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anonymously

find someone
anyone
but naïve
vulnerable
a target
to poke
prod
tease
seek the ignition point
await combustion
fire uncertainty
watch the flame
fan it
lead them into the dark
        walk away

First published at ‘Unnerving Magazine’ Issue #17, March 2022
edited by Eddie Generous

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Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Prawns and Basil

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon red curry paste
4 cups pumpkin, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
16 raw king prawns, shelled and deveined
1/2 cup Thai basil
1/4 cup (35g) unsalted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
3 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded

In a saucepan, heat vegetable oil with ¼ cup of the coconut milk.
Add curry paste and stir over low heat for 5 minutes.
Add pumpkin and stock and simmer until pumpkin is cooked. Cool.
Puree in blender then transfer to a saucepan and season with palm sugar and fish sauce.
Add prawns and simmer until just cooked, about 1 minute.
Stir in Thai basil and remaining coconut milk.
Divide prawns between individual serving bowls and garnish with shredded kaffir lime leaves and chopped peanuts.

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