Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Prawn Ginger Garlic Tacos

Prawn Ginger Garlic Tacos (0035) by Meeta K. Wolff

Quick dinners are my life saviour at the moment. We’ve been busily chugging along ever since school started. The ease of summer break when the days were relaxed and calm have gone. Instead it’s work, photo shoots crammed in between guitar lessons, swim practice, homework and school projects. During the week I slip into the role of a single mum as Tom’s current project has him in Amsterdam from Monday to Friday. Weekdays are packed, mostly with fun and laughter but there are tantrums and the stubbornness of a pre-teen that need to be fended. So sometimes I cannot wait till Friday comes around when I can hand over the baton of responsibility to Tom.

There are the occasional evenings when dinners resemble “feeding time", a quick bite then homework, reading time and bedtime … quick, hurry and rush! And as Soeren falls asleep upstairs in his bed, a busy and strenuous day behind him, downstairs on the sofa, I feel guilty for having to fast forward such an important aspect of our day - dinnertime.

Prawn Ginger Garlic Tacos (0029) by Meeta K. Wolff

Reminiscing back on my own childhood I cannot remember having any rushed dinners. I am sure we had the quick soup and sandwich evenings but I never felt any urgency in my parents demeanor. It has always been an important factor in my family and I value having the time to properly sit down to a meal with my own family. But I wonder - when did this time for a family meal become an expensive commodity?

We love talking and enjoy dissecting the day, updating each other on the highs and the lows, the good and the bad of the day. There will be jokes and giggles and plans for the weekend. I hate having to miss out on this precious time. So, on most weekdays I try to save time in the kitchen to have more time to sit and enjoy the meal with the family at the table. That does not mean I skimp on flavor or the quality of the meal.

Prawn Ginger Garlic Tacos (0038) by Meeta K. Wolff

Take these tacos - they are incredibly quick to make and have all the flavors of a tantalizing and appealing meal. Zesty, spicy and fresh prawn tacos - my little trick to keep us at the dinner table just a little longer. Time that is important for the family, to listen to what Soeren’s day was like, what his emotions, mood and thoughts are currently and to be able to attentively give him a feeling of security. It is important for me too. The time at the dinner table with the family grounds me and usually takes away the mental stress. So we will lay the table together, take out the place mats, napkins and set the table with plates, cutlery and glasses, place bowls of salads, pitchers of water and simply enjoy the whole process leading to dinner. 

Enjoy!

Recipe: Prawn Ginger Garlic Tacos

Printable version of recipe here

Prawn Ginger Garlic Tacos (0036) by Meeta K. Wolff

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 400g raw prawns, peeled
  • A glug of olive oil
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • Handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • A pinch of salt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • thumb size piece of ginger, minced
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon espelette pepper powder (substitute with smoky paprika powder)
  • 4 flour tortillas, warmed

Method:

  1. Make the salsa by tossing the avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, espelette pepper and lime juice together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and quickly stir fry till fragrant. Add the shrimp, cook until opaque and pink.
  3. Place a few shrimp onto a warm tortilla, top with avocado tomato salsa and fold together. Repeat with remaining ingredients and serve.

Verdict

Prawn Ginger Garlic Tacos (0036) by Meeta K. Wolff

I love the combination of the garlicky and gingery prawns paired with the slightly spicy and refreshing flavors of the salsa. The espelette pepper adds a wonderful peppery and smoky aroma taking the salsa to a new level. I hope you enjoy your time with the family at dinnertime … these tacos will have them glued to the table for sure!

Wishing you all a great week ahead and a relaxing weekend with the family!!

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13 comments :

  1. Quick, yet refined, healthy and scrumptiou! Your fresh, herby and summery tacos are perfect. Homemade fast-food simply cannot be beat.

    Gorgeous clicks, as usual.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Just the recipe I've been looking for. I'm back at Uni and have been lacking ideas for quick dinners. I'm sure my flat mates will love these too :)

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  3. These look gorgeous and sound like a fabulous change from the taco 'norm.' Now I'm hungry for more than this stupid turkey sandwich!

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  4. Yumm-o! I totally dig into these tacos for dinner, especially when time is the essence.

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  5. These look so appetizing ! so fresh and colorful ... gotta try them out.

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  6. Oh my do these look so damn good! I love shrimp but can't get them fresh raw which means we never get the chance to cook with them. But I love this quick meal, love the flavors so I have to figure out how to do it!

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  7. Such gorgeous tacos!! they look stunning...! Love the pictures

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  8. How many tacos do you calculate per person ? Sounds like 4 at least.....

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  9. it´s really Interesting to see ... thank you it's well done :)

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  10. Those tacos look incredible. It's a good think I'm not that great of a cook. I feel like if I had awesome recipes like these I would be unlikely to share them. I'd want them all to myself. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Your Tacos are like beauty-agents :) I wouldn't eat that delicate, angelic, talc-white tacos and sensuous shrimps plus rainbow tomatoes .... I would display them in my cabinet...forever!

    Thanks a ton for this healthy and insanely beautiful recipe.
    Pictures are picture-perfect, as always :)

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In the meantime I hope you enjoy your stay here and that I was able to make this an experience for your senses.

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Meeta