Prawn and Chilli Spaghetti

This recipe is my version of Gordon Ramsay’s Lobster Spaghetti.  I used frozen shell-on (but de-veined) tiger prawns and approx. 3 per person if they are very large.  I used tinned chopped tomatoes because the cherry tomatoes available in local shop at the moment are rather hard and not very sweet.  In the summer I will gladly substitute the tinned variety for some cherry tomatoes – and if you do this you need to put them in before the wine and give them a few minutes to soften, helping them to break down by crushing them slightly in the pan.  If the chillis are not very hot then I add another half or so – I like a bit of heat in this dish. [Read more…]

Brown Soda Bread

Brown soda is probably my favorite bread – it is so rustic and simple.  There is no kneading or proving so you can get a loaf ready for the oven in just a few minutes.  I love to eat soda bread with a hot bowl of soup or topped with a slice of crumbly vintage cheddar.   This recipe is based on one I found in Tamasin Day Lewis’ beautiful book West of Ireland Summers, which was sadly out of print the last time I checked. [Read more…]

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