Wednesday, August 01, 2012

a crabby app

Last week, I wrote about a really cool iPhone's app is a little different...less "digital".  It harkens back to a past vacation we had in Prince Edward Island...a place where we unplugged, where the seafood was plentiful and the sun, sand and smiles were even more abundant.

Every summer we head to the cottage and enjoy the beaches in and around the area.  When we asked the kids which beach they'd like to go this summer, the little one piped up "PEI"!!!

There was something very special about that vacation.  Maybe it was the various beaches (white sand like the Caribbean on the northern part of the island, red sand with seafood right on the beach on the southern part).

I think what made it special was the lack of commercialism.  There were no fancy hot dog stands.  No beach towel/jewelry/sunglass stands on or near the beach.  There was just water...and whatever the sea had to offer.   Souvenirs came from nature, not a store.

It brought us back to our primal catch our own food. Unfortunately for some rural communities, the generational tradition of catching their own food has been replaced with the dependancy of foods being shipped to them instead.   And as the world gets more populated, the supply and demand will just drive the costs of food to almost unreachable costs. (here's an article on the prices of food up in Nunavut)

Now while I'm not suggesting that we now start hunting for our food...I think it's important to understand and respect where it came from, and take baby steps towards growing our own garden, maybe even learning how to fish, and enjoy real food made from real ingredients. I was very proud to hear my husband mention after a trip to the grocery store, that our son was reading all the labels and checked if the food "was organic or not".   

Good manners, the understanding of food and how to cook it, and an open mind about trying new things is an important lifelong skill. I hope I'm creating the stepping stones to future health and wellness.

Baked Crab Cakes
(a combination of Ellie Krieger, Paula Deen and Kikkoman's recipes)

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 pound of lump crab, picked over for cartilage (or 2 cans of 120g crab meat and 1 can 213 g of salmon, cartilage and bones removed, if fresh crab is unavailable.)
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs 
  • 1/4 cup of panko crumbs (or an extra 1/4 cup of bread crumbs)
  • 1/4 cup mayonaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl mix together the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice. 
  • Stir in the bell pepper and shallot. 
  • Gently fold in the crab, 3/4 cup of the bread crumbs and salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Spoon approximately 1/4 cups of crab mixture onto the baking sheet, making approximately 12 mounds/patties.
  • Press the mounds down with a fork, about 1-inch high.
  • Top each with approximately 1 tsp. of panko crumbs.
  • Bake until golden on the bottom, about 10 minutes. Gently flip the crab cakes and cook until the second side is golden, 5 to 10 minutes longer.
Serve with mixed greens (with goat cheese, raspberries and poppy seed dressing).  


1 comment:

  1. I'm with you on this subject. Why is it that folks don't think about where their food is coming from? How it got to them? Or what's actually in it? 7 years ago, I totally changed my eating habits, started reading labels and cut many things out of my diet. 3 years ago I stopped eating meat because of the way in which animals are raised now for consumption. Our oceans are becoming so polluted and overfished at the same time. I enjoy cooking and baking -- if I'm gonna have a cookie, would much rather have one made at home than the prepackaged variety that it is meant to last on the shelf for ages. Have a great day! Tammy


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