Princess – Portable Sin Buns

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It’s amazing with how busy you get, you forget your early blogging days, where you sat glued to your monitor with bulging out eyes and sticking out tongue, waiting desperately for someone to LIKE what you’ve written. Then that crestfallen disappointment when nobody does – even though you’ve only got three followers and two of them are your aunties. I must say that I love this bloggerverse more every day, and all the wonderful warm people I now get to call friend. Anyway, I suddenly remembered one of my first posts in those old shy days when the writing always seemed stilted, and you felt like you were peering in people’s windows and reciting poetry to them without an invitation, waiting for the laughter and jeering to begin. And then you find out that bloggers don’t generally roll that way – that they’re a pretty cool bunch after all. Anyway. Now I want to practice rescheduling posts on WordPress, so I shall inflict it on you. This post was “written” by Princess – Suzette’s cook in African Me & Satellite TV.

Ahem.

I have decided to share with you, a very simple chicken and prawn dish.  You can serve it with rice if you wish, or do as I do, and fill buttered buns with it.

I do not eat chicken.  I have seen that it is the one of God’s creatures that has been given the most hardships, and receives the most cruelty.  I have arranged with God that I will not eat any sort of bird, unless he can show me in some way that it is the reborn spirit of one of those cruel people, who care so little of the pain of animals, and so much for the making of money.  The bones of such a bird, I will crunch with relish!

I also do not eat prawns.  Mr Herman once brought four lobsters home from Harare for me to cook.  These creatures jumped to the floor, and caused much terror for myself and Felix.  That cat had his nose crunched very painfully until I pushed that beast off with a broom.  I do not wish to see such things again, and I will certainly not eat the flesh of their cousins.

So I see you ask, how then can you cook something if you cannot taste it?  I will tell you what I have been told by madam and all of her many friends. That my cooking is always perfect.  Why should I not believe this, when I can see that it is true?

I make many things which I cannot taste.  Cocktails for instance.  Obviously I do not drink alcohol, as I am a good Christian woman. But only once did I create a drink which was not very highly praised.  Madam’s friends had especially enjoyed my Pickled Onion & Gherkin Martini, so I thought – what about garlic?  That was thought to be my one failure. But after thinking myself about this, and remembering how Mr Collie had spat it on to the shirt of Mr Herman, who then fell from his chair, and caused Mr Themba to cry very loudly, I believe maybe it was not such a terrible drink after all.

 

PORTABLE SIN BUNS

I make these for Mr Herman to take when he goes fishing on his boat with his friends.  He says that they are so good, they have to be bad, so he calls them Portable Sin Buns.

500g Chicken Breasts – sliced into thin strips


500g Prawns, cleaned & peeled

–  Boil their heads and shells in 150ml water for 15 minutes & strain

1 Tablespoon Grated Onion

1 Grated Clove Garlic

1 Teaspoon Tomato Paste

Salt & Pepper

2 Tablespoons Garam Masala

Oil

Mayonnaise

Chopped Parsley

Shredded Lettuce

Buttered Bread Rolls

 

Brown the chicken with the garam masala, onion & garlic in a little oil.

Quickly add the prawn stock, tomato paste.

Allow to reduce until most of the liquid has gone.

Add the prawns and parsley and cook till done.

Season with salt & pepper to taste & add as much mayonnaise as you wish.

Spread the lettuce on a buttered roll and fill up with the chicken & prawn mixture.

Eat.

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29 thoughts on “Princess – Portable Sin Buns

    gillswriting said:
    August 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Mmmmm, sounds lovely wish I could prawns here, miss sea food a lot!!!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Don’t they import them there? Zimbabwe used to get them over the border from Mozambique. You’re going to have to share your menus with us sometime. 🙂 X

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        gillswriting said:
        August 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm

        LOL a cook I am not! Maybe in the bigger towns Arusha etc but not in Moshi, we don’t even have traffic lights in Moshi!!! Have discovered some fish coming through but not been brave enough to try cooking it yet as it wouldn’t come cleaned and ready to go!!!

