There’s nothing quite like a beautifully home cooked meal shared with the person you love. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we asked Ashley Alexander of Gather and Feast for her tips on curating the perfect atmosphere at home, including a delicious recipe that’s sure to impress.
Photography by Gather and Feast.
SET THE SCENE
“Layer placemats, plates and bowls to create an easy yet luxurious look. I've layered wooden and leather placemats, topped them with a dinner plate and serving bowl, and then placed a linen napkin on top to add texture.”
CREATE A CENTREPIECE
“Choose foliage and flowers to create a centerpiece that complements the hue, tones and textures of the table setting and the other elements in the room. I've chosen dark purple colours to complement the deep wooden and tan leather elements of the table setting.”
“Cut a single flower, twig or leaf from your chosen foliage and add to each place setting. This brings continuity and helps to create a thoughtful look with very little effort.”
PREPARE A BEAUTIFUL MEAL
Burnt butter garlic prawn and chilli spaghetti with fresh herbs, macadamias and lemon.
200g raw king prawn cutlets - remove the tails from half and roughly chop, keep the other half whole with tails
Pinch of dried chili flakes, to taste
2 large cloves fresh garlic, finely grated or crushed
½ cup of white wine
Zest of 1 lemon
1 small bunch fresh dill, finely chopped (roughly 2-3 tbsp)
½ bunch of fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 small bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
¼ cup roasted salted macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
50g parmesan, finely grated
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Put a large pot of water on to boil, ready to cook the spaghetti.
Place a large saucepan on medium to high heat and add the butter. Melt the butter and keep on the heat until it slightly browns.
Add the whole prawns and chilli flakes to the pan and sauté for roughly two minutes. Next, add the roughly chopped prawns and stir until they are cooked through and lightly caramelised.
Turn down the heat to low, add the garlic, and sauté for roughly a minute. Add the white wine and turn the heat back up to medium.
Add the lemon zest, dill, parsley, chives, macadamias, and parmesan, and stir to combine.
Taste for salt and pepper and add accordingly.
Cook the spaghetti per the packet instructions. Drain the spaghetti and add to the pan with the prawn mixture, stir well to combine.
Serve and enjoy.