Taste bud travels

This is the time of year Team French Rooms take a break and that can sometimes involve travelling to warmer climes, but not this year.

For us, happy holiday memories tend to be dominated by food and drink, so while we are staying at home, we are recreating dishes we have enjoyed on our travels. Tonight we are reminiscing about one of our all time favourite restaurants in Franschhoek, South Africa called The French Connection. We often have their tempura prawns for either starter or main, sometimes both!.

We are serving our prawns with a delicious mayonnaise using the finest Glenballyeamon eggs with a delicious chilli kick from Broighter Gold.

Tempura prawns serves 2-4

  • Ingredients
  • 60g plain flour
  • 60g cornflour
  • 150ml chilled sparkling water
  • sea salt
  • 24 king prawns with tails

Method – Heat a pan of oil or a fryer. Add flours to bowl, gradually stir in sparkling water & season with salt. Coat the prawns well, allow surplus batter to drain off and carefully add them to the oil and fry until golden brown and crispy. Remove, drain on kitchen paper and serve immediately. Serve with the following Glenballyeamon mayonnaise and a dash of soy sauce.

Homemade chilli mayonnaise

  • 3 Glenballyeamon Egg Yolks
  • 100mL Broighter Gold chilli Infused Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 Tsp dijon Mustard
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • North Coast smokehouse Salt

Mix the yolks, mustard and salt. Gradually add the Broighter Gold chilli oil and whisk until it thickens (use a blender if possible) . Add the lemon juice. Experiment with the flavours, rosemary & garlic is a great alternative.

To Serve the tempura prawn dish, dot your plate with small spoonfuls of the mayo, pop the tempura prawns on top , decorate with leaves, a lemon wedge and a dash of soy sauce.

Our recommended accompaniment is a chilled glass of La Motte Sauvignon Blanc. With its natural acidity and acute texture, this Sauvignon Blanc wine pairs beautifully with sea-foodsseafood pasta and spicy foods such as Chinese and Thai dishes. A perfect choice for this dish and an award winning winery from the Franschhoek valley.

Drink South African wine at The French Rooms!

Franschhoek is a breathtakingly beautiful village in the Western Cape province of South Africa and for those of you wo are regular visitors to The French Rooms who will have contributed to a very inspirational school in Franschhoek called Kusasa. For every cup of coffee or glass of South African wine you enjoy at The French Rooms you are contributing to this incredible school which champions the leaders of tomorrow and has putting the children first at the very core of its existence. To learn more about The Kusasa Project or contribute to their great work https://thekusasaproject.org/

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