Entertaining With Friends - Perfect Prawn On The Barbie Recipes

For the ultimate BBQ, you can’t go past fresh or grilled prawns. Whether you like them hot, cold, spicy or mild, at Peter Rowland Catering, we’re sharing three recipes to go with these much-loved, Aussie favourites.

Marie Rose Sauce

– 1/2 cup tomato sauce
– 1/2 cup mayonnaise
– 1/4 cup creme fraiche
– 1 tbs brandy
– 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
– 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
– 1/2 tsp tabasco sauce, more or less, to taste
– Salt and cayenne pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and serve.

Mango and Sriracha Salsa

– 1 ripe mango, removed from the pit and diced
– 1/2 red onion, peeled and diced
– 1 lime, zest and juice
– 1/4 cup coriander, chopped (about half a bunch)
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Sriracha to taste

Combine all ingredients and serve.


– 1 cup macadamia nuts, roasted and finely chopped
– 1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted
– 2-3 tbs coriander seeds, roasted
– 2-3 tbs cumin seeds, roasted
– 1 tsp ground black pepper
– 1 tsp Maldon/Murray River sea salt
– Olive oil

Grind the coriander seeds and cumin seeds in a spice grinder, then mix all the ingredients with the olive oil.

Image via Kas Richards

Ms Chinoiserie Says: I’m a big fan of dukkah – and this recipe with the macadamia nuts sounds so delicious; perfect with prawns!

About Peter Rowland Catering: As a shining light in hospitality for over 50 years, our team of world class chefs, food designers, stylists, event producers and hospitality managers deliver any style of wedding or event – anywhere, anytime. We simply relish bringing the art of food, drink and hospitality to life.

Cocktail Friday - Spiked Spice Hot Chocolate

You may have discovered the Polka Dot Bride team loves to make our hot chocolate with a bit of an edge because we believe that Winter is amazing (it’s not far off now!) and that serving your guests something warm may just be the most special treat.

We do love a spiked hot chocolate but we’ve added a little flavour of the season to this Spiked Spice Hot Chocolate recipe we devised – after all, what says cooler weather better than spices and chocolate in one?


  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • 30 ml Spiced Rum (we use Sailor Jerry)
  • Whipped cream
  • Shaved chocolate


In an ovenproof bowl over a saucepan of water, melt chocolate chips with milk and vanilla bean paste, whisking to remove lumps and create a smooth liquid consistency.

Remove from stove and whisk in spiced rum.

Pour into a mug and add whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride

A wedding can be a great experience for a child – soft drink and dancing and most likely lots of family and friends that they know – all together in the one place. But, it’s also a long day – and during speeches and all the not-so-exciting (for a kid) parts of a wedding, it’s a good idea to be prepared and have some items on hand for entertainment.

This tutorial for a children’s wedding entertainment kit includes all of the essentials: colouring, activities, bubbles, sweets, games and an activity. Of course, these can be put together depending on the age of the child – for a younger child you might substitute the older child’s activity based items for a picture book and soft toy.

Just remember, entertained children equals relaxed mum and dad guests which in turn, equals a festive and more carefree celebration! So, as we like to say, bring on the crayons!

What You Will Need:
To make one boy and one girl kit. Repeat as necessary.  

  • Brown paper gift bags with blackboard labels
  • Chalk pen
  • 2 x pieces patterned paper
  • Colouring book
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 2 x pieces thick cardboard
  • 4 x miniature wooden pegs
  • Crayons
  • Twine
  • Individual bubbles
  • 2 x miniature keychain games (found at Kmart)
  • Wooden beads
  • Elastic
  • Cellophane bag
  • Mini Snakes & Ladders board game (found at QBD Books)
  • A few small sweets

What To Do:

Step One. Using the ruler and scissors, cut five pages from the colouring book. Cut a piece of thick card slightly bigger than the colouring sheets. Attach the five colouring sheets to the card using the miniature wooden pegs.

Step Two. Choose five crayons in varying colours and tie together with twine.

Step Three. Place a handful of beads into the cellophane bag. Add a few pieces of elastic which has been cut into necklace sized lengths.

Step Four. Organise items for each bag.
Girls: Colouring Pages | Crayons | Miniature Game | Bead Activity | Bubbles | Sweets
Boys: Colouring Pages | Crayons | Miniature Game | Board Game Activity | Bubbles | Sweets

Step Five: Use the chalk pen to write each child’s name on the brown paper bag. Place all the items in the bag. Using the patterned paper, place a piece in each bag for extra decoration.


Ms Chinoiserie Says: Hours of fun; I love the sweet idea of pegging the colouring pages to the cardboard! So easy and simple!