Tuesday, September 18, 2007

On Food For The Soul

Imagine the scene Sunday night: long-legged adults (that does not include Merci Beaucoup Enfant Deux as she is still too young to vote), lolling about watching telly and each attempting to goad the other into making another pot of Rachel Allen's Crab and Prawn Coconut Soup. We've had it three times each week since I got the book. I think we were watching LoTR: The Return of the King, (preview the soundtrack to hear Annie Lennox at her most beautiful) when this came on in the ad break -->

We missed the first few seconds of the ad, so thought it might be for air freshener, or a toilet cleaner, maybe extra strong mints. When the camera pulled back, we all burst out laughing. Now this is what makes UK advertising the best in the world. There is no connection whatsoever to the three factors that make this ad so brilliantly, so giftedly funny. And that presumably, is why it works!


Anonymous said...

Thats so rigth , family gathering having fun and sharing meal in loving hearts is so much soul norishing . For that God created us to be loving and caring parents and to be loyal and respecting children, all meeting at His blessings .
In thanking His givings we pray

and remember Him all times of the nigth and day.

Hannah said...

Hello I watched a broadcast of Rachels food for living at the weekend on which she made her prawn and crab soup. It looked delicious but I did not write it down as I assumed the recipie would be on the bbc food website. I havr just googled 'Rachel Allen prawn and crab soup' and found myself here! If you wouldn't mind forwarding the reciepe I would be most greatful! My email is Thank you :) Hannah Thomas.

Amalee Issa said...


Thanks for stopping by - if you live near a Waterstone's, pop in and flick through the book and write out the recipe; I did this with Nigella's Feast book, for her gingerbread stuffing recipe. Otherwise follow the instructions here - sweat off gently in a pan a couple of cloves of garlic with half a tspn of finely sliced ginger, 1tsp lemon grass ( I never use this, just zest a bit of lemon instead)in a bit of olive oil. Throw in 200g crab meat, 500ml of light fish or chicken stock, a small tin coconut milk 165g, and 1 tbspn nam pla. Bring to boil, turn to simmer and throw in 50g raw peeled prawns. Cook a couple of minutes until prawns cooked, then turn off heat, throw in 2 finely sliced scallions, juice of half a lemon, half a red chilli finely chopped and far too much chopped coriander. Don't add any salt as its likely to be salty enough.

Of course, Rachel added a sheet or two of those ready to soak egg noodles (yuk yuk yuk); try adding a bit of pak choi, or substituting the prawns and crab with pumpkin. And kiss goodbye to your addiction-free days. You will be hooked, sistah.