It's been a few weeks! A busy few weeks. I had a bit of a break and went down to the South Coast of NSW for a few days with a group of friends. I'll be covering that in a future post. I also managed to get down to Tasmania for a week but that was strictly business-helping out a friend on a project. I was also in the States for a few weeks and managed to see all sorts of extreme weather. Major snow on the East Coast and continuous rain in Southern California. I finally make it to Sydney only to discover more rain. It's so humid and tropical here at the moment. I know I repeat myself all the time but man is it sticky! Taking a walk makes me break out in a complete sweat!
There was no way I could be bothered cooking anything in this stifling heat. When I spotted some beautiful "cooked" prawns at the market the other day, I knew I wanted them. I enjoyed them "au natural" with a light squeeze of lemon juice and even in a quick salad with some lettuce, Greek oregano and olive oil. Nothing fancy really. However, for something a little more substantial and satisfying I made a sandwich by adding a dill mayonnaise to the prawns, some crispy, cool cos lettuce and some juicy tomatoes that are everywhere at the moment. I chose a chewy ciabatta roll to encase the filling and it was perfect. It was the kind of sandwich where you take a bite and the mayo dribbles down the side of your mouth and covers your fingers. Accompanied by a cold glass of beer-and I was set!
(N.B. The "secret: here lies in the quality of the mayonnaise and the herbs. I used a good store bought one but if you feel adventurous go ahead and make your own. You may also wish to substitute other herbs if you prefer)
- A big handful of cooked prawns
- 2 tablespoons of good quality mayonnaise-I used "Thomy" brand
- 1 teaspoon of chopped dill
- 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
- A good squeeze of lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cos lettuce that has been washed, dried and cooled in the fridge
- 1 tomato thickly sliced
- Ciabatta style rolls
- chopped dill and chives to garnish
- Combine the mayo, herbs , lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl.
- Add the prawns and stir thoroughly.
- Slice your ciabatta roll in half and begin with cos lettuce, then the tomatoes and lastly the prawns and mayo mixture.
- Garnish with extra dill and chives if desired.
- Serve with a cold beer!