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Euro 2012 Cooking Challenge – Spain

I did it!

After 16 recipes, a lot of washing up and a few pounds gained, I have completed my cooking challenge, and I have really loved doing it!

I think having a deadline of sorts gave me a kick to be a bit more disciplined in my meal planning and it has been great trying so many new recipes, many of which I will make again in the future.

And by beautiful coincidence the final recipe comes from my beloved Spain.

This is one of my absolute favourite tapas dishes and reminds me of sitting by the sea in Spain with a cold cerveza and a selection of fresh seafood in front of me…perfecto!

Gambas al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Prawns)


A generous glug of olive oil

2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped

A pinch of chilli flakes

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 tray of fresh king prawns (about 200g)

A handful of fresh parsley, chopped

A squeeze of fresh lemon

Crusty bread to serve

How to make it

  • Begin by heating the olive oil in a frying pan, over a medium heat
  • Add the garlic cloves and chilli flakes and cook for a minute, taking care not to burn the garlic!
  • Add the paprika and prawns and cook for another few minutes until the prawns are cooked
  • Remove from the heat and transfer to a warm serving bowl
  • Sprinkle over the parsley and squeeze a lemon over the top
  • Serve with crusty bread, dipped into the delicious garlic oil, and a fresh salad


About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

6 responses »

  1. I am now drooling 🙂

  2. What an awesome challenge!!

    Courtney Mara

  3. Love it. Just came back from Madrid yesterday and was searching for gambas recipe because I miss it !!! Wrote about our Spain trip too in my blog. Thanks for the recipe!


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