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Tuesday
Jun052012

How to Host a Crawfish Boil

One of the major highlights of my trip to Texas in March was the crawfish boil my friends CC and Chad hosted at their house. Now, I'm no expert, but I think I can give you a pretty good breakdown on how to host your own crawfish boil!

Step One - Find a roadside crawfish shack (Hmmm, we may not have much luck with this in Nova Scotia...). We bought 2 sacks of crawfish and 2 plastic containers of homemade seasoning.

(iPhone pics)

(iPhone pics)

Step Two - Dump your sacks of crawfish into a large clean cooler.

Step Three - Sprinkle the wriggling critters with copious amounts of salt. They don't like that. Apparently it helps 'purge' them if you catch my drift.

Step Four - Fill cooler with fresh clean water.

Repeat steps three and four 2 more times. You want to get as much mud and poo out of their little systems as possible!!

Step Five - Fill a HUGE pot - this one is specifically for boils of this sort and is connected to the propane BBQ tank - with water and turn on the heat. Add one container of seasoning to water. 

Step Six - While water is heating, drain crawfish in the basket that comes with the huge pot and rinse out the cooler.

 

 

 

 

Step Seven - Add whole small potaotes, onions, mushrooms and corn to the boiling seasoned water. Once potatoes are cooked through, scoop all vegetables out of water and set aside.

 

Step Eight - Lower basket of crawfish into boiling water. They're done when they turn the colour of a cooked lobster. While waiting for them to cook, make sauce for dipping - mayonnaise, ketchup and Tabasco. Surprisingly good!

 

Step Nine - By now you will be very thirsty. Walk to the fridge and grab a Shiner. Open it. Drink it.

Step 10 - Remove basket of cooked crawfish from pot. Dump into clean cooler. Add cooked potatoes, mushrooms, onions and corn as well as second container of seasoning. Mix and then close lid for a few minutes to steam. Open cooler, reach in and scoop out large bowls of goodness.

 

Step Eleven - Cover tables with newspaper and grab at LEAST one roll of paper towel. Pull the tail off of a crawfish and pull out the teeny tiny little piece of meat. Eat the meat and discard the rest of the body into a pile on the newspaper. Repeat.

 

It's all for this one little morsel...

 

Step Twelve - Drink beers and laugh a lot. Before your friends leave, bribe them with another Shiner and get them to help you pick the meat out of the mountain of remaining crawfish.

 

Step Thirteen - Repeat on an annual basis.

Sunday
Apr152012

Ristorante a Mano - new website shots

Apple Cinnamon Brioche Bread Pudding still warm from the oven. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday
Sep242011

Boston in 50mm

Over the Labour Day weekend, Sean and I drove to Boston to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. Because it takes 11 hours to drive there, we really only had two days to spend but, it is such an amazing city - totally worth every second of driving!!

When we travelled to Europe in January, I took a whole arsenal of camera gear, which I must add, Sean carried most of the time!! Heading to Boston, I decided to travel light - my camera body and my 50mm lens. We really only had one full day in the city and so I captured quite a random selection of photos throughout the day.

Early morning Sean in the sparkly elevator at The Back Bay Hotel heading down into the city.

 

Early morning Labour Day Monday - streets are quiet.

 

L.O.V.E.

 

Pretty Public Gardens

 

Roses in early morning sunshine.

 

Two of our favourite cities in juxtaposition. 

 

We thought this turtle was alive but when we walked by a second time we realized it hadn't moved.

 

Here kitty kitty...

 

Massachusetts State House

 

I live for unexpected random moments.

 

Gelato Fragole and D'Uva - Quincy Market

 

These reminded me of Halloween and elementary school - Quincy Market

 

I love the shininess of the caramel - Quincy Market

 

I could tell from behind that these people were all eating something. When I walked around to the front of the bench I could see each of them was clutching a giant cannoli while balancing a small white box on their lap. Upon closer inspection, I saw Mike's (famous?) logo emblazoned in bright purple ink on the white boxes and I knew - I had to get me one of those.

 

I have no idea what these are but they looked neat and were everywhere!!

 

Some sort of royal celebration... in... an alley?!?

 

Escape

 

Mike's Pastry - yessssss...

 

 

I ordered the Florentine - Sean got the Chocolate Ricotta - they were WICKED AWESOME!!!

 

See? HA!!!

 

Gateway to Paradise

 

Whaddya Need?

 

Heart You

 

Meow

 

Hot Tomatoes

 

Dick's Last Resort - didn't stop to eat - apparently the staff are (in)famous for insulting you and making you wear custom dunce caps. Hmmm... not really my scene.

 

Sheer Brilliance