Monday, October 6, 2008

Garidomakaronada with Ouzo and Fresh Tomato

When you read the title of this post, you may be forgiven if your first thought is, "Eh?" Don't worrry, I don't know what it means either, but I do know that it describes a delicious prawn pasta recipe that I found via Happy Cook at My Kitchen Treasures, but which was originally from here by Greek-Canadian Peter at Kalofagas.

This is seriously delicious if you like seafood and pasta. The only variations that I made were to rip the heads off the prawns before serving (I don't like bug-eyed prawns gawping at me), to use ground chilli instead of chilli flakes (because for the number of times that I would use chilli flakes, it wasn't worth buying any), and to substitute parsley with coriander (because I already had some).

It also gave me the opportunity to use some of the ouzo that my lovely Greek friend Ivy of Kopiaste sent to me a few months back. I am glad that I never tried to drink that stuff, because it nearly knocked me out with its licorice-like smell when I added it to the pasta. Whatever it might be like straight, the ouzo blends in really well in this recipe.

Me liked this very much!!


Peter M said...

I'm so pleased that you tried and enjoyed the dish. Thanks you so much!

The ouzo really works in here and it mellows once the alcohol in it burns off.

May I have those prawns' heads? lol

Dee said...

I don't think I've ever tried ouzo - I'm not a fan of licorice but if Peter's right, I'll try and scare up a bottle if I can. Thanks for the recipe.

Rosie said...

Oh this dish really does look good. I adore pasta and seafood this would be sheer heaven for me.

Rosie x

Cakelaw said...

Hi Peter, I'll wrap those heads off and send 'em your way ;) Thanks for the great recipe.

Hi Dee, I love licorice, but the smell of ouzo still scares me. However, the flavour is not strong in this dish, and blends right in - very good indeed.

Hi Rosie - then this one is for you!