Why Katy's Barking Gecko ?!

I love to travel, I love to cook and to try new recipes...

After returning from yet another trip to South Africa I browsed one of my Food Magazin subscriptions and

we started to envision how it might be to have a small, a very small restaurant. Somewhere in Australia or

South Africa.
Maybe 4 or 5 tables.
To be in the kitchen wearing t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops cooking for fun and nice people....

Doesn't that sound great ?!
We even came up with a name: Katy's Barking Gecko

Well there is no restaurant (so far....), but heaps of favourite recipes.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Prawns in Sesame and Honey Sauce

I just love Asian cuisine and was looking for something simple and light. Fortunately I found these Prawns in Sesame Honey Sauce.


2 spring onions
3 tablespoons dark sesame oil
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
125 ml rice wine or dry sherry
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 piece of ginger walnut-size, sliced
400g large peeled and deveined shrimp
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
150g mange-tout

Fry the sesame seed in a pan without oil.

Mix Sesame oil, soy sauce, sugar, chilli sauce and sherry (or rice wine) in a large bowl.
Stir to make a marinade.
Add garlic, ginger, the white of the spring onions and the prawns, cover and let marinate for at least one hour.

Put the vegetable oil in a frying pan, pick the prawns out of the
Marinade and fry in the pan for about 4-5 minutes.

Put the marinade through a sieve, add the liquid to the
Prawns and boil till it gets a syrupy texture.

Cook the mange-tout in salted water for about 5 minutes.
Mix with the roasted sesame seeds, the prawns and sesame honey sauce.

Serve with French bread, a green salad, glass noodles or basmati rice.
(I personally prefer the French bread....)

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