Curried prawns in agar agar and how to pluck a hen


by Hugo, 
Canine Correspondent


I’ve had quite a relaxing week because The Noisy One has been away on a sailing trip. I expect he’ll be quite hoarse by the time he gets home from barking orders at adjacent boats (did you like my animal imagery there?). Anyway, it’s nice to have some time off from being shot at and tackled to the ground. There has been one thing that’s been bothering me a bit though: two of the hens are nesting (and very unpleasant they’re being about it too), which leaves one hen wandering around alone looking a bit pathetic; even more so than usual ;-). I’ve been trying to keep her spirits up by grabbing her for a cuddle and an affectionate chew of her wings, but I just get yelled at by old Bossy Boots. Life can be very complicated sometimes *doggie sigh*.

Ingredients (makes 6 mini terrines)

250g frozen prawns

juice of half a lemon

25g butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

150ml fish stock

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 shallot, chopped

1 bay leaf

sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 tablespoon mango chutney

4 fresh basil leaves

4g Agar-Agar powder

Place the prawns steeped in lemon juice in a frying pan and add the olive oil and butter. Fry gently, gradually adding all the other ingredients with the exception of the Agar-Agar and basil leaves. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the prawns are cooked through and the liquid partly evaporated. Once cooked, add the basil, blend briefly in a food processor and set aside. Dissolve the Agar-Agar in a small amount of water and bring to the boil (according to the instructions on the packet). Once boiled, add to the prawn mixture and distribute into moulds (I used silicon muffin moulds). Compact the mixture well. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours and serve chilled.

Health benefits of agar agar

Agar is a good source of calcium and iron, and is very high in fiber. It is an excellent aid in digestion and weight loss and also carries toxic waste out of the body. Other benefits include its ability to reduce inflammation, calm the liver, and benefit the lungs.

15 responses to “Curried prawns in agar agar and how to pluck a hen

  1. Hugo, must say your communication skills are stellar and you are quite the connoisseur. Must say though you must listen to Old Bossy Boots, nibbling on the chickens wings will not endear you them,
    Seriously love the curriend prawn molds, perfect for a hot summers day, love it!

  2. Bossyboots and Hugo … I smell a children’s story!

  3. This is such an extraordinary and creative recipe! I love it all especially with the use of agar agar instead of other setting agents.

  4. I’m going to try these too. We have a picnic – more of a yardnic – coming up at the weekend, and if the weather holds I think they’d go down a treat. However, we don’t have, and are not likely to have by then, fish stock. Do you think very dry white wine might substitute?

    • Hi Martyn! I think that white wine would work quite well probably, although you could use a bit of vegetable stock or chicken stock too possibly. I always think that prawns are quite bland and need jazzing up a bit. I do hope the weather holds for your yarding. By the way, my parents found some spelt bread at a bread shop in Clapham…

  5. These look so dainty and smart. Very elegant little starter for Summer. Bookmarked! Thanks x

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