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New Age Prawn Avocado Salad, originally uploaded by Lameen.

First up, an apology – I lost internet access and after that my hard drive crashed, just after 3 years of using it – urgghh ! So what do I have ? Two things – nothing – as all my foodie pics are gone (except the ones I share on Flickr like this), boohoo ! At least until I pay an astonishing $700 to recover the data. Second, not to worry, as I have a simple but tasty and quick recipe for you to enjoy if you like prawns of course. 

Spending some time at home, until my cafe opens, God willing, very soon, you get to wander around the house and kitchen thinking about making something quick and tasty for lunch. This is more so for me, when I've made a whole batch of mayonnaise and want to compliment it with something, so I thought why not a prawn, avocado and mayonnaise salad, but with a twist, like all good thriller movie endings. 

So you need as a rough guide:

Handful of prawns (12 if you want to share with someone else)
Half a crushed garlic
Teaspoon of butter for 6 prawns or 2 tsp for 12
Sprinkle of red hot chilli flakes
Rucola/Rocket or Arugula Leaves – as many as you like
Mayonnaise (home made preferably)
One ripe Avocado – in season down here in South Africa

Put the stove on medium heat and place a large non-stick frying pan on it until very warm, then place your prawns into the frying pan, quickly followed by the butter. After about 1 minute, sprinkle your chiili flakes in, tossing the prawns around so that they are covered with the chillis. Quickly follow with your crushed garlic and fry until the prawns are cooked through – say about 4 minutes. If you are using frozen prawns – which would be most of us, then make sure they are completely defrosted.

Remove the frying pan from the stove and slice up your avocado and place them onto a bed of washed and patted dry rucola leaves. Top with your garlic and chilli prawns together with mayo and serve with some slices of ciabatta or baguette. Simple, isn't it ? To make more of a meal of it, place all the ingredients nicely into your baguette or ciabatta and have a, wait for it, "chilli and garlic prawn and avocado mayo salad sandwich" – what a mouthful…. of delicious decadence, enjoy.

Inspired by a recipe by moi.