Monday 14 May 2012

A Challenge of a Lifetime (Prawn, Tomato & Chilli Spaghetti)

This weekend I did one of the hardest things I have ever done. My friend Kaj and I pushed our bodies to their limit by taking part in the Moonwalk. A 26.2 mile walk through the night, in aid of breast cancer. Now I know what you’re thinking, what on earth has this got to do with food? Well right this moment not a lot! I promise I will make it relevant later but for now I am so proud of myself I need to spend a few moments blowing my own trumpet. I'm not going to lie to you, it wasn't easy and we've definitely got a few aches and pains to prove it. I know walking a marathon is not as hard as running one, but it wasn’t the distance that was the hardest part of this challenge, it was the timing. Walking through the night is a killer! At about 3 am your body starts to hibernate and you feel incredibly cold, no matter how well dressed you are. And that’s when it hits you, you’re only at the 13 mile marker and everything you’ve done so far you still have to do again!

Although I suspect I probably won't do something like this again I am really glad I've had the opportunity to do it once. It was an amazing night and definitely one of my biggest achievements. So far we've managed to raise over £1000 for this incredible cause, but there's still time to donate, so please help us raise even more by clicking on the link below:

I’d also like to use this opportunity to say a few quick thank yous. Firstly to my walking partner Kaj. You made the night so much fun. Without you and those snickers bars I’m not sure I could have made it to the finish line. Next, to N and to all my family and friends, thank you for your generous support, both and financially and otherwise! In particular a special thanks to my mum for doing such a spectacular job in decorating our bras. And finally thanks to the 30,000 men and women who donned their bras and walked the walk with us. You are all an inspiration. I hope the money we have collectively raised helps change the lives of thousands of people diagnosed with breast cancer every year.
And now for the important bit…the pre-walk meal. I needed something quick so I could spend my day resting rather than cooking but it also had to be filling enough to get me through the night. There was no question in my mind, it had to be pasta. I made my special prawn, tomato and chilli spaghetti, it worked a treat! The key thing about this dish is that the spaghetti is cooked in the sauce rather than cooked separately and then added at the end. It increases the flavour immensely (and also saves on washing up)! Please note, this dish does not have to be saved for the night before a marathon, it can bit eaten and enjoyed any night of the week!

Prawn, Tomato and Chilli Spaghetti
(serves 2 | total prep and cooking time approximately 20 minutes)


2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ an onion – diced

2 cloves of garlic – chopped finely

3 tomatoes – chopped

1 stock cube (chicken or vegetable) dissolved in 500ml boiling water

¼ teaspoon paprika

¼ - ½ teaspoon mild green chilli – finely chopped

150g dry spaghetti

200g cooked king prawns

Fresh parsley

2 lemon wedges


·         Heat the oil in a saucepan on a medium heat

·         Cook the onions for about 5 minutes until they soften

·         Add the garlic and cook for a few more minutes

·         Add the tomatoes, paprika, chilli and stock

·         Stir in the uncooked pasta, bring to the boil and cook for about 8 minutes

·         Add in the cooked prawns and stir. Cook for a further 3 or 4 minutes or until the pasta is cooked

·         Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges


  1. Just want to say Thank you to Preeti, as having completed the Moon walk with her I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of eating this dish prior to the start. It was delicious and really filling. Can't wait to try the dish myself. Thanks again Preeti. Your a star! Kaj x

  2. Well done on your walk, what an amazing achIevement! This recipe sounds like something I eat at a local restaurant, I can't wait to try it at home.

  3. Wonderful recipe, loved it and very impressed with your Moonwalk. It sounds like an ordeal but well done for completing it. Keep the blogs coming please, I am fast becoming a fan of this blog.

  4. Well done on doing the moonwalk! This is a great blog. More fish recipies please!!

  5. Well done Preeti, proud of you! Hats off to you my girl. Every little helps and you've done very well, keep it up.


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