Sea Food – and eat it…


We love Seafood, anything from a bag of golden battered fish and chips, to an oyster, still dripping from the sea – and everything in between – yum😍

We recently had a lovely week in Portugal, where we had the best BBQ’d Sardines we,ve ever tried, they were just grilled each side and served in a heap with lemon wedges – simple, but amazing.  Another dish we loved was Octopus, the tentacles were 2-3 inches thick, boiled then cut into small pieces, shaken in polenta and flash fried, so tender it was like eating top quality lobster – drooling at the memory.

Anyway, back on the sunny Isle of Wight, we shall be having a simple spaghetti dish, with prawns, chopped coriander and a lovely lemony dressing – with a side salad. This is one dish that all my kids would eat when they were young, without moaning 🙄

I buy frozen large prawns from Aldi, and a pack of their spaghetti, this will feed 4 hungry adults minimum for less than a fiver – add a bit of garlic bread and salad, there would be enough for 6 easily.

One of the daft things that amuse me is cooking spaghetti in the Thermomix, I love seeing it spin round in circles and it sinks into the boiling water – I know, I need to get out more 🤓


I start with the sauce, use a big pan (I use a chefs pan, but have used a large frying pan or a wok before) finely chopped onion and garlic, gently fried in olive oil with a pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper, till translucent, add a splash of vermouth, or white wine or even dry sherry, and the grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, cook down a little, I then add about 1 pint of chicken stock (use prawn shells to make fresh stock if using she’ll in prawns) – reduce down by a third or so.


At this point, you could turn it off and leave it for a while, as the last bit is all a rush. When you are ready, get the spaghetti on, and when nearly cooked (al dente), drain. At this point I add the prawns and a knob of butter to the hot sauce, taste, season, add a bit more lemon etc till it’s ‘right’, then tip the hot, drained spaghetti into the pan, and gently toss together, I use a spaghetti server and a fork to mix the sauce through the spaghetti – sprinkle in the chopped coriander and a quick mix more and it’s ready to serve 🤗


Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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