Seafood street party
Have you tried exchanging goods vs favours instead of using money? My neighbour does the most amazing meringues and was asked if she could make some for a friend. The friend offered to pay but this was rejected.
The friend still wanted to give something back and when her son came home after a very successful fishing trip the answer was crawling around in the back of his van. They had caught a massive lobster that they thought would be a perfect exchange for the meringues. Said and done the exchange was made. I had a knock on the door to show me the lobster and it was impressive crawling around on the sidewalk along with some crabs.
There was so much seafood we were promptly invited to a seafood party the following day. Nothing brings people together like good food, good weather and good wine. Everyone brought something and all of the sudden we had a party.
The lobster may not look as big on the picture but one of my friends offered himself as a reference using just the big claw!
The lobster was so big it alone covered a big plate. I did see a smaller one sold at the fishmonger not long ago and it did cost a small fortune. When the lobsters gets this big sometimes they can loose some of the flavour but this one was perfect and absolutely delicious.
The crabs were cooked and I picked them and separated the white and the brown meat. White meat is delicious and delicate and brown meat has an amazingly rich taste, I think they compliment each other perfectly.
The weather was perfect and the table was set.
Everyone arrived, our little four legged friends were also welcome (the best kind of party)
This was a seafood feast and there was also delicious smoked mackerel
I brought a bulgur wheat salad, my latest favourite
D brought a lovely tomato salad, packed with juicy, ripe summer tomatoes, sprinkled with feta cheese.
Everywhere you look there are lovely sunflowers, even at the party! I couldn’t resist capturing them on camera.
There were whelks, a green salad, an abundance of fresh raspberries with cream and the meal was rounded off with cheese and very interesting pickled broccoli.
It had just the right crunch but even if it said it was perfect with cheese I believe it might be even better with fish as it had quite the bite from the vinegar.
The food was washed down with large amounts of chilled wine, rose and white and a good time, a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon. This was a great way to share exchanged favours!