Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Great time had by all

I must receive the "fun meals with small children" question once a week. Were it not for a legion of physicians warning against giving little ones seafood, for reasons of preventing a horrendous allergic reaction, I could recommend a rowdy, messy, crab cracking festival to you.



I am one of those lucky (?) mother's who found Grandma and baby engaged in an allergen summit one afternoon; Nuts, strawberries, and shrimp spread out on her high chair table just daring her to have three types of anaphylaxsis at once. It was the baby allergen trifecta, I thought I would swoon on the spot. But I recovered and thought, well, at least I have those answers now.

Consequently, there is little I cannot feed my year-old, including Maryland steamed crabs.



This meal is an uncultivated barbaric mess. An unpredictable event of creepy undersea things encrusted in curious red gunk ("Old Bay and stuff," in technical parlance), fiercely addressed with mallets, and picked apart to succulent crabby shreds (which will leave you no questions as to why buying crab in the market is so costly). This process takes hours and limitless patience but even in restaurants which serve steamed crabs requires only fearlessness and no cleanliness or real table manners since smashing, sucking, and pitching are all par on this course.





I have two toddlers, I go where the mess takes me. Baltimore steamed crabs. Great time had by all.

8 comments:

Kathy said...

LOVE the last photo!
Life just happens doesn't it!!!!
Wonderful Post...
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Trish said...

Gorgeous pictures! Looks like a really fun party! I grew up surrounded by seafood down South, and crab and crawfish parties are some of my fondest childhood memories. Now I am craving some yummy Maryland crabs!! :)

Reggie Darling said...

Now, that's what I call Heaven! I could feel the burn from the spices just looking at the pictures... Must have crabs, and soon!
Reggie

Angie said...

Crabs...yum. And yes, the messyness is part of the fun!

tintin said...

Tis the season.

Been in training for crab all winter long. I douse two soft boiled eggs each morning with Old Bay and hit 'em with a couple shakes of Outerbridges Sherry Pepper sauce.

I am ready for main event.

The Tablescaper said...

Looks delicious and fun! I've been feeding my children seafood since they were little too, so they love it. Thankfully no allergies.

- The Tablescaper

Ruby’s Upcycle Designs™ said...

Yummy! Looks like a great feast!
xoxo Beth
http://www.RubysUpcycleDesigns.com

Kerry said...

Now I'm homesick! Can't wait to move back East.