JOANNA'S FOOD: family cooking, from scratch, every day


Friday, July 20, 2007

Quick prawn stew


















Longing to eat something not leftovers from the fridge. Something easy to make after a trip to the cinema (Harry Potter, not recommended, even by the HP fans amongst us). Also longing for fish. And feeling guilty about not having posted anything for Heart of the Matter this month (fish). Made a shopping list to buy straight after tutoring at 3.30. Hopeless - HUGE traffic jam, went to pay the paper bill instead.

They've just begun to stock fish at the village stores, so I bought a large packet of large prawns (this is where the thinking shopper gets into a hopeless muddle: on the one hand, I don't buy gigantic prawns from the other side of the world, but on the other hand, I want to support the local shop as much as I can).

With half an hour to spare before leaving for the cinema, I sweated a couple of chopped onions in olive oil, then added chopped tomatoes left over from the weekend, and beginning to be fit only for the pan. This bubbled away until everyone was ready - in this house there's always five-minutes-hanging-about-in-the-hall waiting-for-the-last-person-to-appear: sometimes me, sometimes my husband (even though he likes to think he's the one doing all the hanging about), frequently one or other or all of the (no longer) children.

When we got back, we ate avocados as the sauce came back up to temperature, and then I threw in the prawns to heat through. We ate it with bread (not home-made, but good). The tang of very plain tomato sauce set off the sweetness of the unfamiliar prawns (we generally eat coldwater prawns from the northeast Atlantic, which are much smaller). Sometimes basic is best.

This is my first entry for this month's Heart of the Matter, which Ilva is hosting at Lucullian Delights - fish, or, rather, anything that swims.

P.S. Some of you may be worrying about cholesterol and seafood, prawns in particular. I've spent a lot of time looking in to this, and the answer is - don't worry. Dietary cholesterol (found in prawns, coffee that's been kept hot on a hotplate - yes, really! - etc) is not a problem in a heart-healthy diet. The cholesterol that's a problem is that which your body makes as a result of processing saturated fats. So seafood is fine - no saturated fat, indeed no fat at all.

6 comments:

Cottage Smallholder said...

That looks delicious, Joanna. Lovely clean food. I think that I'll try it at the weekend.

D is convinced he is Head Hangabout here. I often hang about but this is not obvious as I fill the time doing something while I am waiting!

SueCooksWild said...

Beautiful picture! Just bought some shrimp that would work well prepared like that. Too bad about the movie. I had heard some other comments to that effect also from a friend.

Joanna said...

Yes, I think that's where I go wrong, too, whereas other people (naming no names) are apt to start reading a book, or doing the crossword, before even thinking about shutting a window or locking a door!

Tonight's little jaunt is to get the final book at midnight, although luckily I don't have to join in that one. The film wasn't great, although at least I could understand the plot this time, which was more than I could last time (I must have glazed over at some vital moment!). But it was good seeing Emma Watson, who plays Hermione, as she used to be in Lettice's class at school, and I like to follow her acting progress - we all thought she was one of the best things in the film last night, but that may well be old loyalties playing their part!

Joanna

katiez said...

That looks lovely... over rice or, maybe, quinoa, I'm thinking. Much as I love it we tend not to eat a lot of bread.... because we would eat a LOT of bread...
I love simple tomato sauces!

Africantapestry said...

Just once again it goes to show...so simple, so good!The best in life dresses itself in simplicity. This looks delicious, I'll skip on the avocado's while waiting though, could never eat them, pity...
Ronell

Ronell said...

I'm sorry Joanna, I logged in with the wrong address above...
Ronell