Monday, 12 July 2010

Spanish Victory from the Sea

As the Fifa World Cup 2010 came to a close on Sunday, there is a feeling of loss throughout the country. Not the loss of a soccer game (we dealt with that weeks ago), but the loss of the positivity and unity which the country has been bathed in for the last month.

I was sent an email with a link to Keep Flying the Flag. Keep Flying is a simple idea. An idea that matters. It believes that its all of our responsibility to fly the flag. Every South African Brand; Every South African, and to recognize what the flag symbolizes: Us, and our unity. It would be great to keep this feeling of invincibility which has come about over the last 30 days. 

So, back to the soccer. The Spanish are "Ole, Ole,Oleing" because of their victories. Spain are on a bit of a roll, with Rafa winning Wimbledon,  Alberto a firm favorite in Le Tour and now being crowned Soccer World Champions - what else is there? 

One thing the Spanish have always done well and that's seafood. Fresh BBQ prawns with lemons and paprika, all while soaking in the sun on Costa Del Sol. I think even a Dutch soccer player could force them self to enjoy that.

I made this Spanish inspired prawn dish ,which is better suited for winter, but still with enough summer freshness to keep the dream alive.

Ole Prawns with Butter Beans and Spring Vegetables.

500g Prawn tails (peeled)
1 Large White Onion (cut lengthwise)
2 Tins Butter Beans (drained and rinsed)
125g Sliced Mushrooms
125g Sugar-snap Peas
125g Baby Peeled Carrots
1 cup Spinach (shredded)
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
2 Cloves of Garlic chopped
1-2 green Chillies Thinly sliced (optional)
500ml Vegetable Stock

Fry the onion until soft.
Add the beans, the carrots, the mushrooms, the chili, the garlic and the paprika and stir to combine.
Add enough stock to make a sauce and cook until the carrots are just softening and the sauce is thick.
Stir in the prawns, the spinach and the peas and cook until prawns are done.
Add more stock to ensure you have a good sauce.
Adjust the seasoning to taste.
Serve with rice or fresh crusty bread.


Marisa said...

I'm definitely planning on keeping the flag flying - just hope the rest of SA is with me!

Prawn dish looks awesome - love the butterbean addition.

theonlycin said...

It looks absolutely delicious!

Nina Timm said...

I saw on FB that your son left today.....I think his biggest adjustment will be to adapt to hostel food after eating all the glorious meals you have been treating him with.....great food and BTW Rose did you notice how your blog's traffic have increased!!!

Kit said...

I agree - it would be great if we can all keep this positive feeling going in everyday life. South Africa has done itself proud !

Rose&Thorn said...

Marisa - I am definitely with you to keep it flying.

Cin - Thanks, it was wonderfully quick and comforting in this cold weather.

Nina - He's back to peanut butter and bread now! And yes I have noticed the increase in traffic. I learnt so much at the CTFBC about putting my blog out there - I can't believe the rewards.

Kit - I couldn't agree more. There are so many people who have come out and said they were so pessimistic about the WC and they are openly eating their words. I am proud to have been part of this step in SA history.

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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