A hot, steamy bath is a luxurious and sensuous way to clear the debris of the day, open intuition, soothe the psyche and indulge the self. Light some deliciously scented candles, fill the bath with bubbles, lie back and relax while drifting off to that tropical paradise far, far beyond reality.
Meanwhile, your man is in the kitchen preparing a meal to suit the mood. Could it be that delicious Vietnamese prawn salad for which he is justly famous? Possibly….
Guy’s Vietnamese Prawn Salad:
- 12 king prawns, cooked and shelled
- 1 small head iceberg lettuce, or butter lettuce
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 1 cucumber, finely sliced
- 1 large mango,
- 3 tablespoons chopped mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon shelled peanuts, chopped
- Sprig of mint for garnish
- 2 limes, finely sliced
- 3 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 red chilli, seeds removed and sliced
Combine all the ingredients for the dressing, stir vigorously with a fork and set aside. Separate the lettuce leaves, wash and pat dry. Then rinse the bean sprouts and trim off any straggly tails. Next, combine prawns, mango and herbs in a bowl with the dressing.
Arrange the lettuce leaves, bean sprouts and cucumber slices on a pretty serving dish and add the dressed prawns, mango and herbs. Fling over the peanuts and serve with sliced limes. Paradise on a plate!
Wrap yourself in a fluffy towelling dressing gown and join him on the veranda to watch the sun go down as you sup on the succulent salad and sip a dewy glass of that Spier Private Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2008 which you stowed in your suitcase on your last trip to Cape Town. Blissfulness…..