Thursday, 18 March 2010

Blessings from Above

I have so many things to be grateful for over the last week. I should be falling apart after all the tragedies which have come my way, but thanks to the prayer, love and support of friends and family, I am doing very well.

My step-son was involved in a very serious motor-cycle accident, which really shocked us all. It was an extremely emotional time for our whole family. I am pleased to say that he is doing so much better now, although it will be a very long road to recovery.

As you can imagine, cooking was not top of my priority list, and for the last week I have been eating very sporadically. Now that things have started to settle, I decided to pull out a few stops and make a fantastic meal, even though I was only cooking for one.

Fresh Tagliatelle with Pesto and Garlic and Chilli Prawns
Serves 2

300g Cleaned Prawn Tails
1 Green Chilli
1 Garlic Clove
Oil for Frying

Fry all the ingredients on medium heat until the prawns are cooked through.

3 Cups Basil ( I used purple basil, fresh from my garden)
1 Cup Parsley (also from my garden)
½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
50g Lightly toasted Pine-nuts (toasted in dry non-stick frying pan)
Juice of 1 -2 lemons (this you have to judge by taste)
2 Garlic Cloves
Olive Oil (this you have to judge by consistency required)
Salt and Pepper

Place all the ingredients in a food processor - except the oil.
Start whizzing the machine and slowly start adding the oil.
Once you think you have the right consistency, you need to taste and adjust the seasoning and acidity to taste.

Cook the pasta as per the instructions.
Drain the pasta, and stir in as much pesto as you require.
Top with the cooked prawns and serve.


Adele @ WillworkforBiltong said...

Rose, you're in my thoughts. May you find all the strength you need to get through this.

Kit said...

I hope he recovers quickly and that you all get to leave the stress behing you soon.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm so sorry to read about your step-son's accident. Every time I see someone on a motorcycle I shudder because my nephew was hurt seriously on one also when he was only 16. Thankfully, he recovered fully and I hope the same your step-son.

Wonderful pasta meal that I am copying and saving when my fresh basil is in season this summer!

Elle said...

Rose, keeping your step-son in my thoughts. It's very difficult to be the injured one, but also hard to be the one watching. Wishing him a full recovery and as little pain as possible.
That is a wonderful dish! Love the gorgeous green of the noodles...such nice contrast to the shrimp. Yum!

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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