July 21, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 5:03 pm

It’s a miracle!

 Goon is Cooking

Yes, Goon is cooking! I think it has been at least 6 months since he last tried cooking properly and, even then, I had to take over.

The reason for this suprising occurence is a rather nasty bug that hit me on Tuesday. It really was horrible. I ended up spending most of the day on the sofa in pain. By the evening I was in pain and hungry. Goon’s first suggestion was take-away but there was no way I wanted junk food then.

Goon wasn’t too keen on the idea of cooking. He likes to have precise, failsafe instructions for preparing food and not many of my cookbooks are very good for that. They are mostly a collection of Borders £3 bargains (great for inspiration rather than reliable recipes) and  more difficult material that I like to use to challenge myself.  

The only option was for me to invent something for him to cook. In the end I adapted some instructions for a UKTV lobster dish to make an easy recipe ofr linguine with tomato based seafood sauce.

He followed it pretty well! If he hadn’t kept getting distracted by the TV, he might have managed it all himself, but I had to run in, stir and add liquid a few times to save it when the crummy cop show on telly got too exciting for Goon. :roll:

Simple Linguine with a Crab and Prawn Sauce

Ingredients (for one Goon and one ill and hungry person)

  • 1 tin (approx 175g drained) crabmeat
  • 200g shelled, cooked king prawns 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 or 3 green birds eye chillies, roughly chopped
  •  a thumb sized piece of ginger root, crushed
  • 1 small glass white wine
  • 1 Goon sized handful (it’s a BIG hand) of coriander leaf, roughly chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes in their own juice
  • Olive oil (quite a lot)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 225g dried linguine
  • more coriander to garniish

Put the pasta to boil in plenty of salted water. 

Fry the garlic gently in about 1 tbsp of  olive oil. When it is soft add the crushed ginger, the chopped green chillies, the tomatoes and the white wine. Let these simmer for a while. 

If a Goon is cooking this, make sure you turn the TV off at this point, or disaster may follow.

Once the pasta has cooked, toss it in just enough olive oil to coat it and set it aside.

When the tomato sauce is thick, stir in a large handful of chopped coriander. Taste and add salt, pepper and more coriander and tomato puree if necessary. (I had to do this bit- Goon doesn’t trust his tastebuds.) 

Stir in the white crabmeat and the king prawns. Mix it up thoroughly with the linguine, warm it through, and serve, garnished with more coriander.


And the result?

crab and prawn linguine

It tasted very good indeed! 

The best thing about this, is that it has encouraged Goon to cook some more. This could be really useful because I’ll probably need a few nights out of the kitchen when my job starts. My plan is to try and make Goon cook something simple once a week. I’ve already found that some of the recipes in my Nigel Slater books might be suitable for him. If those work out well, I might even go and pick up Delia’s cookery course and see what he makes of it.


  1. Ohhh yum, what a smashing idea. However - 225g of linguine? Is that all?! :) Hope you’re over your bug now.

    Comment by Schmoofaloof — July 23, 2007 @ 3:25 pm

  2. Sorry to hear you’ve been ill, Ros, I’m assuming you feel better now you can blog. You can congratulate Goon personally for me for getting his hands dirty for once! The more confidence he gets from physically cooking for you, as well as (hopefully) the praise you give him when he gets it right, the more he’ll do it (again, hopefully). I say get out the Nigel Slater and get him in the kitchen!

    So now that he can finally cook for himself, you might want to teach him a thing or two on the subject of fashion ;-)

    Comment by Trig — July 23, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

  3. Weird, I just replied to a comment you left me about a crab spaghetti recipe I use. This sounds really good though, better than mine so I think I’ll try this next time.

    Hope you’re feeling better :)


    Comment by Ginger — July 23, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

  4. sorry 2 say lyk but it luks absolutely disgusting lmao lol

    Comment by foxy roxy — July 29, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  5. Please be advised that the above comment can be translated to:

    “Sorry to say this, however it looks absolutely disgusting. I can emphasize how awful I think it looks by saying that I am Laughing My Ass Off and Laughing Out Loud.”

    In Response:

    “rotfl i ck btr dan u, yo” (Translates to: I cook better than you)

    “dnt be dissin ma cookin” (Translates to: Please don’t insult my cooking)

    There is not a word that I can possibly type that will be more entertaining than the comment above.

    Where people like that come from, I have no idea.

    I am slowly beginning to lose faith in (wo)man kind.

    Comment by Andy — July 29, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

  6. Well done Goon! And Ros - LOL because we appear to be dating/married to the same person! When NIck cooks I also have to dive in occasionally as he gets distracted by the umpteenth CSI show or something with Clint Eastwood on TV… This recipe looks like a pasta dish I make with tinned salmon and sounds great. Maybe it’s something for Nick to try ;-) And hope you are by now well over your bug!

    Comment by Jeanne — August 29, 2007 @ 11:26 am

  7. nice dish goon! I’m trying this tomorrow guys!

    Comment by Copycat Recipes — February 28, 2008 @ 3:45 am

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