Spiced Prawn Tacos

spiced prawn tacos

Today, I’m going to share a recipe for spiced prawn tacos with you, I feel I need to start this post off by saying that when I first saw this combo of spices and prawns, I wasn’t expecting great things (cinnamon and prawns, what the hell?!)

To be honest, I thought there was no way it was going to work, and my first thought was that it was going to taste like shit…

I’ll pretty much try anything though, so pushing my doubt aside, I decided to give it shot. I’m glad I did, because holy crap, these tacos were fantastic (I actually ended making bigger batch of the spice mix, so I’ve always got some on hand)

If you make these – I hope you enjoy them, and if you do, let me know what you thought of the spice/prawn combo.

Spiced Prawn Tacos
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A recipe for spiced prawn tacos, using cinnamon, cardamom and ginger; this recipe spicy, a little salty and would be great paired with a beer.
Servings Prep Time
4 - 6 corn tortillas 15 - 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 - 6 corn tortillas 15 - 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 40 minutes
Spiced Prawn Tacos
Print Recipe
A recipe for spiced prawn tacos, using cinnamon, cardamom and ginger; this recipe spicy, a little salty and would be great paired with a beer.
Servings Prep Time
4 - 6 corn tortillas 15 - 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 - 6 corn tortillas 15 - 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 40 minutes
Ingredients
Taco Filling
Spice Mix
Servings: corn tortillas
Instructions
  1. In a small container, combine the spices and set aside. Then chop the prawns, place in a small bowl and cover in as much of the spice mix as you would like (it's completely up to you)
  2. Add a glug of oil and the onions to a frying pan. Cook on a medium high heat stirring occasionally until the onions start to sizzle a little. Add the tomatoes and continue cooking until onions are translucent.
  3. Add the prawns to the pan, stirring occasionally until thooked through. Remove from the heat and serve tacos with guacamole, coriander and sour cream.
Recipe Notes
  • When adding the tomatoes, add some chives or spring onions to add some more flavour.
  • We use corn tortillas, and steam them in non-stick pan without using oil (if you want yours a little crispier, you can fry them in oil until soft)
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

gluten free pumpkin pie

Those who know me know that I love anything traditionally autumnal or wintery, and because we’ve had a can pf pureed pumpkin in our cupboard forever, i decided to try my hand at making a gluten free pumpkin pie.

It was my first attempt at making a pie, and I think it turned out pretty well, pastry included! To be honest, I thought there would’ve been tears, but nah, it was all good; my first attempt at gluten free pastry was a success and I’m very pleased. I think Phillip thought there were going to be tears as well, because he spent a fair bit of time hovering around the kitchen, just in case he needed to come in and take over the baking, after I fucked it up and huffed off in a sulk.

For this post, i wanted to share the pumpkin pie recipe I used, because it’s pretty damned delicious.

The pastry can be used for sweet or savoury dishes and if you want to make it with gluten, you can use normal flour instead (the original recipe for the pastry wasn’t gluten free, I just substituted it for Edmonds plain gluten free flour).

I also substituted the spices in the pie filling for some pumpkin pie spice I made before Christmas (because pumpkin pie spice all the things). if you’d like the recipe for that, let me know.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
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Servings Prep Time
8 slices 15 minutes
Passive Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 15 minutes
Passive Time
3 hours
Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
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Servings Prep Time
8 slices 15 minutes
Passive Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 slices 15 minutes
Passive Time
3 hours
Ingredients
Short Pastry
Pumpkin Pie Filling
Servings: slices
Instructions
Pastry
  1. Sift the flour and sugar into a bowl, and then add the cubed butter.
    gluten free short pastry
  2. rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs and then gently knead into a stiff dough using a little cold water to bind.
  3. Wrap the pastry in glad wrap, and place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up (overnight is best). DO NOT skip this step, you need to firm gluten free pastry in the fridge, otherwise it will fall apart when you bake it.
  4. Once firm, take out of the fridge and blind bake in an oven preheated to 180°c for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the pastry cool before putting in the pie filling.
Pumpkin Pie Filling
  1. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves together in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy, and then stir in the pumpkin and sugar mixture
    gluten free pumpkin pie
  3. Gradually stir in evaporated milk, and then pour into your pie shell.
  4. Bake in an oven preheated to 220°c for 15 minutes, remove from oven and allow the pie to cool on the kitchen counter.
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Spiced Apple Cider

spiced apple cider

I’m pretty obsessed with things traditionally christmassy: carols, food, sweaters, decorations – you name it. As lovely and as cosy as all all that stuff is, it doesn’t really make sense in New Zealand, where it’s summer right now.

While looking around the internet one day, I found a recipe for some spiced apple cider (American soft cider – non alcoholic), which can be served either hot or cold; so is perfect for you guys living in a warmer climate who want to a Christmas drink, but don’t want to boil because it’s so damn hot. !

spiced apple cider
Spiced Apple Cider
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This spiced apple cider can be served hot or cold, so it's great for those living in a warmer climate who want something traditionally Christmassy
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
spiced apple cider
Spiced Apple Cider
Print Recipe
This spiced apple cider can be served hot or cold, so it's great for those living in a warmer climate who want something traditionally Christmassy
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 cups 10 - 15 minutes
Cook Time
3 - 4 hours
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Core the apples and place in a large pot, add the sugar and spices (you could use a stick of cinnamon if you wanted, he original recipe used a stick, but I can't find them anywhere at the moment).
  2. Cover the apples with cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for around 30 minutes to an hour on medium-high.
  3. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for about two hours.
  4. strain apples through a sieve and discard the solids.
  5. Strain a second time through a sieve lined with cheesecloth - this gets rid of any pulp left behind, I was surprised at how much there was!
  6. Allow cool, and enjoy!
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Spiced Shortbread

spiced shortbread

Last night, I decided to make some cookies. I had seen a recipe for spiced shortbread and thought it sounded delicious, so wanted to see if I could make a gluten free version.

These turned out wonderfully well, and I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you guys as they make great Christmassy treats – either for yourself, or for someone else if you’re feeling generous.

To make them gluten free we substituted the plain flour with EDMOINDS gluten free plain flour, although you could try using any plain gf flour you have on hand)

spiced shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
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Spiced Shortbread. These cookies are a great Christmas treat (either for yourself, or someone you know).
Servings
20 small cookies
Servings
20 small cookies
spiced shortbread
Spiced Shortbread
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Spiced Shortbread. These cookies are a great Christmas treat (either for yourself, or someone you know).
Servings
20 small cookies
Servings
20 small cookies
Ingredients
Servings: small cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. In a bowl cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. We used our stand mixer, but you can beat the butter and sugar by hand (it'll take about five minutes).
    spiced shortbread
  3. In a separate bowl, sift flour and spices before folding in the creamed butter until a soft dough starts to form (fold with your hands, and be careful not to overwork the dough).
  4. Sprinkle a dry, clean surface with sugar and gently roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it is about 1cm thick. Sprinkle the dough with extra sugar to avoid it sticking to the rolling pin if needed.
    spiced shortbread
  5. Cut with cookie cutters and the place the shortbread onto an oven tray lined with baking paper
    spiced shortbread
  6. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
    spiced shortbread
Recipe Notes

If you decide to make these, let me know in the comments how these turned out for you.

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