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Saturday, August 29, 2009

i'm here! alice's white rabbit, am a bit late, but the prawns were a tad elusive... ;) lol

post The mead be ready!

From the looks of things, a batch of Joe’s Ancient Orange Mead (as well as a batch of Brock’s Ancient Orange Cyser) is ready!

It’s nice and clear and even the oranges have sunk to the bottom.

I’m letting them settle for a day before I siphon them out and bottle them up.


Mead (and Cyser)!

Mead, on the left, the cyser (effectively identical, but made with slightly less honey, and apple cider, instead of water) at right. male [duh], single father of three, and to 4-month-old sheltie pup, kenny! son still lives with me, girls are on their own.

Mixed Grill

Grilled Jumbo Prawns, Stuffed with Goat Cheese, and Wrapped in Prosciutto...

Yield: 6-8

Recipe Courtesy Rob Rainford, Licence to Grill.


Maple Rum Glaze

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (125 ml)
  • 1/2 cup dark rum (125 ml)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (60 ml)

Grilled Jumbo Prawns

  • 6 to 8 jumbo shrimp, peeled, de-veined
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese (60 ml)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream (30 ml)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives (30 ml)
  • Lemon or lime juice, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 6 slices prosciutto (thinly sliced)

Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad

  • 1/2 cup Israeli couscous (125 ml)
  • 3/4 cup of boiling vegetable stock (or chicken stock) (175 ml)
  • 2 zucchini (one green and one yellow), cut lengthwise into ¼-inch strips
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp sun dried cranberries (30 ml)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (15 ml)
  • 1/2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley (7 ml)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Maple Rum Glaze

  1. Add maple syrup, rum and butter to a saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Reduce until a glaze consistency or until coats the back of a spoon.
  3. Set the glaze aside until ready to grill shrimp.

Grilled Jumbo Prawns

  1. Butterfly the shrimp by cutting down the center back of the shrimp but don’t cut all the way through – then open and flatten the two halves so that it resembles a butterfly.
  2. This will allow you to get more filling in the shrimp.
  3. Cream the goat cheese and sour cream together.
  4. Stir in chives and pepper.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator to firm up and set.
  6. Place butterflied shrimp cut side up.
  7. Using a pallet knife or small spatula evenly spread the shrimp with the goat cheese mixture.
  8. Place a slice of proscuitto on a piece of plastic wrap.
  9. Put a shrimp on top of the prouscuitto, width wise.
  10. Roll tightly, but not so tight the goat cheese squeezes out.
  11. Preheat grill to medium high (350 degrees F.).
  12. Oil grill well.
  13. Grill shrimp for 3 to 3 ½ minutes per side, brushing with some of the maple rum glaze.
  14. Serve with the Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad.

Grilled Vegetable Couscous Salad

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Toast Israeli couscous in preheated oven until lightly golden, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Transfer toasted couscous to a saucepan.
  4. Add ¾ cup of boiling vegetable stock.
  5. Cover with lid and cook over medium low heat until all the liquid is absorbed into the couscous, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Preheat grill to medium high.
  8. Add zucchini and onion to a bowl.
  9. Toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.
  10. Grill for 2 minutes per side or until nice grill mark per side.
  11. Add grilled vegetables to cooked couscous with cranberries and parsley.
  12. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  13. Serve with the Grilled Jumbo Prawns.


  1. hey, but wolfie, don't forget to bring one thing about yourself to share with your neighbors. you can't stay anonymous forever, you know...

    these recipes are outrageous. they are the first thing i'm heading for


  2. oooops, will fix that, kj ;) lol

    by all means, head for the prawns!

  3. i have to tell you, wolfie, to know that you are a single father to three children was a little treasure in itself


  4. Yum Wuffa . . keep the mead but share the prawns!

  5. I'm going to have to try to make mead. Is it something that would explode if you messed it up? I know beer does that (explodes).

  6. I'll be the one licking the maple glaze off the plates when all the prawns are gone...

  7. lol... kj, the kids are all adults now [at least age-wise] ;) lol

    ok, baino... you can share the water bowl with kenny ;)

    deb, anything's possible, but i'll post a recipe, it's pretty easy to make

    maw, by all means! :O lol