My favorite ever Martha segment was on yesterday – how to prepare soft shell crabs. Now, as a disclaimer, I grew up in far-from-the-sea Cleveland where the most fishy thing we ate was salmon cakes. I have never liked seafood, as much as I wish I did. The handling and preparation of seafood in general is foreign to me, and while I’m far from being a vegetarian, eating something which still looks like it did when it caught is something I find sort of creepy. So, imagine my horror when I first saw her pick up a live, wriggling crab, take a pair of kitchen shears and cut it’s face off, then reach inside and pull the gills out, the poor things legs still moving. It was quite a trip. I think I’ll keep the tape. No mention of the head cutting is in the recipe.
In other news, we made the Soy Sticks, or tofu fries, the other evening, not bad. Not french fries certainly, but when paired with a salad it makes for a very healthy meal. And I rather like Newman’s Own Light Raspberry & Walnut dressing (it’s not on the site unfortunately), throw on some blue cheese and it almost makes me think I can cook.