Every once in a while...a man (also a woman) needs to get into unchartered territories. And if that woman is me, then that is, all the time. This character trait shows up in all spheres of my life. I am always always intrigued by curious things. They do not have to be curious to everyone. Just looking a bit off the track to me--works! I am always taking little short trips up the hill that I pass on my way to the lab..taking that little dirt rad that trails off the main road. Sometimes there is really nothing worthwhile that I find. It is the walk that I have enjoyed. And at other times I end up finding real shortcuts. Or a plant maybe. Or a house which has a strange pond in the backyard. This one time last year, I actually found a lovely wooden bench just off the street near a local teashop that became one of my favorite haunts for the rest of ...well, of my life actually :) You see what I mean. No big adventure-- though I treat them as if they are-- but gives me immense pleasure. I guess that is what transpires into my work, hobbies, cooking...:)
Groceries, are no different. In fact, they are wonder store houses for me, So many things to choose from. 'Honey, and milk and chocolate' as Pooh would say. It is because of this habit, I have found out so many fruits, veggies and fish that I love-- plums, peaches, figs, catfish, salmon, mussels, Chantilly--and so much more. You see I grew up in India where so many of these things were not present. So all these things that are common place were to me one day very interestingly curious. Give me anything local and fresh and I am up for it.
This week I went to the grocery to get some Trout. You all know of my obsession with Trout :). And while the butcher was weighing out my fish, my eyes caught a sight of crab meat. I know they are always there. But I have never bought them really. Okay, maybe once or twice, long time back to make some soup. But that's about it. Nothing of any major value. But that day I just knew what I wanted to try out with those. I got half a pound of it. Some went into the very palatable shagemein and the rest went to this little dish.
I think it is great as a side dish, as a starter, as a filler in sammies and tortilla...And takes so little time :)
Here you are. No big deal really. But I found one easy way to make a flavorful recipe.. that is the fun :)
1/2 lb crab meat. Shredded coarsely. You can substitute with the 'imitation crabmeat' as well. Will turn out equally well. With a lower price tag :)
1 big bunch ( 6-7 stalks) of green onions or scallions
2 medium size tomatoes. Diced
1.5 cups of parsley
2 cloves of garlic. Minced
1 tbsf olive oil
1 tbsf smoked paprika. You can use any paprika you have got.
1 tbsf lemon juice
Salt and pepper for seasoning
All you do-- needs 5 minutes
Heat oil in a skillet. When oil is hot add the garlic, cloves, tomatoes, parsley, and green onion. Saute for ~ 2 mins. Add the crab meat and paprika. Saute so that everything mixes well. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Take it off the stove.
You are done. Healthy. Pretty. Flavorful. Versatile. As I have said before, you can use it as a side dish, appetizer, filler-- you can fill up a warm tortilla bread with some lettuce, tomato and this crabmeat. Makes for a wonderful wonderful healthy snack. I wish I had a picture to show you how good that looks inside a tortilla. That way you can flavor up your lunch routine :) I do that
Happy eating and healthy living!