Ladies and Gentlemen there is a dead crab in my kitchen.
It still has eyeballs.
I called it Nigel. I’ll admit I chickened out of getting one I’d need to wrestle into a pan of boiling water for a whistle-y death in my kitchen; I got a dressed one instead. One day, I’m sure I will commit crabicide – but not the first time I’ve cooked it!
I saw the Crabby Noodles in the Cupboard Love book on week 12 when I did the Thai Style Noodle Fry-Up – https://newrecipenight.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/week-12-a-thai-style-noodle-fry-up/ – and thought it would be good to give it a go.
The recipe uses: rice stick noodles, chilli and garlic sauce, spring onions, courgette, Thai fish sauce, lime, and crab meat.
I got everything lined up ready like they do on the telly. It was good to be organised, and I felt just like Nigella (however, I looked more like Mrs Craddock) – more importantly I could baff it all in the wok without having to panic.
It cooked so quickly I couldn’t really take any other pictures, until it was all bubbling at the end, as seen above!
I had a slight crab panic, because I didn’t know if I should save the spare meat for lunch the next day; or if it would kill me after being in the fridge so long. So rather than die, I lobbed it all in and it was a little too crabby. My lover said I should have put more courgette in, but if I’d got one any bigger it would have been a marrow. I think next time I’ll just use the quantity the recipe asks for, and pop the rest in the freezer.
When I have a bigger freezer, I’ll buy a few crabs at once and portion them off so I can make this quickly; but I’ll definitely make this again!
Cupboard Love by Tom Norrington-Davies (Hodder & Stoughton 2005 ISBN 0 340 83525 5)