Salt and Pepper Prawns with Smoked Salt
When I was at an open day at Salt Meat Cheese recently I met Rowena Firth . I started talking to her over a glass of wine and some wonderful cheeses. She was a lot of fun and after a while I asked her what she did and she told me that she is a Selmelier. Yes, you thought I spelt that wrong didn’t you?. That’s right she is a salt expert. She has a bit of a wandering spirit much like I do and during a stint living in the US she became interested in salt.
Salt is a natural chemical compound that has been a major trade item for humans since records began. It is an absolute necessity to enable our bodies to function properly. No foods, sweet or savoury would taste the same without salt. It was transported all over the world, before refrigeration, it was critical in the preservation of food. Today, due to industrial food processing, we tend to think that salt is not very good for us, but this isn’t true. What is true is that processed heavily salted packaged foods full of fat are bad for us, giving salt a very bad wrap
So, back to Rowena and her new job as a “Semmelier”. She knows a lot about salt and she imports all kinds of salts; gourmet cooking salts, and lifestyle salts like bathsalts and “salt gifts”-such as storage & servers. We did a bit of a tour of the salt section at Salt Meats Cheese looking at the bags of salt. She brings in all kinds of exciting flavours from around the world and sells them wholesale and on her website The Salt Box. How about Merlot, Balsamic or Espresso salt or maybe Habanero, Rosemary or Porcini?
I’ve got a container of her Yakima Applewood Smoked Salt from Washington State in the USA. I made some whole Smoked Salt and Pepper Prawns with it but you could use this recipe for squid or chicken if you like .
- 500 gm prawns
- 4 teaspoons Smoked salt or another flavour
- 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder optional
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 6 Tablespoons rice flour
- 1 whole Egg
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon
- 1/4 bunch coriander
- 40 ml lime juice 2 tablespoons
- 1/2 teaspoon zest
- 5 gm pepper
- 375 ml rice bran or other oil
- 1/4 tsp Smoked salt
- 1 tablespoon coriander extra chopped
- 750 ml oil for frying aprox 3 cups, vegetable oil
Have you met anyone with an interesting job lately?