Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Eve and Crab and a Year In Review

Ha! Just kidding! There's no year in review. I hate those things. And why relive 2009? What a woofer.

But we DID have crab legs for dinner. My brother mentioned they were having crab legs, and I thought, "hmmmm... how long HAS it been since I've had crab legs, which I love like NO OTHER FOOD!!!?" I mentioned it to P. and he said "Well, you know, we can always buy them and have them for dinner." Sheer genius! Yes, he was right! So we did.

Tropical Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
Steamed Crab Legs
Asparagus and Pancetta-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

P. asked for a very specific salad, so I did what I could to accomodate him. He asked for greens and fruit with a honey-lime vinaigrette topped with crispy tortillas. So I mixed together romaine lettuce, orange, chopped mango, and chopped scallions. The dressing was:
Juice of one lime
1 1/2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. dijon mustard
pinch of salt
a few grinds of black pepper
3 Tbs. olive oil

Then I crisped a salted whole-wheat tortilla in a (very) little olive oil, broke it up and topped the dressed salad with it.

For the side, I've been really digging stuffing baked potatoes with green veggies. It lets me get my potato fix without tons of fat. Last night I opted for asparagus accented with some chunks of good pancetta.

First, I parboiled the asparagus, then mixed it with the pancetta, which I crisped in a pan. Then I mixed that gently in with the innards from one russet potato that I'd split in half and baked, along with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt and some black pepper. I added about a Tbs. of blue cheese, and then stuffed the lot back in the potato skin and put it back in the oven at about 350F so I could turn my attention to the crab.

This is all you get of the crab. I didn't get any pictures since my hands were kind of full with the other dinner prep by that point.

I suspect he looked something like this originally.

 We enjoyed our New Year's Eve feast immensely, wounds from the crab legs notwithstanding. (Those little effers are SHARP!) Along with a little champagne, it was a good way to end an otherwise lacklustre year. Here's to a much-improved 2010.

Cheers and Happy New Year, peeps!

1 comment:

Hope said...

well, I clicked here wanting the year in review! :P