We know that a great shrimp cocktail is on almost everyone's best tastes list so when an old friend returned home after a long stay, we imagined the ultimate, luxurious concoction possible. We planned a Girls Night Out Movie Party...complete with Triple Cheese & Smoked Chicken Pizza, Triple Lemon Cup Cakes & yes, you know, there must be Pop-Corn! We made a trip to our favorite Fish Market in Santa Barbara, California...KANALOA. This is a treat in itself because, at the entrance, there are all these handsome, husky fishermen in glossy black boots carrying precious cargo fresh from the docks.
We made a memorable party and this is how we did it...
For the Gazpacho Aspic:
4 cups Tomato Juice (fresh skinned, seeded & completely blended or canned)
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery leaves
2 Canned chipotle chilies in adobo (go according to the heat you want)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 bay leaves
4 whole cloves or 1/8 tsp. ground
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
Add all ingredients above to sauce pan and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes, then strain into bowl.
3 envelopes Knox Gelatin (or equivalent)
1/4 cup cold water
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped cucumber (peeled and seeded)
1 cup coarsely chopped avocado (not too ripe)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
Lemon sliced thin for top decoration
Arrugala for cocktails.
Soften gelatin in cold water and add to hot mixture (stir for several minutes until fully melted. Add lemon juice. For decorative top place thin slice of lemon in the bottom of mould and pour chilled but not thickened mixture just to cover. Now put bowl of mixture and mould into fridge to partly set. (45 min. ? Keep checking) Next add the rest of the ingredients to the mixture and pour into a NON-METAL mould, (or individual moulds). Cover tightly and refrigerate 6 hours or best overnight
For the Prawns:
For Serving, Add the prawns, red onion rings, chopped avocado and a dab of Veganaise or mayo on top.
For the Pizza:
We just put sauce, fresh mozzarella, provolone, fresh basil, parmesan, and smoked chicken slices on a prepared crust and baked until bubbly.
For the Triple Lemon Cup Cakes you will need to wait for a following post
And...for Movie Night there must be POP-CORN.
We made Champagne lemony and put our feet way up to watch a crazy funny DVD...”Almost Famous”, As Netflix describes it... Stillwater (a rock group based on Led Zeppelin) is on the cusp of success, and 15-year-old William Miller ( Patrick Fugit) is on the cusp of the rest of his life. The youngster cajoles Rolling Stone magazine's editor (via telephone) into an assignment to cover the band on a cross-country tour. Based on director Cameron Crowe's experiences, Almost Famous is an enchanting coming-of-age story. Really Hilarious and sentimental at the same time. We loved it.
After all the above, plenty of Champagne and gossip,
we said “good night” and did sleep very tight.