aka: Crocodile & Prawn Stir Fry with BBQ'd Macadamia Nuts
|Crocodile & Prawn Stir Fry|
When asked by Alastair McLeod, "Why we chose Crocodile to cook, seeing we'd only cooked it twice?"
My response was "We wanted to cook something different"! I actually thought there would be lots of whole cooked fish in the competition. I was wrong! But it was fun a doing a stir fry on the BBQ. We had a little problem with heat, which affected our finished dish.
I had a practice run cooking the Spices, Herbs, Vegetables with noodles & the Sauce & loved the flavour.
Next we had a practice run at my home with a few friends tasting the dishes we tried.This time we cooked the crocodile. Now I'd seen a post by Brendan a chef cooking crocodile in Lemon Myrtle 3 mins each side.
Preparing the Ingredients
I figured if I sliced the meat paper thin, it would keep to a tender consistency. The judges, Chef Dominique Rizzo, Alastair McLeod & Queenslander Billy Moore, recognised this when judging. I've cooked it several times now & as long as I slice it finely, it is tender to eat, but I can't say I've mastered cooking crocodile. In saying this, it's still delicious & worth trying. The closest meat I can compare it to is Chicken. So not so scary to try afterall, & really takes your guests back when you tell them your serving crocodile.
The Stir Fry preparation takes about 15 mins & when cooking a smaller serve for 4 people another 5-10 mins depending how you move through the steps.
400 gr piece of crocodile
20 green prawns
3 sections egg noodles (pictured)
oyster mushrooms ( not available when I cooked this time)
Coriander, Garlic, Spring Onions, Ginger, Chili
Vegetables of choice
Fresh Coriander, Macadamia Nuts, Hoisin Sauce, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil.
For serving I used those takeaway noodle boxes (that's another funny story) & chopsticks.
There is no reason why you can't add a can of coconut milk to the last step of this recipe.
|Chicken & Mango Stir fry|
|One of the chicken dishes in the blind ingredient comp|
|In Front of the judges!|
That funny story I mentioned, was about my bargain chinese takeaway containers I purchased on holidaying in Melbourne. I couldn't help myself, marked down to 20cents for a pack of 8, I bought the lot, while shopping with my sister Heidi for a party. Well do you think I could fit them into my luggage for the flight home. They eventually made it to Brisbane by car. It made a very funny story at the time, having a goof laugh at me.Don't worry I'm always having a laugh at myself.