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          August 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

          You also have to watch how it travels – a couple of hours on a bus could have you ready to go and all! 😀

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    August 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    😀 We’ve all been there Jo – but as you say, there’s a LOT of great people out there to help and support you once they’ve stumbled onto your blog 😀

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    fightingfatblogger said:
    August 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Sound delicious. I’m using less meat and more fish in my diet so this is something I could give a whirl. Thanks for sharing.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 3, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Pleasure! I think what you’re accomplishing is fantastic by the way. 😀

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        fightingfatblogger said:
        August 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        Oh thank you 😀 Lovely fishy recipes help me!

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          August 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

          Enjoy! This one is really versatile & lovely with yoghurt & lemon too. 🙂 X

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    Mark Myers said:
    August 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks Jo. I liked Princess when I read the book, so hearing from her again was a fond trip.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Mark! I think she’s going to pop up now and again in the future too. 🙂

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    John W. Howell said:
    August 3, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Yum. I laughed out loud at the line “you felt like you were peering in people’s windows and reciting poetry to them without an invitation.” Wonderful capture of a real feeling.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks John! I’m seriously shy believe it or not – it took me ages to stop being terrified of commenting anywhere. I’m still a little scared when it comes to bloggers that I don’t know well yet. X

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        John W. Howell said:
        August 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

        I take this return comment as a compliment. Thanks for the reply.

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    August 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I thoroughly enjoyed African Me & Satellite TV by Jo Robinson and one of my favourite characters was Princess the Head Chef and moral compass of the family. Here is a reminder of her wonderful turn of phrase and one of her ‘perfect’ recipes with chicken and prawns.

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    August 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Sounds delicious Jo and so good to hear from Princess again – she is a love. Unfortunately the hotel where I worked before getting married used to bring in live lobsters from the coast once a week – I came on duty an hour before service to find the chef worse the wear under the table in the kitchen having cut the rubber ties around the lobsters claws. They were roaming freely around the marble floor. We rounded up most of them but three were never seen again!! It was lamb for dinner that night….

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      LOLOL! I wonder what happened to the guys who got away. Visions of creeping into sleeping guests beds. 😀 I’ve actually got a massive book written by Princess. Every time she’d get up to something in the book I rushed off to the kitchen and tried it. It’s got a lot of her little bits of opinions in it too. One day I’ll publish it maybe, although it will definitely have to be gluten free because there’s no way I’ll let wheat flour within a mile of me. XXXX ❤

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        Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
        August 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

        I am sure that it will be Amaizing! There is a huge market for gluten free recipes and if every time you make a dish take a photograph – will soon add up. I can see it now ‘Here’s to Me, Mrs Robinson’ XXS

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    teagan geneviene said:
    August 3, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    The drinks sound like my “pepper-tini”… It actually wasn’t bad, but not something I wanted to make again. Wonderful post, Jo!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Thanks Teagan! What’s in the pepper-tini? I actually love putting things in my drinks – olives are lovely in white wine, especially if you add a bit of the brine. 🙂 X

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    Green Embers said:
    August 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Hah, love that intro to the recipe. I would have to imagine cooking things you’re not going to each could be hard. Recipe looks yummy though. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 6, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I remember it being very yummy – especially with flat breads or Indian rotis. I’ve cooked it so many times I can do it with my eyes shut these days, although it can’t be easy to cook something if you’ve never done it before. 🙂

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    belsbror said:
    August 6, 2014 at 8:57 am

    An afterthought occurred to me. I did not comment earlier because I had to digest everything first. 🙂
    I have to quote you. Your first paragraph is a gold mine, nay, diamond mine of insight. 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      August 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you! It’s amazing how quickly we forget – like the days when a hundred emails were a LOT. 😀

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        belsbror said:
        August 6, 2014 at 7:37 pm

        That’s right. I am probably the worst offender right now. 🙂

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