Crab Cakes with Wasabi Mayonnaise / Krabbekaker med Wasabimajones

A crab kake recipe inspired by Asian cuisines
found on  godt.no

Crab Cakes with Wasabi Mayonnaise / Krabbekaker med Wasabimajones

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.

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In Context

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.

Crabmeat Salad / Krabbesalat

A salad recipe found in “Old Gloucester Sea Food Recipes”
published by  Frank E Davis Fish Company in 1932

Crabmeat Salad / Krabbesalat

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

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A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

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

A Crab Evening for 4 Sixties Style / Krabbeaften for 4 Som På Sekstitallet

“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.

Ted
Winking smile

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Hot Crabmeat-Avocado Salad / Varm Krabbe og Avocado Salat

A recipe from “The Betty Crocker Recipe Card Library”
published in 1971

Salad - Hot Crabmeat Avocado Salad C

An elegant, different hot salad with moist filling and crunchy topping.

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Crab with Rice and Almonds / Krabbe med Ris og Mandler

A recipe from “Gryteretter” (Casseroles)
by Jennie Reekie published in 1977

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What is it with people in the western world. Even on this obviously Eastern inspired dish we are suggested to both drizzle it with chopped parsley and garnish it with parsley sprigs. There are a whole world of herbs out there, lovely herbs, tasty herbs, exiting herbs, so why this dull, boring, trite parsley. I simply can’t understand it. The rest of the recipe is very nice though – Ted 😉

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