Peace Love & Crabs! 

Photo taken at Crab Shack – Dubai 

A very tasty bucket of finger licking queen crab and beautiful suculent lobster cooked till delicious in a tasty garlic butter sauce. What a feast!!! Looking forward till next time! 


What’s in Crab ? This ten-legged friend is high in protein and Full of goodness. It has trace elements of selenium and chromium as well as calcium, copper and excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which can be very good for people suffering from arthritis and high  blood pressure. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant and trace mineral. Crab is a low calorie food with only 128 calories in 100g and saturated fat – which makes it good for the heart!

What’s in Lobster? Lobster contains iodine, selenium, and B vitamins. It is great as a lean protein and can be cooked in several ways. It contains less calories, cholesterol and fat than other proteins like red meat and shrimp. 


Lobster in Garlic butter and Parsley:

8 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

2 tbsp. finely chopped parsley

1 1⁄2 tsp. crushed red chile flakes

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

Zest of 1 lemon

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 live lobster (about 1 to 1 1⁄2 lb.)

1⁄4 cup olive oil

Combine butter, parsley, chile flakes, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper in a bowl; set aside. Using a cleaver, split lobster in half lengthwise through its head and tail. Scoop out and discard the yellow-green tomalley and break off claws. Transfer lobster halves, shell side down, to a baking sheet; crack claws and place them on the baking sheet. Drizzle halves and claws with oil, and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a charcoal grill or set a gas grill to high; bank coals or turn off burner on one side (see “Grilling 101”). Place lobster halves, flesh side down, and claws on hottest part of grill; cook until slightly charred, 2-3 minutes. Flip lobster over and using a spoon, spread lobster with the garlic-parsley butter; continue grilling until lobster meat is tender, 3-5 minutes more.

http://www.saveur.com/grilled-lobster-with-garlic-parsley-butter-recipe

Moana… 

Srilankan sea bass and Malaysian sea bream at Moana restaurant Sofitel Palm Jumeirah. 


Fresh oysters

Oysters are full of nutrients and minerals, they are low in cholesterol and great for weight loss. They also help blood circulation and aid in wound healing. Futhermore they  improve mood and regulate stress levels – hence the well documented aphrodisiac qualities. 

Srilankan sea bream recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 teaspoons curry powder

2 13 1/2- to 14-ounce cans unsweetened coconut milk

1 cup chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth

2 medium carrots, peeled, cut into matchstick-size pieces

4 5- to 6-ounce sea bass fillets

4 green onions, thinly sliced

PREPARATION

Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and curry powder. Sauté mixture until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes. Mix in coconut milk and stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and boil until liquid is reduced to thin sauce consistency, about 50 minutes. Add carrots; simmer until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Preheat broiler. Place fish on baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil fish until just opaque in center, about 8 minutes. Using metal spatula, transfer fish to plates. Spoon sauce over fish. Sprinkle with green 

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/sea-bass-with-coconut-curry-sauce-101689

Crete 


I’ve always wanted to visit Crete ever since I was a little girl. I often used to hear my aunts speak of this beautiful island and apparently my grandfather’s mother was Greek and she was from there …she lived somewhere in the mountainous areas where the pine trees grow along side each other and they are famous for their organic honey and olive oil. 

Well this summer we decided to go on a family holiday and take our little one who is now two years old along with us. After lots of research and looking at islands we decided that Crete was the right choice for us. The family friendly beaches and pleasant weather made it perfect for an early September trip. We chose the Kiani Hotel ( family hotel) that has lots of fun for toddlers and youngsters ( kids play area, disco, entertainment) and also has an award winning beach! – check it out!You can also rent a car and drive to Elafonissi  beach – A tropical white sand beach that is wonderful for kids that love to walk around in shallow waters. You may also want to visit Chania, the second largest city in Crete.  35 mins away by car.  Check out the old port area… It’s so beautiful at night with lots to offer from bars and cafes to restaurants that serve a variety of fresh sea food that is cooked to perfection! Yum 🙂 great service and smiley faces make the experience a memorable one. Thank you Crete it was a pleasure! Xx
Restaurants to visit:

In Kalyves – Provlita, friendly service and fresh sea food!  Also Kritiko, the monk fish and grilled calamari are to die for! Lovely couple running the restaurant. We were even offered cake and ice cream with Raki shots on the house. 

In Chania – Monastiri  restaurant (Exellent Kebabs! With tomato and fresh yogurt!)

Chania bars that offer snacks –  Pallas and Nama