I love all things Crabby, from dressed Crab, which I think is very English, to anything to do with crab, cracking the claws, sucking the claws, crab cakes, crab on toast and the latest Crab Scotch eggs!
My all time favourites are Soft Shell Crab and when in New Orleans, Soft Shell Crab Po-Boys! Ok, I’ll have to stop salivating and tell you about Crab Scotch Eggs.
Well, these are OK, but about to be put down as experience., rather than something I would have again, and in fact, having eaten them two nights running, the remaining ones will go in the bin. This is very much against my philosophy, of Waste Not Want Not, but Enough is Enough!
We went to a restaurant the other week, called Kricket. There are a couple of them in London and this one was at the Old Television Studios in White City. I was interested because the owner travelled around India and decided to open an Indian restaurant. I think I have said previously that I was not really impressed, especially when I looking at some of his recipes and found that he used tons of Ghee.
However, I am so glad that I haven’t bought his book and I quote here” the publisher needed my book so I didn’t have time to proof read it “ OOOPS!
But never mind, I had two tubs of crab meat which need using. Himself was under the weather ( much more serious than Man Flu) , but once defrosted it needed using. In the UK crabmeat tends to be claw rather than lump so we have to work with what we have.
I chopped, celery, coriander, shallots, chillies , ginger, garlic, ( I also added some avocado and mango ) and made two piles, one for my crab cakes and one for the Scotch eggs. Soft boiled the eggs. Prepared my beaten eggs and panko breadcrumbs. Divided my crab mixture, formed my cakes, dipped them carefully into the egg and then the breadcrumbs into the frying pan, perfect! Onto the Scotch eggs. Moulding a slimy mixture around a slippery soft boiled egg is not the easiest task in the world and dipping it into the egg followed by the breadcrumbs is even more difficult but I persevered. Finally success, quickly into a pan of hot oil to deep fry.. Done!
Was it worth it? Absolutely not! Will I try again? Most definitely not!
Shame sounded a good idea!