It’s been a busy weekend celebrating my eldest’s 6th birthday (that flew by fast!).
Lots of fun, filled with cake, Harry Potter and bowling…perfect!
A few weeks ago we were invited by friends for dinner. As a starter they served a lovely crab pasta dish, and I just had to ask for the recipe (note: the rest of the dinner was equally delicious and, as always, the company great fun!).
So, last week I was wandering through Ottery St Mary on my way to buy some fruit and veg from the lovely Otter Produce, when I passed the fishmonger. Outside, there was a sign which read: ‘Local crab on sale today’. I couldn’t resist, I love all things ‘local’…food in particular!
After a friendly chat with the fishmonger he told me that they were struggling to source local crab at the moment, due to rough seas. He also had a great variety of lovely looking fish and shellfish – I plan to return for some mussels soon, I have a great Thai recipe which I know the hubby adores.
Delighted with my purchase I practically skipped back to the car!
Right, now for the recipe. The best part of this is that it is super tasty with very little hassle, ideal for a lazy weekend lunch or quick supper.
Spaghetti with crab, lime and chilli (serves 2)
150g of crab meat – I prefer only the white meat but toss some extra brown meat in my husband’s portion.
Juice and zest of 2 limes
Juice of 1 lemon
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/4 cup of chopped parsley
1/4 cup of chopped spring onions
1 small red chilli, finely chopped
1tsp of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
200g of spaghetti
Place the crab meat, lime and lemon juice and zest, garlic, parsley, spring onions, chilli, salt and pepper in a small bowl and stir in the olive oil to combine. Cook the spaghetti, according to the packet, and drain well.
Then finally, toss the pasta into the crab mixture and serve… simply divine.
Let me know if you try this, and I’m also very keen to try new recipes if you have any favourites.
This week I’ve been struck down by a horrible lurgy and today my lovely hubby treated us to lunch at the Fish Shed at Darts Farm. Yum.
While there we stocked up on some of the lovely fresh Darts Farm offerings!
Whatever your political beliefs or feelings, today is a very sad day.
The death of Britain’s first, and only, female Prime Minister is poignant for me. As a child of the 80s, she was the original founder of ‘Girl Power’ and allowed me to believe women could rule the world.
RIP Margaret Thatcher
“The lady is not for turning”
I just had to share this beautiful jewellery from Gili Jewels.
Made locally in Exmouth, Devon, Bertie Wooltorton has created a gorgeous line in costume jewellery.
After a trip to the Gili Islands in 2007, Bertie was inspired to create a range of jewellery to reflect her time there. From the vibrant colours of the tropical reef, to the softness of the landscape, she uses natural stones, pearls and other high quality materials to make each piece.
The fun pieces are reasonably priced and come lovingly wrapped in an organza bag – making the perfect gifts!
I picked up a couple of birthday presents for friends and couldn’t help buying myself a long, butterfly cluster necklace – well a girl deserves a treat every now and then doesn’t she?!
Go on, take a look and add the exotic to your winter…sorry, I mean spring, wardrobe!
On Thursday the youngest member of the household turned four…a milestone for any family.
He is no longer in a cot bed, but now has a Big Boy Bed. He woke with excitement on ‘the’ day and appeared to have grown up over night. But, luckily for me, he’s not all grown up yet.
When I suggested he take his own shoes off (I am definitely more if a maid that mum to him) because he was “four-years-old now” he replied, “but I’m still only a little bit four”. Fair enough I thought, I’m happy to help a little longer, after all, he’ll be “a lot four” soon!