Mrs Pedders Prawn Sauce

Just had a fantastic weekend in Adelaide to Celebrate my Sister Anne-Louise’s Birthday and PhD.  This was the first time ever that I had been to the home of my sister…. not because I never wanted to, it had just never happened.  Anyway, there was a big party planned with a dress up as a doctor theme.  Luckily we flew in on the Friday morning and were able to spend Friday and Saturday assisting with the final touches to the landscaping and house renovations.   I was also able to do what I do the best, take over the kitchen and help get the catering and food service under control.

AL had a menu, had some ingredients, had a few recipes and had the total culinary support of Daryls Mum – Mrs Pedder.  AL had a plan for the entrees that included prawns with Mrs Pedders famous sauce and canapes three ways – one of which must be smoked salmon and cream cheese on pumpernickel. Other key recipes were pumpkin salad with highlander mayonnaise and marinated lamb kebabs done in garlic, lemon and home grown rosemary.  There were lots of other items on the menu but these were the foundations and Mrs Pedders sauce was to be the highlight.   This sauce has no measurements for the recipe as it is made to taste.

Mrs Pedder's Prawn Sauce
  • Highlander Mayonnaise
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Plum Sauce
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Lemon Juice
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Grated Horseradish
  • Salt & Pepper
  1. Start with the Highlander Mayonnaise in a jar and add other ingredients to taste.
  2. Shake well and taste.
  3. Start with small amounts of each addition – shake and taste. You can always add more to get the balance right.
  4. Mix well, put lid on jar and chill.
  5. Adjust seasoning before serving with a large quantity of prawns.

This is similar to a standard cocktail sauce but has less tomato sauce and is less pink in colour…. but the addtion of the Plum Sauce and Horseradish adds extra taste dimensions that had people asking for spoons and straws to consume the sauce.

As for the rest of the canapés – here is AL carrying the platter of the three varieties we settled on.

AL with the Canapes

In a previous blog I mentioned  how being welcome to take over someones kitchen is a sign of true friendship and am now pleased to report that my sister is now officially my friend.   Watch this space for other stunning recipes from my weekend at my sisters.


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