Jumeirah Lowndes Terrace BBQ Class – Low Calorie Thai marinated tiger prawns
With a faltering attempt at Spring this week and a cloudless blue sky this afternoon, this particular post seems almost relevant. On the afternoon of the planned barbeque demonstration at the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, however, a thunderstorm, hail and fierce winds had me calling the organisers at 3 pm. ‘Don’t worry – sunshine is forecast at 5 pm’ announced the chirpy PR. Now, I know PRs are generally happy, smiley people, but this just sounded unrealistic. I spluttered something inane back. put the phone down and looked disbelievingly out of the window. I have to admit feeling just a little bit grumpy at the idea of grilling in the rain. Even if I had been promised some astonishing diet food including low-calorie Thai marinated tiger prawns
Unbelievably as I left the house, on the stroke of 5 pm, the sun did indeed come out. In any case, The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes is covered with large parasols and fully heated. Just round the corner from Harrods and Harvey Nichols, it is a large secluded private space at the back of the Hotel, fitted out with serious ‘Grilling’ equipment, comfy chairs and tables and the very necessary parasols and heaters. One to remember for sunny afternoons and balmy evenings, I can see myself happily sitting out on The Terrace sipping fizz on a regular basis, if we get any Summer this year;)
We were there to have a barbeque lesson and demo from Head Chef Martin Gabler, the runner-up at the British BBQ Championships 2012. It struck me that quite a lot of what we were shown was actually healthy – worthy of a 5:2 diet fast day – although NOT if you wash it down with copious quantities of fizz.
Perhaps my favourite dish was the Thai Marinated Tiger Prawns, so I’m sharing Martin’s recipe with you here for the ultimate ‘have fun on a diet’ dish!
Wonderful Barbecue Prawns - Serve Hot
Recipe idea - Martin Gabler
- 3 Headless Tiger Prawns Deveined and butterflied
- 1 Medium Chilli
- 5 g Chopped Coriander
- 2 kg Chopped Garlic
- 10 ml Olive Oil
- 1 splash Lemon Juice
Mix the chilli, coriander, garlic and oil together
Drizzle the dressing on the prawns
Season with salt and pepper
Leave for 10-15 minutes to infuse
Grill on both sides for around 3-4 minutes - basting with a little lemon juice as you grill
Serve with piri piri sauce or lemon butter sauce (or just more fresh lemon!)
In addition to the prawns we sampled grilled mushroom and goats cheese salad, yoghurt lemon marinaded chicken and burgers.
Perhaps with the exception of the burgers, everything was super healthy – for example, the yoghurt marinade for the chicken was just lemon, low-fat yoghurt and green peppercorns with some salt and pepper. We did spoil any idea of healthy dining though with chips, plenty of wine and a naughty chocolate fondant dessert to round off the evening. But why not? The sun had managed to shine for at least an hour and that in itself was cause for celebration.
My invitation was to a preview of the BBQ master classes which run at the Jumeirah Lowndes each summer
The Terrace BBQ Masterclass Series
Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel
21 Lowndes Street
London SW1X 9ES
To Book: 020 7858 7223, visit www.jumeirahlowndeshotel.com or email JLHdining@jumeirah.com
Meanwhile, why not pin this recipe for later