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Every Girl Needs A Go-To Recipe

We all have our favorite things… our go-to’s. From ‘skinny’ jeans, to never fail concealers, the perfect shade of lipgloss, to those heels that make our legs look lusciously long. But I think it’s also important to have a staple in the kitchen, the dish you can whip up when you need to be impressive at a moments notice! 

A few years ago I got this Jamie Oliver recipe from a friend, it was the first meal I ever made for Chris (don’t they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?) and he’s still here… so it obviously works!

Because it’s the first thing I ever cooked for Chris, it’s one of those special things for us. Yesterday, to celebrate Valentine’s Day, I planned a night in with three course dinner, delicious wine, a great dvd and no mobile phones! We both said this morning what a lovely night it was – and how much we enjoyed just spending quality time together. It always amazes me how food can conjure so many memories, remind us of something special and take us back to a moment in time. I’d love to share with you one of the dishes that does this for me, it’s also super delish and easy to make – so I hope you enjoy trying it too!

Our Valentine’s Day dinner last night


450g spaghetti or fettuccine
2 red chillies, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
500g peeled raw prawns
270g sun-dried tomatoes blitzed in a blender
2 lemons (juice, zest and wedge)
1 small glass white wine
2 handfuls of rocket
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt


To start, boil the water and begin cooking 450g of spaghetti in salted boiling water. 

While your pasta is cooking, heat some extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan and add the garlic and chilli. Just as the garlic begins to brown, add the prawns and sauté them for a minute. Add the small glass of white wine and sun-dried tomato purée, then simmer for a few minutes. Finally, add a generous squeeze of lemon juice, a little salt and some pepper.
When the pasta is ready, drain it in a colander. 
You can choose to toss the spaghetti with the sauce, or I plate the pasta with the sauce on top. To garnish, add some rocket leaves, grated lemon zest and a lemon wedge on the side.
Serve and enjoy!
I hope you love this recipe as much as we do, if you have any questions please let me know – I’d be more than happy to help you create this delish dish!
What’s your go-to meal?  Do you have something that reminds you of a special time in your life?
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P.S  I’ve also linked this up to YOLO Mondays!



  1. I love how that recipe is fancy, and presents well, but is simple to prepare. How sweet to have a special memory that you can create again and again!

  2. That is beautiful! and looks so yummy! Def will have to try!
    My go-to dish is quiche. It is simple and easy always turns out so good! Plus the boy loves anything that is breakfast like, so the eggs are perfect!

  3. You cook too? jeez girl! The pasta sounds amazing! Maybe I will try it out for dinner on Sunday! I don’t know what it is about Sunday that makes me want to cook :) glad you had a good valentines day!

  4. This recipe is totally yummy <3
    Noor @ Noor’s Place
    Win a pair of Glasses

  5. this looks delicious — I’ll have to try this one! xo

  6. Love this recipe, will definitely have to try it. I would love it if you would like my blog Vodka Infused Lemonade on facebook.


  7. I love pasta dishes, and this surely looks yummy!

  8. oh my goodness this looks delish! and what a pretty presentation!

  9. That recipe looks and sounds amazing! How romantic that you made it for your man on Valentine’s Day!


  10. omg i’m salivating!
    the dinner’s photos are delicious!

    with love,

  11. Yum that sounds Devine.

    Bonnie Rose
    The Compass Blog

  12. This recipe sounds delishhhhh! A must make and needs to go on my pinterest board! :) I’m running a giveaway over on my blog – hope you’ll come by and enter it!
    Nikki at

    {Enter My Giveaway for a Monogram Leather Clutch Here!}

  13. I love Jamie Oliver, I have several of his cookbooks. I love his kitchen too.

  14. Holy cannoli that looks awesome! I bet my hubs would love it too!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Courtney @ Simply Selman

  15. What a delicious dinner & thanks for sharing links off to visit!


  16. I had a very similar Valentines Day– meal and all :) It was perfect and it looks like yours was, too! That looks amazing!!!

  17. That dish was definitely mad to impress!!! That looks delicious and so fancy (like restaurant fancy!). My go to dish used to be chicken marsala but now I have to say it’s my clam chowder. We seriously make it like once a week and we eat it all in 2 days (even though I make a ton).
    What is rocket? I’ve never heard of that.
    Thanks for introducing your sponsor Lindsay I am so excited to get to know her, and if she is similar to you, I know I’ll love her blog!

  18. Well that looks absolutely delicious!! I love that it had sentimental value for you two as well, makes it all just a little bit sweeter to share :)

    Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe! Making me hungry just looking at it!

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am already following you via GFC!! Have a lovely rest-of-weekend!! :)


    Jean {What Jean Likes}

  19. I agree with all the comments above-it looks super delicious!!!!!!!!!! Photos are mouthwatering,it’s a midnight and I feel hungry now:)

  20. Stopping by from YOLO Mondays. Thanks for sharing! That recipe looks amazing! I will definitely be stopping in more often.

    Southern Love/City Lights

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  22. YUM! I love anything with SunDried Tomatoes!

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