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Phad Thai Noodles with Seafood

Full of fresh, healthy flavours and zinging with the spiciness of the orient, this is a jewel of a midweek family supper dish and is so quick and easy to throw together. And you can make it as much of an extravagance as you want, simply with your choice of seafood. I majored on scallops and prawns – yummy!

What you need…

175g Thai rice noodles

150g sugar snap peas, cut thinly on the diagonal

2 tablespoons rapeseed oil

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2.5cm-piece fresh ginger, grated

2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped

150g shiitake mushrooms, sliced

1 leek, trimmed and sliced thinly, lengthways

100g beansprouts

400g mixed seafood

2 tablespoons sherry

4 tablespoons dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

Juice of 1 lime

What to do…

Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions – mine took 12 minutes in simmering water. Add the sugar snap peas 1 minute before the end.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over a high heat until very hot. Add the garlic, ginger and chillies and fry for 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, leek and beansprouts and fry for a further 5 minutes, stirring the whole time.

Add the seafood to the pan together with the sherry, soy sauce, oyster sauce and lime juice.

When the seafood is cooked through, reduce the heat to low. Drain the noodles and sugar snap peas and add them to the pan, stirring all the ingredients together so that they are evenly mixed.

Serve and enjoy the delight that is this lovely supper dish!

Inspired by…

Mary Berry who, in turn, was inspired by Ken Hom

How easy…

Wok it and see – dead easy!

Scrumptious Seafood Pasta

Seafood with loadsa garlic in a rich tomatoey sauce with a distinctive fishy edge provided by lovely anchovies – a really wonderful autumn treat

Serves 4

What you need…

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon red chilli, chopped

A handful basil, shredded

3-4 anchovies

4 tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 big glass white wine

Salt and black pepper

150-200g salmon fillet, cut into 2cm squares

A handful of each of the following cooked seafood (scallops, clams, prawns, squid, mussels)

180g raw prawns

Pasta shapes of your choice

What to do…

In a large saucepan, heat salted water to boiling point (for the pasta, in a little while).

In another saucepan, gently heat the oil with the garlic, chilli and anchovies and bring slowly to the boil, mashing up the anchovies as they heat up. Turn down to a low heat and add the tomatoes. When softened, season and then tip in the white wine, bring to the boil and simmer to cook off the alcohol.

At this point, pop your pasta into the boiling water – I use dried gluten-free (lighter on the digestive system) – it normally takes about 12 minutes to cook through.

Add the salmon fillet to your herbs and tomatoes and when cooked, chuck in the seafood and raw prawns. Cook on a gentle heat until the raw prawns have turned pink, the seafood is warm and, in the other pan, the pasta is cooked. Throw in the basil, stirring into the sauce so it’s evenly dispersed.

Drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Mix the whole lot together and add more seasoning if necessary. Serve your lovely, garlicky-fragrant comfort scrumptious seafood pasta straight way and enjoy. It’s not a dish to eat quietly – a noisy family or slightly riotous friends are ideal.

Tip…

The quantities of seafood and salmon are vague because a lot has to do with personal taste – you may prefer more fish and less seafood or vice versa. Alternatively, you may not like mussels (my husband doesn’t) so the quantity of those needs to be reduced. Basically, pop in what you’re going to love eating!

I keep a selection of frozen chopped herbs in my freezer – Cooks Ingredients from Waitrose – makes cooking soooo easy: a shake of fresh herbs from the foil bag rather than teaspoons of this and that! In this recipe, the garlic, chilli and basil all come from those lovely foil bags!

Inspired by…

I kinda made this one up, but can promise you that it’s lovely.

How easy…

Simples!