Wanted: dead or alive! (best seen at large size)
Happy Mother's Day to all!
Spot prawn (Pandalus platyceros) season opened a couple of days ago in British Columbia, and yesterday was the spot prawn festival in Vancouver. The chefs from the famous Vancouver restaurants come down to the docks to buy right from the boats and during the festival they also give spot prawn cooking demonstrations. (These are large prawns managed strictly as a sustainable fishery). I went down to catch the boat coming in with the fresh catch of the day (left). They were so fresh they were jumping out of the bowl as I tried to photograph them. I cooked them in olive oil (first cold press oil from Arica, Chile), with fresh garlic, asparagus and parsley from my garden, quickly photographed them again, and then washed them down with a Chilean Central Coast Viognier. Yum!
For a spot prawn portrait, and to see the spot prawns practicing their 'shrimp ring' routine, see here http://goo.gl/IkuLP