I immediately obliged, though not being a chef, yet my partiality for food is legendary. (That was why you asked me,right, Mau?)
Breast cancer had become a matter close to my heart, as rather unfortunately it entered my life when in January this year, both my beloved sisters proved positive. Both chose to go for mastectomy, and both had to undergo chemotherapy – my eldest sister, 3 cycles, and my middle sister 9 cycles. It was a tremendous shock, but we believe in qada dan qadar, and both sisters fortunately were very strong-spirited and fought on. I should say, they are still fighting on.
I do not have a bright blue leotard and red cape or any supernatural powers to save the world- but I do know a few good recipes, that I could share with people who would give not just money to the Breast Cancer Support Group.
June Hearts Prawns
500 gm tiger prawns, peeled and butterflied
1 lemongrass stalk
1 small ginger torch/ Bunga kantan
2 kaffir leaves
5 large chillis
½ inch galangal
30ml coconut cream
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp tom yam powder/ paste
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp fish sauce
Juice of ½ a lime
Zest of 1 lime
1 tbsp oil for cooking
Salt to taste
1. Lightly fry the prawns, put aside.
2. In the same pan, heat oil, and sweat lemongrass, ginger torch, chillis, galangal and tom yam powder/paste until fragrant.
3. Add coconut cream, tomato, fish sauce, honey, oyster sauce and prawns. Mix well. Remove from fire.
4. Add kaffir leaves, lime juice and lime zest and mix well.
5. Garnish with kaffir leaves.
A Tom Yam fresh spicekit from supermarkets contains most of the ingredients.
Alternatively blitz everything in a blender and use as a marinade for prawn or chicken before grilling or roasting.
“June Hearts” refers to my two sisters, June and Sayang, whom I love dearly, and who are both courageously fighting breast cancer, and winning.
However, I didn’t realise Maurina’s invitation was for a Desserts Compilation. Nevermind. I did toy with the idea of sugaring up the dish and passing it off as a dessert, but it probably wouldn’t get past the beady-eyed editors’ tastebuds.
Try my recipe and give your support to Breast Cancer Support Group anyway, and wait for the new book and buy it!