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.
Stepping out in style - More Robert Lorimer: the garden staircase at Hill of Tarvit.
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