Prawns are a favourite for all our family, so I like to do this recipe at home. We’ve all got most of these ingredients kicking about in the fridge or the larder, and it’s a great dish for outdoors when we get that big ball of sun in the sky.

Pan-fried king prawns, spiced couscous, sesame dressing

Serves 4

20 king prawns

50ml olive oil

200g water

200g couscous

2 shallots

1 bunch chives

2 tomatoes

20-30g sultanas

2 bunches spring onions

Tabasco (to taste)

20ml olive oil

Lemon juice (to taste)

For the dressing

50ml vinaigrette

3tbsp sesame oil

10-12 cherry tomatoes

1 red onion

Put the couscous in a bowl, pour 200g water on top of the couscous, mix well with a fork, leave to cook through for 10 minutes, then mix again with the fork, making sure it’s light and fluffy.

Peel and chop the shallots finely, do the same with the spring onions (cutting them at an angle), then chop the chives finely. Put to one side.

Put the sultanas in a pan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil, drain and cool down.

Core and score the tomatoes, put in boiling salted water for 10-15 seconds, take out of the water and cool down. Then peel the skin, quarter them and deseed, dry in a paper towel, taking all the moisture out of them, then dice evenly.

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Mix all of the above into the couscous, add a little lemon juice and Tabasco to suit your taste, then a little olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, then put to one side.

Peel and chop the red onion finely, mix into the vinaigrette, adding a little sesame oil. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half (when serving the dish you will fry these quickly in a hot frying pan with olive oil). Warm up the couscous on a low heat, mixing well. While doing this, heat up a frying pan with olive oil, add the prawns, giving them an even colour on both sides.

To serve, put the couscous in the middle of the plate, then place the prawns and tomatoes on top, drizzle the sesame dressing on top and serve.

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