Making it up as I go along – with chorizo

That heading (minus the chorizo bit) could go on my gravestone.

When I go food shopping after a hard day slaving over spreadsheets and Powerpoint I have a habit of buying random things in the hope that I will think up something to do with them later on.

Combine this potentially irritating (not to say expensive) trait with a tendancy to enjoy ‘cooking with wine’ and the culinary creations that result can be interesting to say the least. However in this instance (with a random packet of chorizo to hand) everything went according to (the nonexistent) plan:

I found some prawns in the back of the freezer, grabbed a glass of Chardonnay and got busy:


  • Cooking chorizo
  • Uncooked prawns
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • One big fresh tomato
  • Various splashing items (I go for soy sauce and worcestershire sauce but don’t get splash happy)
  • Rice to serve

Dead easy. First chop up the chorizo and fry gently to release all the fragrant fatty oils. Remove the chorizo from the pan and set aside.

Should be plenty of oil in the pan now; add the onion and garlic and cook until soft. Now add the tomatoes and put the chorizo back in the pan. Add the prawns and cook for a few mins:

Serve with rice. Quick and easy for when you just can’t stick the idea of pizza again:

27 thoughts on “Making it up as I go along – with chorizo

  1. Perfect & I think you just solved my dilemma about what to make for the weekend guests… well except for the vegetarian, and the one who can’t have seafood, gluten, butter, or oil. But they’ve already told me they’re bringing their own food & that I have to sanitize my cutting board & re-wash any pans I may have used oil or butter on (in-laws, go figure). So I’ve been looking for something awesome & highly aromatic for my family to eat and they can eat their hearts out! Ok, I’m not being very nice but…this looks too good.

  2. It is wonderful to see that you used every ounce of that rendered chorizo oil! That stuff is like porcine gold! And I bet it made the shrimp taste amazing.

    I too am guilty of aspirational supermarket shopping. Which reminds me that I have a whole quart of half and half in the fridge I was thinking of making mac and cheese with . . .

  3. LOVE it! Yummy looking dish and I am so with you on your shopping and cooking methods! 😀 The meat and veg I find in the clearance section determin what else goes in my basket and my saucepan!

  4. As they say in the A Team “I love it when a plan comes together” Particularly when it is one of those totally disorganised shopping plans. I approve of the rice stack btw.

  5. yum! looks tasty! I love chorizo but I started using Soyrizo last year and LOVE it. OF course, it doesn’t have all the greasy goodness that probably makes this dish spectacular, but it’s much healthier.

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