Good Bye 2012, Hello Mud Crab Tagliatelle!
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language,
and next year’s words await another voice.”
– T.S Eliot
Each New Year’s Eve I seem to find myself in a remarkably different place or situation than I could have possibly foreseen the year before.
On New Year’s Eve 2011 I attended a masquerade in the snowy Norwegian town of Trondheim. I found myself surrounded by masked strangers and the sound of New Year’s cheer, amid a thousand years of history in the old viking capital. I was single, had a new and booming career, a new house.. Anything could happen.
New Year’s 2012 was a world away. We celebrated on the balcony of our London apartment, myself and my fairly new boyfriend, a glass of champagne for him and a bowl of mashed potatoes for me. We watched the fireworks flaming over the Thames and filling the wet London sky, thanked the passing year for bringing us together and toasted for health in the new year. We had survived a 6 month hell, I was chewing through what we (once again) presumed would be my last antibiotic treatment, and we were praying for the winds to change.
As we filled our picnic basket last night, in the last hour of 2012, I paused a second to appreciate that it contained oysters and champagne, not potatoes. And on our blanket on the vast beaches of Australia, under an unfamiliar constellation and to the sounds of foreign voices, I thanked the world for putting me there.
2012 was such a full year. Full of everything good and bad. The weight of every year cannot be carried in full through the future, and so something’s gotta give. I think some people carry it all and break under the weight. Others must give up parts of the good to make room for the bad they cannot bear to let go of. Last night we chose to keep only the good and let the bad depart along with the year that brought it. And so we burnt it in the flame of a candle, on a beach, on the other side of the world. I wonder where I’ll be next year..
The first thing that awaited me in 2013 however, was my fiancée’s ridiculously delicious Tagliatelle with Mud Crab and Basil. Fittingly served up with a glass of bubbly, this dish greets the new year in style!
Mind you, this very simple dish would add a bit of style to any day, so whip it up and take it in; You will love the citrusy tickle on the tip of your tongue as it complements the flavorful Mud Crab to perfection.
It’s easy peasy and done in 15 minutes!
Dinner for two:
250 g tagliatelle
1 large cooked Mud Crab (or other strong flavored crab)
20 g butter
4 plum cherry tomatoes ( or 6 small cherry tomatoes) finely chopped
Juice and zest of 1 small lemon
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
300 ml cream
A handful of fresh basil
Start by cooking the pasta. Make sure the water is not just boiling, but has been boiling for about half a minute before you put the pasta in. Use a big pot with lots of water so the pasta can move around and not clump up. This is especially important with gluten-free pasta. Add a pinch of salt and some oil to the water.
Whilst the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a frying pan and add the tomatoes. Once the tomatoes have softened you add the lemon, stock and cream. Let simmer until the sauce thickens slightly (about 5 minutes). Lastly you add crab meat and torn basil to the sauce and stir until the meat is hot all the way through. Avoid boiling the crab meat or it will dry out. Season with salt and cracked pepper to taste.
Mix the sauce in with the pasta, serve up and voila you’re ready to pop the Champagne!
Happy happy New Year and thank you for reading my blog.
May 2013 be the year that says YES!