A truly delicious pasta dish doesn’t need more than a few ingredients and this Tomato, Garlic and Prawn Spaghetti is proof of that. If you are a garlic lover, then this one is for you.
This recipe is for, and inspired by, Izzie aka Coriander Queen. We sadly lost one of our blogging friends recently, who died after a long battle, aged just 29. This post is our little way of saying goodbye.
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The blogging world is a funny little world. A world inside the computer, where it can feel really lonely and competitive at times. But, if you look, and find the right little group, it can be such a wonderful and supportive community and that is what I am lucky enough to have found, and I am happy that Izzie was a part of it.
Whilst we never met in person, the same with a lot of bloggers that I would still call friends, we commented on each other’s blogs, chatted over social media and made friends in a Facebook group for food bloggers.
Bloggers share a bond that not many people can relate to. That drive to work 18 hours a day on something you are worried people might not even read, the laughter at some of the requests and questions we get, the need to bake Christmas cookies in the middle of July so a client can sign off on it in time for the festive season, the kitchen fails, the recipe wins, the social media frenzy, the work-life balance and the eternal battle of trying to lose a few pounds whilst working around food. Even though we don’t have co-workers so to speak, the knowledge that there is a supportive little bunch out there is what keeps us going through the 50th photo edit of the day. That and coffee and aforementioned Christmas cookies.
As I say, I only knew Izzie from her life online and what she chose to share with the world, but she was a beautiful and positive soul who never seemed to let things get her down. We knew she had a battle on her hands, but her passing still came as a shock. So young, so much adventure ahead of her and so many more of her delicious recipes to create.But, that’s the great thing about having a blog, it is your legacy, a little part of you will always live on. So, Izzie, we recreated one of your recipes here to carry on the tastiness that you created in the kitchen and as a little way to say goodbye. You will be deeply missed and I hope that wherever you are, you are cooking up a storm xxx
Izzie’s cooking style was much like our own, simple and fresh flavours and that is evident from this recipe. It reminds me of something that I ate in an Italian restaurant when we were in Mykonos – the prawns and the garlic are the main flavours, as they should be. You don’t need to add any cheese to this, and I was once told off by an Italian for pairing fish and cheese together. Ooops.
The only changes I have made to Izzie’s recipe are that I used double the garlic because, well, we love a lot of garlic. I think that if something has garlic in the title then I want it to be bursting with garlic. Feel free to halve it if you aren’t as obsessed with it as us or you are making it for someone you haven’t been dating very long.
I also added some lemon juice and zest to it to make it a little more saucy and because I think that prawns and lemon go so well together.
- 140 g spaghetti
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 150 g prawns
- 15 cherry tomatoes, half of them chopped in half and the others left whole
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
Put the spaghetti in to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the oil to a frying pan and gently heat on low. Add the garlic, tomatoes and prawns and gently cook for 3 minutes
Drain the spaghetti and add to the tomato mixture, add the lemon juice and zest, salt and pepper and mix well. Serve.
As a blogging community, we all decided to pick one of Izzie’s recipes to recreate and post them at the same time, so her legacy will always live on. You can see all the other bloggers recipes below.
Blogger’s recreations of Izzie’s recipes:
Easy 5 ingredient pesto tomato tart on Amuse Your Bouche (vegetarian)
Globe artichoke with balsamic dip on Natural Kitchen Adventures (vegan)
Cider, apple and sausage casserole on Farmersgirl Kitchen
Chocolate orange oat bars on Veggie Desserts (vegan)
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on Tin and Thyme (vegetarian)
Arancini (risotto balls) on Coffee & Vanilla (vegetarian)
Rich coffee cupcakes on BakingQueen74 (vegetarian)
Gingerbread cupcakes with orange buttercream on The Veg Space (vegan)
Marmalade and ginger loaf cake on The Crafty Larder (vegetarian)
Ginger and oat cookies on Kavey Eats (vegetarian)
Amatriciana pasta on Kitchen Sanctuary
Treacle tart on Patisserie Makes Perfect (vegetarian)
Crispy fried halloumi on Supper In The Suburbs (vegetarian)
Chocolate fridge cake on Jo’s Kitchen (vegetarian)
Chocolate almond butter cookies on Rough Measures (vegetarian)
Eggless chocolate chip cookies on Simply Sensational Food (vegetarian)
Boozy decadent hot chocolate on Fab Food 4 All (vegetarian)
Best coriander / cilantro recipes on Fuss Free Flavours (some vegetarian)
Elderflower and vodka cocktail slush on The Hedgecombers (vegetarian)
Fruit flapjacks on The Petite Cook (vegan)
Lemon drizzle loaf cake on Penne For Your Thoughts (vegetarian)
Chicken ramen on It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
Stuffed Nutella cookies on Munchies And Munchkins (vegetarian)
Easy Berry Compote on Eats Amazing (vegetarian)
Caipirinha on Lovely Appetite (vegetarian)
Easy gingerbread popcorn snack on Celery & Cupcakes (vegetarian)
Easy no bake blackberry cheesecakes on Casa Costello (vegetarian)