My freezer is sometimes an Aladdin's cave, sometimes a forgotten morgue. I've found pigs trotters, prawn and lobster shells, strange soups and chicken bones bagged and labeled under Thai broths, strange soup experiments and well intentioned litre upon litre of stock.
While it's great for fish fingers and other things for the children, I really need to be better at keeping it organised. I need a chest freezer in the shed for the
bodies more experimental stuff that I will use, just not on a daily, home basis.
On one of the semi-regular inventories, I found a bag of crab claws, cooked and still with the tip attached. While nowhere near fresh crab, it's still a good back up for a quick snack. Defrosted, pepped up a little with spice, topped with the crunch of hazelnut, the fresh mineral zing of spinach and dipped in this lemony piquante mayonnaise, it made a great surprise lunch. Not that lunch was a surprise, it usually happens, more that is was better than the limp lettuce I had in the salad drawer. And that's another story...
Ingredients: A load of cooked crab claws, frozen or fresh 1tbsp Cayenne pepper 1tsp chilli flakes A handful of chopped baby spinach leaves A handful of chopped hazelnuts Salt and pepper Mayonnaise made in the usual way but with: 1tbsp ground fenugreek 1tbsp lemon juice 2tbsp olive oil 1tbsp Dijon mustard
Method: Make the mayonnaise, stirring in the extra ingredients and tasting to check the seasoning. Put the crab claws in a bowl and toss around in the spices, spinach and nuts. Season well. Serve the crab with the mayonnaise and some ice cold ginger beer.