A crab kake recipe inspired by Asian cuisines found on godt.no
Replace the traditional fish cakes with succulent crab cakes and serve them with wasabi mayonnaise and a fresh green salad. Perfect everyday dinner – with an Asian twist!
Tip: If you want to make a little extra out of your meal, why not make homemade mayonnaise.
Wasabi (ワサビ or わさび（山葵), earlier 和佐比; Eutrema japonicum or Wasabia japonica) is a plant of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbages, horseradish, and mustard. It is also called Japanese horseradish, although horseradish is a different plant (which is generally used as a substitute for wasabi, due to the scarcity of the wasabi plant). Its stem is used as a condiment and has an extremely strong pungency more akin to hot mustard than the capsaicin in a chili pepper, producing vapours that stimulate the nasal passages more than the tongue. The plant grows naturally along stream beds in mountain river valleys in Japan. The two main cultivars in the marketplace are E. japonicum ‘Daruma’ and ‘Mazuma’, but there are many others. The origin of wasabi cuisine has been clarified from the oldest historical records; it takes its rise in Nara prefecture, and more recently has seen a surge in popularity from the early 1990s to mid 2000s.
A salad recipe found in “Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes” published by Frank E Davis Fish Company in 1932
Frank E Davis Fish Company published a whole series of cookbooks like this one in the first half of the 1930s. They featured recipes for both for canned and fresh fish and shellfish. All were richly illustrated in full colour – Ted
A luxurious soup recipe found in “Sunt og Godt” (Healthy and Nice) published by Det Beste in 1988
This luxury soup is made with a minimal of effort and it is a pleasure to serve. The mild crab flavour gets a warmer undertone from the curry and basil. You can use lobster instead of crab if you want an even more exclusive soup.
It may be more exclusive, but it will not be more tasty, as lobster boiled in the traditional manner taste less than crabs cooked the same way
A party suggestion with menu and recipes found in “Vi Skal Ha Gjester” (We’re Having Guests) published by Johan Grundt Tanum Forlag in 1969
“Vi skal ha gjester” is not a cook book in the normal sense of the word, it is a book on hosting parties at home with menu suggestions and recipes.
And have times changed in the nearly fifty years since this book was written. How anyone dared to invite even their closest friend for dinner after having read in this book what it would take to make it a successfull evening I can’t imagine. What table cloth, what sort of flower arrangement and what sort of candles to use for what sort of evening was the least of the problems you had to tackle.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, those were hard times visitors. A time full of etiquette pitfalls and embarrasing situations. With a variety of blunders that could as we would say here in Norway, leave you standing with your ass bared.
A traditional pasty recipe will invariably contain meat but a delicious alternative is a Crab and Prawn Pasty. This pasty recipe is light yet very nutritious with such a lovely filling. Buy fresh crab meat when possible, if not, tinned white crab meat is also excellent.
A traditional dish from Scandinavian smorgasbords. usually served with fresh white bread and remulade sauce. Cabaret was frequently on the coffee table on the weekends in my childhood home. Usually we ate it while we watching the weekend entertainment on television.
I must confess that I’ve never made it myself or even eaten it since, although I enjoyed it a lot back then – Ted 🙂
A recipe from “Robert Carrier‘s kitchen Cook Book”
published in 1980
The picturesque fishing port of Brixham on the Devon coast brings in wonderful catches of fish, such as sole and turbot, as well as the more mundane mackerel. lt is also famous for its lobster, crab and scallops. Nowhere else, except in the West Country, would you find the following dish considered a reasonable luxury all the year round.
A recipe from “Festmat” (Party Food) published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1992
I love shellfish, but how come the most expensive of them is, at least served au naturel, the most tasteless and boring of them all. Lobster may be regarded as the finest, but hey, give me crabs any day. Here’s a very nice way to serve crabs as a filling starter or lunch – Ted
I think few people in the world eat more shell fish than Norwegians. Our coastal waters are rich with lobster, crabs and saltwater crayfish and further out the sea is full of shrimps. We have even managed to save our freshwater crayfish from the pest that wiped out the nordic species in Sweden.