Ocean To Plate

How To Cook Live Giant Mudcrabs

This post has been written as part of my involvement with the Microsoft Connections Program.

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I was secretly excited when I was pregnant with Maggie and had a yearning to no longer be a vegetarian.

Bacon and Seafood. Two things I had missed dearly. 

I have fond memories of when I was little and it was always a super special occasion if seafood was on the menu. I remember the night my Mum made sizzling garlic prawns in their own individual clay bowls because we had a special guest coming for dinner. I can still smell the smoke in the air, taste the garlic and the butter and most importantly the prawns. Oh the prawns!

Seafood was expensive back then and still is as far as I’m concerned. 

When Mum flew up to Darwin for Maggie’s 3rd Birthday a week or so ago there was one thing on her mind besides spending time with her kin. And that was to try some of Darwin’s famous fresh giant mudcrabs.

Who was I to stand in her way?

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I won’t lie, these crabs were huge and scary.

We went to the local fish shop and bought two mudcrabs. When I saw them scuttling around on a bed of ice I did feel a touch of remorse, but that lasted about 5 seconds when I realised how much delicious meat those enormous claws would hold.

But there was one problem, once we got them home we had absolutely no idea what to do with them or how to cook them. Extra care had to be taken because they cost a whopping $40+ each and Mum refused to let me pay.

Talk about pressure. 

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 Bing Food & Drink App came to our rescue
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With just a few swipes and taps on my Dell tablet,
 and hey presto we had expert recipes at our disposable
and even wine recommendations to accompany our feast. 
To cut it short, they just needed to take a short nap in the freezer, then indulge in a hot salty spa, simmer with some delectable fresh herbs and to seafood heaven they would go. 
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Words cannot describe just how good they were
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It seemed such a shame to throw out all the shells.
Another search on the Bing Food & Drink App and within
minutes we had fish stock simmering away.
As a self confessed foodie whose appetite is insatiable especially after a long run on the weekend, the Windows Bing Food & Drink app is both a lifesaver and a timesaver. I no longer have to spend hours combing the web looking for the perfect recipe to satisfy a craving or two. Bing has done all the hard work for me and makes cooking a meal that much more enjoyable. Once I’ve found a recipe I like I simply add it to my ‘Collections‘ and it’s there waiting for me for the next time I need it. 
And I will need it again because I cannot stop thinking about just how delicious and amazing it was. 
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I even used some of my own freshly grown herbs. Winning!
This would be my last supper if I ever had to choose one. Seafood is finicky and precious, if you overcook or undercook it you’re in big trouble, one episode of Masterchef will tell you this. These mudcrabs were cooked to perfection and just melted away in your mouth with hints of fresh garlic, lemongrass and ginger. 
But for now I have a litre of homemade fish stock in the freezer just begging me to pick up some fresh prawns and make some seafood chowder. 
It’s also times like these when I am thrilled HB is still a vegetarian because I don’t have to share.
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