Storified by Arya McLean· Sun, Mar 31 2013 17:14:42
Prawn with cinnamon apples and olive oil is a recipe that requires ingredients in their “primitive state.” According to chef David Moreno who created this recipe, this healthy gourmet food almost has a Paleolithic aspect to it because the apple is shredded at the last minute; the prawn is cooked in its original state, and nothing but a little cinnamon is used to balance out the acidity of the granny smith, which in turn gives balance to the sweetness of the prawn. This is perfect for those who are on a Paleolithic diet. It is really easy to make and takes a few minutes to cook. It makes a light and elegant entrée or a main course for those on the Paleo diet.
Also known as the caveman diet, the hunter-gatherer diet, and the Stone Age diet, the Paleo diet (short for Paleolithic) is a radical nutritional plan with the premise of preparing and consuming only foods that were consumed before the advent of agriculture and processed foods. This is based on the assumption that our ancestors were healthier, leaner, stronger, and faster than us—their modern counterparts—mainly because of their diet and lifestyle. Ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, schizophrenia, and depression are all symptoms or modernity, according to proponents of this diet, and going back in time diet-wise will help alleviate these symptoms. The Paleolithic diet consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, fish, grass-fed meats, and fungi. The plan includes legumes, grains, salt, dairy products, refined sugar, and processed oils. This prawn recipe with apple cinnamon fits the bill to a P.
While this simple recipe is a tad bit primitive in preparation, the presentation of this dish doesn’t have to be. Chef Moreno gives the dish an architectural look, making a round mold of the shredded apple cinnamon and arranging the prawns so they create a beautiful symmetry. He also gives the dish some height by inserting a stick of cinnamon and letting it stand on the apples.