Crab Linguine

My boys are quite obsessed with sea creatures at the moment – in books, on tv, at the aquarium. In New Zealand they caught a few snapper on Matt’s boat – and somehow got comfortable with the idea of eating their catch.

Sharks and crabs are the current favorites. At the fish market recently, I ended up with a bag of real fish, two fake squeaky crabs and two fake squeaky sharks. The plastic crabs and sharks have been hanging around, coming for drives to preschool, going on the plane to New Zealand and all together being very high up in the hierarchy of toys.

Whenever at the fish markets, the boys are keen to see the live crabs – the staff at De Costi knows us well and let the boys taste and look at everything. A few weeks ago, to demonstrate the strength of a crab’s pincers, one of the guys gave a pen to a mud crab to crunch with its claws and then struggled to retrieve the pen (the crab wasn’t playing) – it was a bit awkward and messy.

So on Saturday morning because of the boys’ interest and because I felt a little bad about the pen incident, I relented and agreed to buy a real mud crab to cook at home.

And the results – a beautiful Saturday family lunch of crab linguini (cooked up with some finely chopped softened red capsicum, garlic, ginger, lemon rind, a touch of butter, chilli and parsley – almost all from our garden), a few very happy and entertained children and all our pens and fingers still intact.

Here are some photos.

Kamilla x

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3 Comments on “Crab Linguine”

  1. 20/03/2012 at 10:51 am #

    Crab linguine is such a lovely dish. Simple and delicious.

  2. 20/03/2012 at 1:47 pm #

    Such a great idea to get the kids to experience live crabs ( barring the pen incident 🙂 ) , I always find the kids eat better when they have been involved in the preparation , perhaps a sense of ownership ?

  3. 20/03/2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I agree. Ownership and ability to express themselves – so important. Its also very grounding to treat ingredients well and humanely and know where your food comes from. I had no idea how much the kids would love our veg and fruit garden. They have input on what we grow (I’ve just planted some broccoli and miniature apple trees on request from Jet – yet to see if the kids eat our homegrown broccoli but there is a good chance they will! So far so good with the garden – my kids are far less fussy eaters and much better with vegetables as a result of it). x

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