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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Choose your own (pasta) adventure

Knowing I had shrimp in the freezer, and that I would be embarking on a deluxe, complicated meal later this week (stay tuned!), I decided to make one of my favorite pasta dishes, that I invented myself. It's based on a lemon pepper prawn fettuccine in white sauce they used to serve at this pub near the first office I worked in. The girls I worked with and I used to go there every Friday for lunch. That was back in the day when I was a receptionist, and remembering it makes me feel proud that my career has gone the way it has. Anyway, I digress:

Hot Lemon Pepper Prawn Pasta

1 cup orzo (or to taste)
12-15 prawns
1/2 lemon
1 small Roma tomato
2 cloves garlic
1/2 small yellow onion
hot sauce
sea salt
fresh ground black pepper
grated Parmesan cheese

Defrost or prepare prawns. Cook orzo until al dente or to taste, drain and set aside. In a frying or sauce pan, heat finely chopped onion and garlic in high quality olive oil. Once brown, add the prawns and fresh squeezed lemon juice, sea salt, pepper and hot sauce, reduce. Pour over orzo, top with tomato and sprinkle with Parmesan.

I have found something odd lately: if I chop onions in larger pieces, I don't cry, but if I chop them fine, I practically weep. There is a wonderful book called "Like Water for Chocolate" that recommends you put a piece of onion on your head to keep from crying. I haven't tried it yet for one reason, and that is I can't stand the thought of my hair smelling like onion. If I have one vanity, it's that I like to smell nice.

This makes the kitchen smell wonderful as well as taste delicious. Prawns were made for lemon and garlic, it's a holy trinity as far as I'm concerned. It's good every once in awhile, in the midst of trying new things, to come back to old favorites that you can make in your sleep without measuring a thing. Enjoy this or your own version.


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