Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 1: Prawn and avocado salad

I remember when i was a kid, i grew up watching the occasional cooking shows that they air on TV3 or NTV7. One that really sticks to the back of my mind is "Yan can Cook" by Martin Yan. With a hilarious accent, he bastardize chinese recipes to make it simpler for Americans to understand and accept. That being said, he wasn't all that bad because he does show off quite a few fancy knife tricks but the best part is his tagline at the end "If Yan can cook, so can you!"

Well because of that line, i have been inspired to introduce a "Joe can cook!" series. 

After all, living in a foreign place with no income yet, eating out is certainly not cheap. Every meal has to be converted to RM to make me feel that much guilty. There's also the extra disadvantage of not having your mom around to cook for you at home too. However, Melbourne is blessed with great produce, with a market that can be considered quite sparkling clean compared to Malaysia, the last resort (which is really not that bad) means you have to cook.

For someone who knows how to eat more than he cooks, if Joe can cook (without any explosions in the kitchen), certainly can anyone out there reading this.

So i thought for starters, we will involve just a pot and a stove.

Ingredients required:

1. Prawns (peeled, either buy peeled prawns or peel prawns before cooking); an individual portion should be around 150-200 grams
2. One Avocado (ripe)
3. Salt and Pepper
4. Mayonnaise (Japanese preferred, if not your usual preference of full fat or low fat mayo)
5. Half a lemon


1. Boil water and season with salt. Throw prawns in boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until the colour of the prawn has entirely changed into an orange hue. Drain water and rinse with cold water to prevent further cooking. 
2. Once prawns have been rested to a room temperature, mix with mayonnaise, lemon, salt and pepper. Base the taste on your personal preference, less creamy or more creamy.
3. Chill your prawns in the fridge for one hour.
4. Cut your avocado into slices and arrange on plate.
5. Plate everything and eat. Can be served on toast as well.


Doesn't it look gorgeous?

You know you want some.

So there you have it, a simple salad that is easy to make and it proves that Joe can cook!


J said...

So when are you gonna start your own TV show? :)

"Nipple Joe Can Cook" sounds more catchy though, I think. :P

Ivy Isabelle said...

wow... looks yummy and u made me feel hungry!!

qwazymonkey said...

I think an appropriate title for your TV show would be "My Nipples Can Cook, So Can You!"

Life for Beginners said...

I second Qwazymonkey's new title for your cooking show. Imagine the HIGH RATINGS!! :P

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

mayo and avocado...wah so rich. :-D Hey, how bout a video series on Nips Can Cook? (oh, J has already recommended that..never mind, I second her proposition!)

minchow said...

Luscious!! I probably would skip out on the mayo if I wanted to be sensible... but that would just be a total killjoy!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ll: mayo on the prawns only mah. video? well i got to earn some money and buy a video camera, wouldnt we!?

kennymah: nipple joe, yeah hor, y i never think of that ar..

qwazymonkey: what would i do without you? you give me the best and whackiest!

isabelle: easy to make too!

j: hahah and put on an aussie accent..

Sean said...

i remember watching 'yan can cook' too, with my grandparents. fun show, though unfortunately, it never inspired me to try to prepare any food :D
your salad is super-tempting, especially when u look at the huge amount of avocados!!! there's never enough avocados when u order a salad with avocados in a restaurant. =)

Michelle Chin said...

I used to watch Yan Can Cook when I was three or four. I still watch him when go to back to my grandparents' place.

Anyway... if you need some recipes, my blog will welcome you with them. I cook more than I eat out in Melbourne. I only eat out like twice per month in Melbourne???

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: haha u sure? u mean i seen all the reviews for the month already? but its not mid month yet!

sean: its dirt cheap, i got for less than 1 aud dollar per piece. in msia? its a diff story.

min: skip the mayo? all thats blasphemy

Niki Cheong said...

Sakit perut or not?

CUMI & CIKI said...

damn ur good! migration has made u a Chef! :)

- m i c h e l l e - said...

I could do with some of these naooooo!!! *salivates*

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

michelle: nxt time we do mini pot luck at ur place !

c&c: haha too much watching masterchef d.

niki: choi!

PureGlutton said...

Those avocadoes look good, man! Must be cheaper over in Oz? Your salad looks inviting ;-)

Paranoid Android said...

That looks crazy good. And I was worried you will starve in Melbourne... LMAO.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pa: starve in melb? haha will only starve with no money.

pureglutton: theres a glut of avocados, today i saw 3 aud for a kg, i bought 4 for 3 aud that day.

Kristy Khai Woon said...

Fantastic way to cook prawns, but i think i'll pass on the avocado.

P.S: doesn't the plate look familar? I wonder....hahahaha

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

kristy: yours 1 la!

eiling lim said...

so the only cooking action was boil the water and cook the prawns?

Fui Lemonadelime said...

woops, a creamy salad :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fui: yes creamy..

eiling: yes! simple hor?

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