Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Summer Heaven

I love this time of year! Everyone is still relaxed after the holidays, school hasn't started so the traffic is minimal and the weather is absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to get out of bed in the morning to start enjoying the day - okay maybe that's a little exaggerated, but you get the idea.

After playing it safe with the bolognese yesterday, I decided to venture into the wide side and try my hand at crab claws!

I love crab, even though it can feel like you going 10 rounds with Oscar de la Hoya to get the good bits, the rewards are high when you have that soft sweet flesh melt in your mouth. I'm drooling just thinking about it.

I prepared them very simply - boiled until just done (I do the shelling for my family) and then serve it with my favourite Secret Seafood Sauce.

(No longer my) Secret Seafood Sauce.

½ Cup good quality Mayonnaise (or make your own like I did)
30ml Tomato Sauce (Ketchup)
½ teaspoon Smoked Paprika (please buy the best quality you can find)
1 or 2 Green chillies finely Chopped
Squeeze of Lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients together and adjust seasoning to taste - more chilli, lemon or paprika.
Leave to rest in the fridge for about an hour before serving.

This is a great accompaniment to any seafood - and is especially good in a prawn cocktail.

I had mayonnaise left over, so I made some potato salad - sinfully good when made with home made mayonnaise.


Nina Timm said...

Where the heck did you find crab....lovely food and I admire your patience.

Jeanne said...

I adore crab but you are right - it's a load of hard work! I saw a recipe for crab fondue on a blog yesterday that had me drooling... Love your idea of adding paprika to the mayo sauce :)

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