In the next few weeks, we imagine you’ll be spending a lot more time around the fire.
And why not?
After all, beneath the grid lies a convergence of flavour and nutrition: a fire that melts fat and delivers a man-size helping of smoke and sizzle, the world’s greatest zero-kilojoule ingredients. But that scorching Weber isn’t always the weight-loss weapon we want it to be.
We’re here to restore the braai to its rightful place as a powerful weight-loss weapon. We’ve developed six new rules of the grill that we guarantee will forever change the way you approach that cherished device in your back yard. Time to feast on some of the healthiest and tastiest summer food. You won’t go thirsty, either.
Cajun-Style Flame Grilled Prawns
Prawns derive about 80% of their kilojoules from protein, making them one of the leanest sources of that metabolism-revving macronutrient. And by cooking them in their shells, you protect them from direct heat, yielding some of the juiciest tails you’ll ever eat.
2 cups water
¼ cup salt
¼ cup sugar
24 medium prawns (about 1 lb)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup tomato sauce
Juice from half a lemon, plus halved lemons for grilling
1 Tbsp prepared horseradish
1 tsp Tabasco smoked chipotle or other hot sauce
1 tsp Nomu Cajun rub
1 Combining the water, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan, soak the prawns for 30 mins (See the Brining sidebar).
2 Meanwhile, combine the tomato sauce, lemon juice, horseradish, and Tabasco.
Drain the prawns and dry them thoroughly with paper towels. Season them with the Nomu rub and place on the grill along with the halved lemons. Cook the prawns until the shells are lightly browned and the meat just turns pink, about 2 minutes on each side; cook the lemons until grill marks appear.