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Pan fried Prawns
1 kg shelled green prawns
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 teaspoons sambal
1⁄4 cup of fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons of grated lime rind
1⁄4 cup chopped coriander
2 tablespoons peanut oil
Into a large frying pan heat the oil, add
the garlic and chilli. After one minute
add the prawns cook for three minutes
then add the lime juice, lime rind and
coriander toss to combine. Serve with
with Captain Chaos
29E Babbage Rd,
Roseville Chase 2069
Tel: 02 9417 8455
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Beat the summer Heat!
Three speed whisper quiet
Have I had enough shellfish over the
Christmas festivities! What with
the local tavern throwing on about
a ton of prawns and oysters for free, plus a
few too many rums and beers, I went out
like a light most nights.
It was some many years since I’d eaten
that many prawns ... but I remember it
well. I was on a trip down the NSW south
coast to Central Tilba to visit an old friend
who had moved there and was building a
The bloke I was to meet at the
Dromedary Hotel was one of a kind, the
lake or river where he’d regularly pull out
turtles, snakes and prawns or yabbies ...
all to the delight of the kids.
I had my two boys with me and
they were looking forward to seeing
Tilzey. He had been a regular at my old
restaurant Flatt’s Café in Sofala and great
entertainment for the kids of the town.
It was late in the day when we arrived
at the hotel and found Tilz on the veranda.
“Hey Tilz, what’s been happening since
I saw you last? ”
“G’day Chaos. G’day boys. You were
lucky to catch me. I ’m just getting some
grog and heading down to a camp on the
lake to do some prawning. You guys are
welcome to join me. It’s a bit rough just
sleeping bags and a log to sit on around
“ That’ll suit us just fine. We have our
sleeping bags and a tucker box.”
“OK, grab whatever grog you want
to drink and you can follow me to the
It was down to the coast a bit and along
dirt tracks where we ended up at a gate;
one of the boys hopped out and opened
it to let us through.
“Hey Tilz,” I yelled out. “ I remember this
place, somewhere near here Wes Stacey
has a camp.”
“ Yes you’re right, but he isn’t here at
the moment, he’s out photographing old
barns and shearing sheds.”
We arrived at the campsite on the
side of a large lake. There were already a
couple of blokes and girls hunkered down;
all friends of Tilz.
“I have been waiting to try this lake
as it’s bounded by private properties and
they haven’t let anyone in. I ’ve promised to
give them some prawns for letting us in.”
I noticed a great pile of gear nearby.
There seemed to be a lot of Tilley lamps,
prawning nets and large eskies.
“ Tilz, do we really need so much
“ Yes, there will be six couples and we
will form a line across the channel where
the lake empties. There is no moon which
is great and the tide will turn at around
We met all the gang and sat around
the fire eating and drinking until it was
time to move.
“It’s very dark so don’t stray far from
the lights and be careful where you tread.”
Tilz had rigged a carrier for the light
and we all pulled a polystyrene box and a
prawn net. We hadn’t gone more than 50
metres when there was a scream and a huge
splash as one light fizzled into the water.
“ You OK over there? ”
“ Yes, my mate dropped into a hole.
We’ll have to go back to the camp as the
lamp is stuffed.”
The rest of the evening went well ...
except for the bloke we had to cart off to
hospital after treading on a stingray.
Plus we were up all night looking for
one of the girls who had wandered off to
photograph something. We found her after
a few hours search. She’d fallen asleep on
a sandy bank.
Walking back I stumbled over a fallen
branch and fell flat on my face into the
water. After a few medicinal OPs I couldn’t
feel a thing. I got the whole crew peeling
prawns and I cooked them over the fire. h
Prawning Wallaga Lake
with Tilz and the gang
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