In the lead up to the most Aussie day of the year – Australia Day, we thought it would be best to sit back and reflect a bit more on the day and the history of Australia Day, rather than just jumping straight on the barbie and cooking up the most Aussie thing we could find..
When things become habit, we can easily forget about why we do them, same goes for such national holidays. Australia Day marks the day the the First Fleet’s arrival to Australia, filled to the brim with many of our ancestors, precisely 11 ships, full to the hulls with convicts, the ones England no longer wanted!
They arrived in Sydney Cove, and raised their Union Jack, by the Commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788. The convicts from the First Fleet were to help lay the foundations for what was to become one of the best places to live in the world.
In the last two centuries however, we have evolved quite incredibly, from where we were then, to where we are now. A day that once marked the beginning of another first world country, is now just seen as a time to celebrate being Australian and getting a day off the daily grind to catch up with friends, have a barbeque and enjoy a few lazy drinks in a fun setting, one where you would throw the shrimps on the barbie and celebrate for celebrations sake.
So in celebration of that Aussie tradition, here is a little recipe for some killer bbq shrimps!
You’ll need the following ingredients:
-Some Pink Himalayan Sea Salt flakes
-Aioli or Mayo of your choice
-800 grams of King Prawns/Shrimps
-Black pepper & salt
-3 Garlic cloves, finely diced
-1 long red chilli, finely diced, with or without the seeds
First off, Combine the garlic, olive oil, chilli, lime juice, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl and whisk. Add the prawns and toss to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
When you are ready, get the barbeque started and get the grill plate nice and hot. Take the prawns from the marinade and place them in lines on skewers, bamboo is preferred, but metal skewers will be fine too.
Then grill your prawn skewers on each side for two minutes or until the prawns are cooked through and golden. When cooked, serve the prawn skewers with a side of lime wedges, pink sea salt, aioli and/or mayo if desired.