Monday, January 9, 2012

Pour Maman & How to Make a Seafood Platter

I have not yet finished my posts on France, but let me tell you that upon rentree in the States, my Mother made it clear that she wanted a p a r t y.  Her birthday was New Year’s Eve, and R and I dutifully called her from Beaune on Skype with best wishes, but what she really wanted was a seafood feast when I got home.  Of course….I spoil my Mom if you know me, and so tonight we had a few of her favorite foods with many of our extended family.

I prepared the entire meal in less than two hours’ time; and that involved a few stores but mostly a visit to our Chinese market, 99 Ranch Market.  Here in Southern California, they have the best prices for fresh Maine lobster ($6.99/lb  I have to ask Yvonne Petite Gallery how this compares), shrimp, and also live Dungeness crabs; unfortunately the steamer (free service) was en panne so I brought it all home.  Thank goodness I had brought two fait-touts home from France and pressed them into service with my NYC thrift-store one; as well as a pair of skimmers also from Guy~

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Is it just me, or do I feel like a chef when I cook with 19thC French copper? The lobster and crabs were prepared here quickly.

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The trio of pots are going off to Peter at East Coast Tinning this week for a redo on the lining; the largest one here, far right, is 19thC and with wolfs’ teeth joinery; it is $700 NEW at Williams Sonoma, but I prefer this old one sourced from Guy in Brittany and Normandie and full of character and about $130 to retin; more on retinning old coppers later;

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The ooohs and ahhs and oohs by my family, on the copper…will you soon be addicted to these pieces, as I am?

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In summer these skimmers scoop tomatoes from the pot; here, the shrimp, ready to go into an ice bath~

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And now to assemble a plateau; I know in NYC and Paris they use ice and the like, this is is simpler.  Start with a large tray.  This one I bought for my parents for their 50th; it is enorme, yes, so good for this~

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I cut up the boiled lobster tail in one dish, and use prepared Dungeness Crab in another dish, set aside~

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Halve several lemons and set on the platter~

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Prop up several seafoods, the mostly in-edible portion of the lobster as well as the crabs on the lemons (sent home w my bro in law each year, Merry Christmas!)

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I like volume…prop the lobster up a little…..

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Add in the claws or cut them up with the tail; add in the cups of meat behind~

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This was the quickest platter I have ever made but it was still so good~ toss boiled shrimp on top as well as a bunch of boiled whelks~

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my table was a mess and we had blue willow plates and pistol handled knives set out; it was fine….

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to cut the seafood, pommes frites, matchstick style; who can resist?

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Baked brie and homemade graavlax for starters, I will show you later…..

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Everyone was happy, it was a whipped up meal. We had dessert the next day which I will show you later.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

9 comments:

  1. What a feast for your lovely mother. A belated "Happy Birthday" from Downunder.

    Andrea - you keep taunting me with wonderful images of your copper pots and utensils!!!! Perhaps one day..........

    Hope to get an update from you soon (via email ) re our other conversation.
    Take care. xxx (3 up north!)


    Bisousxxx -

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  2. You had me at the copper pots! :)
    What a wonderful birthday celebration!
    I think we may need to have a seafood feast this weekend now you've got my taste buds attention.

    Jo

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  3. You know that I am smitten with your copper! = )
    Such a beautiful birthday feast!
    Happy Birthday to your mother from The Pacific Northwest, home of the wonderful Dungeness!
    ~Lynne
    [w/L]

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  4. The feast looks delicious; no matter what the copper pots cost! I am sure you mum was very happy with the results. The seafood was arranged beautifully.

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  5. Andrea,

    I can see your parents were excited to have you home from France!! A wonderful Birthday Dinner for your Mother!

    Call later if you can!

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  6. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Love love the platter of seafood. How wonderful. I love your pots also! Must remember to think of retinning when I see older pots. Duh.. welcome back! xo marlis

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  8. Superb, perfect and awesome...ALL of it!! beautifull images and truly special, thank you for sharing.
    hugs and xx Colette

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  9. something is happing when I go to your blog, it has huge spaces.. Anyway I posted the REAL Earl of Downton Abbey. He is just right for you. Comes witha castle..

    yvonne

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