Saturday, August 07, 2010

Quick and dirty grub for writing


King Prawn & Spinach Pasta

[Total preparation and cooking time 10-15 minutes]

This dish is one my writing phase quickies, but it’s also apt at this time [August 2010] because Tesco have had 50% off their raw king prawns for a while. Due to my use of sesame oil, you will find it’s not great with cheese, but you can use olive oil instead and Italian it up…

  • Pasta or Spaghetti (I tend to go with spaghetti myself)
  • Spinach (you can use as much as you want – remember it reduces drastically in volume when cooked)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil King prawns
  • Garlic (minimum 2 cloves)
  • Salad/spring onions (if you cut these very small they go in after the prawns)
  • Fresh chopped or sun dried tomatoes Salt and pepper (according to taste)

  1. Cook and drain the spaghetti/pasta (preferably al dente) and leave in a bowl.
  2. While the spaghetti/pasta is cooking, wash the spinach, chop the garlic and onions and place to one side.
  3. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan, sauté the garlic for a minute then throw in the spring onions (I tend to cut them prawn size and like them tender but you can always add them later). Add in the prawns and stir fry the contents of the frying pan for a minimum of three minutes (make sure the prawns have turned pink) adding the spinach in the last minute.
  4. Toss the stir-fried mixture with the spaghetti/pasta


On hot days I let the dish cool and eat it with fresh chopped tomatoes. On standard English days I eat it hot with sun dried tomatoes. I tend not to use salt (especially when I cook seafood), but I do use loads of fresh ground black pepper/corns.

what i'm reading/listening to

Mary J. Blige - The Breakthrough

Junot Díaz - Drown

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