I am not a seafood eater. In fact, I can't stand the stuff! When it comes to seafood I only eat fish, scallops and calamarie. All those other underwater creatures that people eat (i.e shrimp, lobster, crabs etc) I consider underwater insects, YUCK! However, my fiancee and everyone else I know loves the stuff! So I started to enjoy cooking it, not eating it, just cooking it. My fiancee went out and decided to buy himself some lump crab cake and told me to "be creative with it." Well before I told him to shove it, I realized that it was Sunday morning and it was cold outside and I really had nothing better to do...so my crabcakes were born! I was at a party once and they had these yummy little salmon cakes that were bound with basmati rice. I had some left over risotto in my fridge and figured this would be a perfect opportunity to use it! They really did come out perfect! The risotto adds a different type of texture to it and the variety of colors of veggies looked like confetti inside! The garlic aioli on top added just the right touch!
2 cups of lump crab meat 1 cup of cooked risotto 1 red pepper, finely chopped 1 green pepper, finely chopped 1/2 red onion, finely chopped 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped 1 handful of cilantro, finely chopped 1/4 cup of mayo (I used fat free) juice and zest of 1 lemon salt and pepper to taste Panko bread crumbs for breading olive oil for frying
1. In a bowl combine all ingredients together and taste for seasoning. 2. Place some Panko bread crumbs into a plate and bread the crabcakes evenly on each side.
3. Once breaded place them in the cooler for an hour so they can chill. *I did not do this because my man was in such a hurry to eat! However, because of that I had a very hard time keeping them together when they were cooking. Cooling them helps them keep their shape.* 4. Heat some olive oil in a non-stick pan and sautee them up on each side, just until golden brown.
1/2 cup mayo 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 2 tbsp minced garlic a couple of squirts of Tabasco salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and place on top of crabcakes.
Years ago, I followed my dreams and went to culinary school. I went to culinary school to continue the dream that my mother and I always shared: to open up a deli or cafe somewhere and call it our own. Whether that cafe will ever open is still up in the air...but my cooking and my love for food I owe to my mother...and in a way this blog is dedicated to her...I only hope that I can inspire other women with this blog the way my mother inspired me...With her love for food passed onto me, I quickly became a food snob after culinary school. Today, a house, a husband' (and his stomach),and an up and coming business keeps me busy enough without all my gourmet concoctions! But, no matter how busy I am, I still go to my kitchen and cook to retain my sanity. Prehaps this is a way I connect to my mother...but cooking is the only thing that truely soothes my soul. My recent transformation has led me to belive that sometimes you just have to Keep It Simple Stupid...and Cook!
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead. ~Woody Allen
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~Mark Twain
Great food is like great sex. The more you have the more you want. ~Gael Greene
Tell me what you eat, I'll tell you who you are. ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
And, of course, the funniest food of all, kumquats. ~George Carlin
Avoid fruit and nuts. You are what you eat. ~Jim Davis
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~George Miller
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. ~Harriet van Horne
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson
I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian. ~Anonymous
But those aren't the flavors. That'd make too much sense. Apple and pear, according to Dr. Phil, are body types the bars are made for. Hey, I've got some advice. If you look like an apple or a pear, eat an apple or a pear! [On Dr. Phil's energy bars. ~Lewis Black