I’m reading a book called The Happiness Project for book club at the moment. It’s an interesting look at how the author tried to improve their life to be the best it can be over 12 months. Each month relates to a different part of her life.
Reading the book, I’ve thought a lot about what makes me happy. Things that have made me happy this week include.. Speaking to my oldest friend on the phone for so long that my face overheats. Standing by our pizza oven with a cup of tea in the rain, listening to the pop and crackle of the fire. Re-organising my baking cupboard (did you see the mess?!). The anticipation of Jack Bauer* coming back onto our TV screens. My babies kissing each other goodnight and howling with laughter playing hide and seek. Oh and cake. Of course, cake (as always) has made me very happy.
*(I’ve loved Jack for longer than I’ve loved my husband. Everything I know about fighting crime and escaping baddies and disarming bombs comes from Jack.)
I suppose I’ve realised it’s the simple things. This simple little dish makes me happy.
It reminds me of a certain holiday to Spain. I’d just met the man who was going to end up being my Mr, he was off on a work trip to Barbados (don’t even get me started. He calls it ‘work’. Pfftt..) I went away on a last minute break with a friend. There was sunshine and Sangria and laughter and a lot of these hot, spicy prawns.
I’m not sure if this is in any way authentic, but I won’t tell if you don’t. It is the ultimate fast food. Serve it with a little salad and some good bread.
It’s so quick, there’s time to knock it up in between episodes of 24. That’s got to make anyone happy, right?
(Dunking is totally the best bit…)
- 300g Raw king prawns
- 2 Tablespoons Olive oil (not Extra Virgin)
- 1 Chopped red chilli (leave the seeds in if you like it hot)
- 2 Cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
- Salt and chopped flat leaf parsley to serve
- In a small frying pan, heat your oil until it's almost smoking.
- Add your chilli, garlic and prawns.
- Cook until the prawns are pink all over, moving the pan around so that the garlic doesn't burn.
- Sprinkle with salt and parsley.
What makes you happy? Is it prawns, chilli and Jack Bauer?
PS. I have been shortlisted for these whopping great big BiB awards, in the Food category. If this recipe made your mouth water, please can I trouble you to vote for me? It takes 2 minutes and it would make my day. Thanks so much!