Sunday, March 18, 2012


Prawn and papaya salad with lime dressing. Yummy!
Every time I get invited for a meal at H. and Miro's house I just know that the food will be delicious and that it will probably include ingredients that I cannot quite identify, so I usually learn something new as well.

I have to confess that I am a mediocre cook so I'm always in awe of people who can conjure up magnificent meals. When I saw the theme for this week's Sunday Post over at Jake's blog I knew I needed help and the first friend who came to mind was Miro. And he kindly agreed to share a recipe with me and my blog.

If you happen to visit the Albufeira area of the Algarve, Portugal, you can taste some of his other dishes at Restaurante Jompra. He's a chef there.

Meanwhile, here is a recipe in English and Portuguese:

Prawn and papaya salad, with lime dressing (starter - serves 8)

750 g prawns 18/20 in their shell but headless
2 large papayas, diced
1 small red onion, julienned
2 celery stalks, thinly  sliced
2 tablespoons fresh mint roughly shredded

For the dressing:
125ml extra virgin olive oil
60 ml lime juice
Lime zest, q.b.
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
Salt, q.b.
Black pepper, freshly ground, q.b.

Remove the shells from the prawns and de-vein. Boil in salted water for 2 minutes over low heat and leave to cool in the water, before draining.
Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing  and season with salt and pepper.
In a bowl, gently blend all the salad ingredients and the dressing.
Serve this salad at room temperature.
You can garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
To serve as shown in the picture, put individual servings of the salad inside a molding ring, press very gently and then remove the molding ring carefully.

Try it! You won't be disappointed.

Salada de gambas e papaia, com molho de lima. Uma delícia!
Salada de gambas e papaia, com molho de lima (entrada, para 8 pessoas)
750 g camarão 18/20 com a casca, sem cabeça
2 papaias grandes cortadas em cubos
1 cebola vermelha pequena, em juliana
2 talos de rama de aipo cortado em rodelas finas
2 colheres sopa de hortelã fresca esfarrapada

125 ml azeite virgem extra
60 ml sumo de lima
raspa de lima q.b.
2 colheres chá gengibre, fresco raspado
1 colheres chá açucar
sal q.b.
pimenta preta do moinho q.b.

Descasque o camarão e retire a tripa. Coza em água com sal durante 2 minutos em lume brando e deixar arrefecer na água.
Misture os ingredientes para o molho com uma vara de arames e tempere com sal e pimenta.
Numa tigela envolva cuidadosamente os ingredientes para a salada com o molho.
Sirva a salada à temperatura ambiente.
Pode guarnecer com um raminho de hortelã fresca.
Para empratar como na fotografia, utilize um aro de cozinha, colocando os ingredientes dentro, pressione um pouco e retire o aro com cuidado.



  1. I love this recipe!

    I did not receive notification from Jake this week. the hyperlink you have included above is not working. :(
    I've checked it out and it should be

    1. Thank you. About the recipe, quick, simple, yummy - what's not to like?!

  2. Beautiful post my friend Thumbs up

    1. Thank you, Jake.
      I'm afraid I won't be trying out your recipe. It looks delicious but with my skills in the kitchen it would turn out a disaster.

  3. OMG !!!

    This is definitely goin in the recipe lists.

    1. It's delicious and it's quite simple to make! I knew readers would love it!

  4. Hi Mara, not sure if my last comment registered?

    1. Hi Carole,
      I've just surfaced from under my paperwork to check on my blog. As you can see, your previous comment did register. I don't know what I'd do without you. Going to fix the hyperlink pronto. Mwa!

  5. Mara...Thank you so much for visitng my Sunday Post...Recipe of Cock-a-Leekie well as the recipe for building self-esteem. :)
    I came to visit your happy I did. I will definitely be back to visit again.
    Your recipe looks amazing...thank you so much for sharing it. :)

    1. Nice to see you here.I'm glad pigletinportugal pointed me in the direction of Jake's challenge. I love finding interesting blogs thru reading his comments section. That's how I found yours.


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