She was craving all things seafood because you know they don’t get any of this fresh shit down south.
She traded warmth for fresh seafood and now look who’s feenin.
That’s what you get when you try and cut corners.
So I took her to a place that serves some of the fattest Lobster Rolls in Boston where I had a couple martinis because who’s kidding who.
I needed them.
Don’t get me wrong though – we had a great time stuffing our faces and catching up.
Me & mom skydiving last year.
Afterwards we hit the markets and picked up some fresh seafood.
I grabbed a pound of lump crabmeat, 18 large sea scallops, a couple wild salmon fillets, like 20 jumbo shrimp and now we’re in the checkout line.
Are you sure that’s enough seafood?
What? Mom, look at this.
Well I just…I don’t see any calamari.
I’m just saying sweetie.
Mom you don’t even know what I’m going to make with all this.
*excited look from her
What are you going to make?
*pops gum and rolls eyes
I was gonna make crab cakes out of the crab meat for one but you don’t deserve that anymore.
I ought to just feed you bread and water.
*thoughtful look from her
Nah, that’s ok.
You know what lady, just get in the car.
But I want some Gingersnaps now, let’s get some Gingersnaps before we leave.
*heads off to find the gingersnaps*
We finally get home and Mom immediately settles into a book with tea and her gingersnaps.
And I fall onto my bed staring at the ceiling with wide eyes going what the fuck..
We never got to the seafood folks.
We were still stuffed from all the lobster we ate so we skipped dinner.
Had a little mother-daughter Netflix action instead.
Then Sunday we woke up late and made pancakes, leaving us again too full to want anything else.
So here’s what you missed mom.
And when I come to Atlanta, I’m coming with a list of demands as long as my g*ddamn arm.
And I’m bringing your leftover gingesrnaps.
All 47 of them.
Seafood Soup with Pancetta Bits
What I Used.
1 lb Fresh Lump Crab Meat. 18-20 Fresh Jumbo Shrimp. 2 lbs Fresh Salmon Fillets. 1 cup Golden Potatoes (cut into ½ in cubes). 10 cups Clam Juice. ½ an Onion (roughly chopped). ¾ cup Diced Bacon. 1 cup Minced Pancetta. 3 cups Heavy Cream. 3 Red Thai Chili Peppers. 2 cups Fresh Cilantro. Olive Oil. Salt. Pepper.
What I Did.
Alright so this may seem overwhelming to make but it isn’t.
One pot meals are the simplest shit ever.
Heat a large pot over a med-high flame and add the diced bacon.
Cook, stirring often until the bacon begins to brown.
Add in the chopped onion.
When the onions begin to turn translucent, pour in the clam juice.
Bring to a boil.
Next, add the diced potatoes.
Then lower the heat a bit, cover and let cook for about 12 mins or until the potatoes are tender.
Stir in the cream.
I used Coconut Cream because lactose & I don’t get along well.
Bring to a boil then simmer under lower heat.
Shake in salt & pepper adjusting the taste as needed.
Give things a good stir, ensuring the shrimp & scallops are immersed in the liquid.
Add a little more clam juice/water if you need to.
Cook under med flame for 3-5 mins.
No more than 5 mins though. Overcooked shrimp, overcooked scallops…not cool.
Don’t fuck this up. 3-5 mins.
Lastly, sprinkle in the chopped cilantro.
Adjust seasoning to taste.
Give things a final good stir then remove from heat.