisite shrimp!

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  6. A lovely & great feast for the eyes & senses!! Waw!!

    A lovely party too!

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  7. Oh my goodness, I would have needed at least two months to recover from all that concentrated cooking. so glad you're back to share with us your amazing inspiration. Can't wait to try this recipe.

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  8. wow what an amazing spread you should be so proud of yourself and you are too cute in the first snap love it would love it if you would consider being a guest on my radio show email me
    rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

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  9. I thought I commented on this already! Old age and forgetfulness? Perhaps I was too in awe of your prolific and astounding cooking skills? Yes that must be it. Have missed you!!!

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  10. what a fabulous array of dishes! I mean, truly splendid. From the giant loaves to the tortellini in brodo (a personal favorite) to the campari fruit punch, there's so much to love. However, the view from the kitchen window is the shot I keep coming back to, not just because of the cat sneaking in behind the flower pots, but because it makes me wonder if I'd ever manage to cook anything if that were my kitchen. I feel like I'd just spend my days looking out of the window while everything around me went stale! super, super post, and congratulations on making all that wonderful food! I hope those you fed were suitably appreciative!

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  11. I don't believe how much work you put into that weekend all by yourself! Tell me you had help with the food, not just the dishes and clearing up. OMG, it all looks amazing! Well done to you. Italian cuisine is my kind of feast :)

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