This blog is dying, isn't it?
I wish I had a good enough excuse for the absence, or even an exciting one, like being on holiday. Truth is, I've been lazy. And I was working a bit too. But mainly lazy.
This is not one of those blogs where you get loads of personal stories. I prefer talking about food rather than myself - well, on the blog at least! But you're about to get some chat about something that is close to my heart.
I love wireless internet. Sometimes I wonder what life was like before you could have the internet in your bedroom, in your toilet, in the kitchen, surfing before going to sleep and first thing in the morning. Sad, right? Well, everyone's got their addictions.
Anyway, two weeks ago the wireless broke for reasons that are far too geeky for me to fully understand. I thought a bit of detox would be good but in the end what suffered the most was the blog.
You see, I'm sitting in the living room at the moment writing this. At the same time, I'm watching the football with a few friends and drinking a Belgian triple. This little insight into my evening might explain a lot about the quality of this blog but I quite like the multitasking, even if I'm quite bad at it!
Now that I'm reunited with my love, I thought I'd finally share a recipe with the world. It's very simple and perfect for the summer. It's best done using fresh raw prawns, with the shell on. What I do when I find them is to get rid of the shell on the body, leaving the head and the tail on; that way, peeling while eating is really easy and you also get all the lovely seafood flavours from the shells during cooking. Also, use fresh tomatoes if you have some big, red, juicy ones.
I'm sure there are many variations of this recipe, this is just the way I do it, having put together my favourite bits from recipes I used over the years.
Prawn Spaghetti with Feta Cheese
Ingredients (serves 2)
200 gr fresh big prawns
a splash of balsamic vinegar
1 onion, chopped
1 chilli (without the seeds if you don't like it too spicy), finely chopped
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 courgette, thinly sliced (optional)
1 cup of fresh tomatoes, skinned and processed until smooth (or finely chopped tomatoes)
a pinch of oregano
salt, pepper, olive oil
250 gr dried spaghetti
crumbled feta to serve
In a large frying pan, heat a splash of olive oil and fry the prawns until pink, turning half way. When cooked, add some balsamic vinegar and wait for a couple of minutes until it evaporates. Remove the prawns and set aside.
Using the same pan, fry the onions in a little olive oil until soft. Gradually add the chilli, the peppers and the courgettes and cook for 5-10 minutes. When the vegetables have softened, add the tomatoes and a bit of water, as well as the seasoning, and cook until the sauce has thickened and the courgettes are cooked through.
Boil some pasta and while that's cooking, add the prawns back in the sauce for 5 minutes. Serve with some crumbled feta cheese on top.