Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Two little reminders, Spaghetti with Prawns and Chilli and Upside down Pear and Gingercake


This trying new meals all the time, means that I forget to cook some of my most favourite meals. Last night with a bag of raw prawns in the freezer, store cupboard ingredients of pasta, sun-dried tomatoes and dried chilli, and some nearly past it rocket in the fridge, I was reminded of this simple and vibrant seafood pasta. The recipe uses spaghetti but I used fusilli in the unusual absence of spaghetti. I added a little grating of lemon rind and some tomato puree as well as a little of the cooking water from the pasta to make a richer sauce this time. As Rachel has decided prawns is on her dislike list now, I removed the prawns and added tuna for her instead. 

For a reminder of the recipe, http://goodfoodandredshoes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/spaghetti-with-prawns-and-chilli.html


I have had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, helping my mum with the last minute preparations for a lunch she was having for good friends. It meant my mum could relax and enjoy the meal more while I kept an eye on things in the kitchen. Eating leftovers of smoked salmon pâté and drinking cava, not bad for a Tuesday afternoon. I offered to make my mum a pudding. What could be nicer than sticky warm gingerbread? I forgot that it was pears in the recipe and only had pineapple in the cupboard, but I couldn't see any reason why this wouldn't be as delicious. On removing the pudding from the tin, a big chunk was left behind. A little manoeuvre with a knife and a bit of pressing together, it still looked good. Luckily there was a little piece left over for me, just checking the quality of course.

For a reminder of this recipe,http://goodfoodandredshoes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/i-made-this-dessert-last-night-for-meal.html



15 comments:

  1. I'm not complaining that I have been fortunate to eat close to 300 different meals in just over a year, but it is great to go back to some of the best ones. Anything with prawns and a bit of spice I love.
    Having watched the pineapple pudding leave the house with Sal, left only with the mouth watering smells I could only hope there would be some left. Sure enough a piece returned. I think the pineapple version is even better than the pear one !

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    1. I guess you must be Sally's lucky husband ! Are you both from Poole ?

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    2. We are both from the North east of England, Steve collects Poole Pottery from the 1930's, hence the name.

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    3. And Steve, instead of making the ginger and pear pudding and taking it elsewhere, which I have done both times now, I will make you one of your own soon.

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    4. I understand now. Like that period too.

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  2. I never forgot you, Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake

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    1. Thats beef in ale and pear and ginger cake if you come for dinner then.

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  3. Salut! J'adore manger aussi des ananas et des poires! But I do not understand why the English turn the cake upside down?! J'aime beaucoup manger une crêpe au sirop d'érable ou au citron. Vous aussi?! Rachel, manger au moins cinq fruits et légumes par jour! Au revoir.

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    1. It's one of the first things we learn in cookery classes, the need to make upside down cakes always stays with us.

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  4. I am going away with friends to a cottage with no wifi this half term so I have been printing off some of your recipes. Your earlier posts don't have the 'print recipe' button ? so they don't seem to format when printing. Is this something you can apply to the earlier posts ? If it is tricky then don't worry. I have got round it by doing a screen grab with my iPad which puts the image in saved photos for later. Please don't take this comment as a criticism though, your blog is fantastic ! Alison.

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    1. I also ment to add that the photography is excellent throughout your blog, making the food even more appertising ! Alison

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    2. and Alison, if you can get Google Docs (now Drive) onto your iPad (which I think you can via an app), it has Optical Character Recognition technology to convert text in photos to editable text docs.

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    3. Lost me there I'm afraid. Screen grab works great and can zoom in too. Ideal.

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  5. Hi Alison, I have only recently added the print recipe to the blog and unfortunately I would have to go through every recipe if I wanted to put it on each one. I would be really happy to add it to the recipes that you want to take away with you, that won't take too long. I'll double check them too, I'm always worried that I will have missed out a vital ingredient. I have done that a couple of times. Alternatively the screen grab idea is a good one, if the recipe is not too long. I do that with recipes from the Good Food website. Sally
    And thank you for the compliment on the photography, Steve takes most of the photos for me.

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    1. No worries Sally the screen grab works great !
      Lovely that Steve takes photos and supports your blog too ! You make a great team clearly.
      Off to school run now, Alison

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