Friday, 25 July 2008

First Dates

I went on my first real dinner date when I was 16. Thinking back on it always makes me cringe and laugh at the same time. He was the cleverest guy in the school, played first team rugby and was a real catch. The only problem was he had shocking table manners! I went to the toilet 4 times during the meal, just to escape watching him eat. Needless to say, that romance ended very abruptly - right after his father dropped me off at home!

This soup is definitely only to be eaten with someone you are convinced is your life-long partner. It is a "slurpy soup"! Totally delicious and remarkably filling.

Asian Fish Soup

½ packet Rice Noodles
Prepare as per packet instructions

Zest of 1 Lime
1inch piece of Ginger peeled and sliced
1.5l Vegetable or Fish Stock
1 Large Red Chilli sliced
15ml Fish Sauce
Juice of 1 Lime
2 Cups Calamari Rings
6 Large Tiger Prawns
1 Bunch Spring Onions finely Sliced
Salt to taste

Boil the zest, ginger and stock together for 20 minutes.
Strain and return to the pot.
Add the calamari, fish sauce and the chilli and boil for 5 mins.
Add the prawns and lime juice and boil until prawns are cooked.
Add the spring onions and turn off the heat.

To serve
Place some noodles in deep soup bowl and top with the soup.
Garnish with the prawn and a lime wedge.


justfoodnow said...

You're recipe is the first on my next list to try.

Just had to tell you about my first date @ 16. My beloved dad, now in heaven, decided that an afternoon matinee would be okay. I was dropped off at the cinema and allowed entry as soon as the poor boy had passed intensive scrutiny. Relaxing into our chairs I just happened to turn around, only to find my dad and little sis two rows behind me, smiling broadly popcorn in hand.

Even though I was livid at the time it has become one of my treasured memories.

Rose&Thorn said...

I love these kinds of memories. Aren't we lucky to have had Dads that loved us so much!

Jeanne said...

First dates - aaaah that brings back memories of movies and the Spur!! Love the soup though - both the flavours and colours.

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Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - Thanks so much for featuring me! I can see the hits are going up already!

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The Woman said...

Your fish soup sounds very interesting!

But I think I might have a tough time convincing TheHusband to try it - he's not a big fish lover...

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