Cooking in a field; Pineapple and chilli prawns

Prawns with pineapple chilli cooked on a camp stove

Firstly, I’d like to offer my apologies for the lack of recent posts. My absence was due to a lovely, yet short, holiday in Sussex, where we stayed in an absolutely delightful shepherd’s hut at Hawthbush Farm, an organic working farm with added ‘glamping’.

We stayed in a little hut made for two named ‘Aggie’, who was tucked away in her own peaceful and secluded field. She came fitted with a wood burning stove and a very comfy bed featuring a wool duvet; these are absolutely brilliant and now on my ‘want’ list. She also had a little field kitchen to one side, which, of course, became my home for the week. And I did spend quite a lot the week in the kitchen, as our morning routine of porridge and coffee for two, made on a single camping stove with little shelter from 20mph winds can take a frustratingly long time. However, the creative application of a metal bin lid and some saucepans helped in that respect, making it possible to actually boil water.

Aggie shepherd's hut in field

Anyway, the food. Whilst stuffing the cool box before departure, I threw in a bag of pineapple left over from breakfast, plus a bag of frozen raw king prawns, which made both a useful, additional ice block, on top of their obvious culinary application. Once defrosted, with a little bit of bashed, unpeeled garlic (I was trying to avoid using chopping boards), chilli flakes and olive oil, created a very tasty first night tapas-esque side dish.

I have to admit that in the end salads became the order of the day, with them being so easy to put together whilst laying on a picnic rug and resultant fewer trips across the field to the tap for washing up, therefore maximising the time left to do what I was there for… absolutely nothing!

Field kitchen with stove and cool box

Pineapple and chilli prawns

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Serves 2

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Ingredients

225g raw king prawns
2 garlic cloves
A sprinkle of chilli flakes
Leftover pineapple chunks
A few glugs of olive oil

Directions

Heat your pan over a medium heat, add a few glugs of olive oil, then bash the cloves of garlic to flatten them and add them to the pan with a sprinkle of chilli flakes.

Cook these together for 5 minutes, which allows the oil to take on the flavour of the garlic. Then turn the heat up to full and add the prawns, cook for a couple of minutes then add the pineapple. Cook this all of this together for about 5 minutes, or until the prawns are cooked through.

If you are having trouble with wind, prop a metal bin lid against the side of the stove and a kettle to the rear.


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