We found some lively crab and spider crab just before New Year's Day, so we brought three home to boil.
I find that fresh seafood responds best to simple treatment, so while the crabs were boiling I baked a loaf of Soda Bread, and whisked up some mayonnaise in my Kenwood Chef.
The whole meal took less then an hour to prepare ( that includes picking the crabs for their meat). The three of us sat down for lunch, with sunlight (amazingly and unusually this winter) flooding through the window.
A glass of champagne and the meal was complete.
This is a meal which may be repeated throughout the year if you are near the coast either here in France, or in the UK. Most coastal towns have fresh seafood available, so if you get the chance do try to cook your own seafood feast at some stage this year. You will be rewarded with the very best meal imaginable!
If you find some lobster, here's a link to my lobster recipe. Nothing could be simpler, though I am a bit of a coward, and usually get my husband or one of my sons to drop the beast in the water. (I really don't fancy being pinched by the claws!)
If you haven't yet made 'Cooking Seafood' one of your New Year's Resolutions, there are still 362 days left to change your mind.
|The spider crab's shell has an elemental look|
|I use Breton seasalt|
(one of these packets just fills my purpose made jar!)
|About three handfuls in a large pot of boiling water|
|We don't like our Seafood to squabble, |
so it's separate buckets
|The colours of cooked seafood are amazing|
and I wish there was a smell attachment for blogs
because fresh seafood smells amazing too
|Draining cooking liquid (in the sink)|
|Removing brown and white meat from the shells|
|In a restaurant, you are often left to get on with this part|
yourselves, but at home I prefer to do it, and then put the
meat in the cleaned out shells
|Some gorgeous homemade mayonnaise is perfect with fresh|
crab and spider crab
|And a loaf of Soda Bread ,here in Brittany I use|
Lait Ribot (French buttermilk) and a 1/4 of my flour is
buckwheat, which is grown in Brittany
|My husband, daughter and I ate an awful lot of crab|
but there was enough meat left for crab cakes the next day
So Seafood can be thrifty too!