Prawns in a spicy coconut sauce

curried prawns in coconut milkDinner sorted! I love seafood…well I am from Seychelles so no surprise there!  Curried prawns and basmati rice one of my favourite…

For the boiled basmati rice

350g/12oz basmati rice

For the prawns
½ tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp salt
400g/14oz prawns, peeled and de-veined (the largest size you can find)
90ml/3fl oz vegetable oil
2 bay leaves
3 medium red onions, blended to a fine paste
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tsp salt
2 green chillies slit lengthways
75ml/2½fl oz coconut milk

Shellfish stock fish stock, if needed

½ tsp ground green cardamom

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

½ lime, juice only

Preparation method

For the boiled basmati rice, add 600ml20fl oz of water to the saucepan, then add the rice and  a pinch of salt. Cook on a low heat until all the water has disappeared. Place a lid on top and set aside for 20 minutes. If you have a rice cooker, just follow your usual measurement depending on the size of your rice cooker.

For the prawns, marinate the prawns with the turmeric and salt in a shallow dish in a cool place for 30 minutes to an hour.

Heat 60ml/2fl oz of the oil in a pan and add the bay leaves and onion paste. Fry gently for 6-8 minutes on medium heat, or until very light brown.

Meanwhile heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the prawns briefly for a minute or two. Set aside.

Mix the ground cumin, turmeric and ginger-garlic paste in 75ml/2½fl oz of water and add to the onions, reduce the heat and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring regularly.

Add salt, green chillies and the prawns and stir for one minute. Mix in the coconut milk and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or just until the prawns are cooked, adding a little shellfish stock if necessary.

Sprinkle over the cardamom powder and coriander and a squeeze of lime and serve with basmati rice.

Enjoy!

A short monologue on life and happiness

As a fan of Beyonce’s music I had to watch this short film she made about  life, happiness, and what it means to be Beyoncé. I think this is a very special video…intense,deep,moving and beautiful.

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“You know, everybody’s not good at everything. You know, it’s okay to depend on someone. It’s actually what we’re supposed to do. We’re supposed to depend on each other. And when you find the person that you trust and you love and you feel is going to respect you and take all of the shit you have and turn it around and bring out the best in you, it feeds you. It is the most powerful thing you could ever feel in your life. Happiness comes from you. No one else can make you happy. You make you happy.”

Watch the full film below

Think BIG

Jini:

I wrote this at the beginning of the year and it is still relevant to me now…I hope you are all pursuing your dream..Happy Sunday. Much love LBS

Originally posted on La Belle Seychelloise:

dream bigLooking back on my life, I am happy with how it’s turned out but there are things that I wish could have panned out differently. I am at a point in my life where I know who I am and what I stand for. Yes there have been many failures and mistakes, some of which I cringe just thinking about them! No woman is ever supposed to admit this but it is true and that doesn’t mean my life has been a failure. I merely call it diversion from the original plan. Although there have been some personal and professional reversals-like leaving my motherland and resigning at the height of my career to start a new life with my husband in UK-the joy of completing my MA in Communications Studies, working in TV, training as a media lecturer and leading a media department at a sixth form college, pursuing my dream…

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I am back with much love…

Well…my devoted followers who have been asking for me…It has been a crazy three months. I know you are probably thinking…yeah excuses!  I have been working on a couple of personal projects which I will share at some point, settled my daughter in her new secondary school, gave my blog a little face lift :)  and I spent a whole amazing week in Seychelles where I attended the most beautiful wedding! For now let me leave you with a quote which will be the topic of my next post.

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”
“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”