Maybe we’re biased, but we truly feel there’s no better place to be right now than Cape Town. There’s that salty summer scent in the air, endless casual street food style eateries, and hole-in-the-wall hatches serving deep fried fish and chips freshly caught in the flourishing oceans.
A mere 25 minutes north of the Mother City you’ll find a compact world of unspoiled beauty, quaint fishing villages, and rich cultural history. The Cape West Coast is where Denise Cowburn-Levy (author of the newly-released cookbook Around My Table and co-owner of The Kitchen Collective) was inspired to create her West Coast mixed shellfish rice recipe, and the recipe makes a meal as spectacular as the place it captures.
Seared prawn linguini topped with rocket & tomatoes
- 1 cup baby tomatoes
- 3 T butter
- 2 T good olive oil
- 4 cloves grated garlic
- 500 g large prawns in the shell deveined and cut in half lengthwise (about 20; we recommend our 700g pack of giant tiger prawns)
- ¼ T freshly ground black pepper
- 1 lemon juiced and zested
- Pinch chili flakes to taste
- 1½ cups chicken or prawn stock
- 1 packet fresh rocket
- 1 cup flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
- Bring a large pot of water to the boil, add 1 teaspoon of salt and then the linguine and cook according to the directions on the package.
- Keep back 1 cup of the pasta water when draining the pasta, which can be used to loosen the sauce if necessary.
- Now melt 1 teaspoon of the butter and 1 teaspoon of olive oil over high heat in a heavy based frying pan and add the tomatoes, tossing the pan and allowing them to blister slightly on the outside and then set these aside.
- Add another splash of olive oil, if needed, and a teaspoon of butter to the pan and add the halved prawns, shell side down first, and sauté until the shells have just turned pink. Turn over and cook the other side, and add the garlic into the mix at this stage, stirring well, being careful not to burn.
- Add the stock to the cooked prawns and warm through.
- Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice and chili flakes and stir.
- Add the cooked linguini to the prawns and sauce, toss well, then add the tomatoes. If the pasta sauce is too thick then add a splash of pasta water or more stock if you prefer.
- Top with the rocket, stir through and garnish with chopped parsley.