Monday, August 23, 2010

Crab Meat Omelet and Mixed Berry Crumble Cake

Last week when I went visiting my parents, my mum gave a little surprise. ;) She actually bought me 3 fresh blue crabs! ;) At first I felt a little helpless because I have not handled fresh crabs before and it's been awhile since I last cooked them too. :P Luckily my parents helped me washed and steamed the crabs, then packed them nicely for me to bring home. Lucky me! They told me these fresh crabs have really sweet and tender meat, best eaten that day. My mum gave me a few suggestions and I decided to go with the simplest yet delicious recipe; Crab Meat Omelet.
One of the main reason why I chose to go with this recipe is because my 2 young girls. I can't expect them to get the crab meat out of the spiky shell themselves....they probably be complaining more then eating!
It was not too difficult to get the meat out, because it was really fresh and the meat was plum and juicy. However it was a little time consuming to do all 3. :P These 3 crabs actually yielded quite a bit of meat, which could make 2 BIG plates of crab meat omelet. So I freeze half of it for good use the following week. :)
If you are interested to make this dish, here is how I did it:

Ingredients for Crab Meat Omelet:

150g fresh crab meat

1 tbsp minced garlic and shallot
3 large eggs

1 tsp light soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1 ripe tomato, sliced into thin wedges

1 spring of green onion, diced small


Method:
  • In a large bowl, crack the eggs in. Add 2 tbsp of water into the eggs and lightly beat it till frothy.
  • Add soy sauce into the egg mixture and some salt and pepper to taste.
  • In the meantime, heat up the wok with about 2 tbsp of cooking oil at medium high fire.
  • Add in the garlic and shallot and stir fry till fragrant. Add in the eggs and swirl the wok a bit to cover more surface area.
  • Moments later, add in the crab meat, tomato wedges in. Leave it for a good 3 minutes to get that golden brown color before starting to flip the omelet to fry the other side.
  • After frying the other side for another 3 minutes, dish up and sprinkle some chopped green onions over. Serve while still warm.
This is really a simple and wonderfully delicious dish, even my elder daughter who is not too fond of seafood, enjoyed it a lot too! ;) The fresh sweetness of the crab meat was tasty with the tender soft omelet, double thumbs up! Some might feel that it's too much 'luxury" to add the crab meat in such a simple dish...come on, who cares if it still ends up in my tummy?! Lol! Hope you all will be able to try it out. ;)

Another lovely recipe that I want to show everyone today is yet another simple recipe that you can whip up in no time. It's Mix Berry Crumble Cake. This cake was actually an order for my neighbors here and since they do trust my taste, I decided to introduce a new cake to them. In fact, after taste testing it, I was really glad I did that. ;)

Since strawberries and blueberries were quite abundant in the past weeks, making this mixed berry cake was not too difficult. And I love using fresh berries to bake, it really makes the cake extra moist and gives it a vibrant color too! ;)
This recipe is actually adapted from my previous Strawberry muffin recipe but made some modifications to it. I replaced 1/3 of the caster sugar with brown sugar, added sweet crumbs on top and also added blueberries on top. Note that I did not mix the berries into the batter this time, merely just sprinkle them on the top.
The contrast in the sweet crumbs on top and moist tender cake below was really good. And every mouth is like almost melt in the mouth...yummy!
With a cup of tea and a slice of this sweet cake and you are golden. ;) If you try this out, you can also use fresh cherries which might also be a good combo with the cake. ;) The next time I make this I will make it in a big round cake pan...enough to last me a few good days. ;) Okay, got to run now, take care all! Have a great week!

33 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

I want some of each! Crab meat omelet makes me salivate! Can't easily find crabs here in Germany (in Hamburg, maybe, but elsewhere, it's just too difficult to get some quality seafood).

jelena said...

Same here no crabs where I live, but I can just imagine how good all this food tastes! Greatjob!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

The other day I just cook this kind of flower crabs Kam Heong style, my kids just love it. Your crab meat omelet sound delicious too, but I too lazy to take out meat..

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

When I first saw the thumb nail of your new post,I thought you came up with some strange crab omelette dish wiht mixed berries... hahaha. The crab omelet looks very good. I will do this if I can get my hands on some crab meat!

Anncoo said...

Hey BeeBee, I just cooked chilli crab yesterday and I like some of your crab meat omelet...looks so yum..yum..and the crumble cake for my afternoon tea ;DD

MaryMoh said...

Love the omelette and cake. Your cake looks very moist and delicious....mmmm

Happy Homebaker said...

You are a great cook! I wouldn't be able to make this crab meat omelet as I will probably finishing eating the crab while trying to remove the shells, haha! I like crumble toppings on cakes, it just make the cake taste so heavenly :)

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

So nice of you to remove the meat for your girls.
I'm a huge crab lover. As for me, I love to suck on the crabs legs, The moment the flesh comes out is the best. I don't like the body part that much.
Hahah.

Passionate About Baking said...

Actually I like crab meat omeletter and crab meat fried rice. But I'm just too lazy to extract the meat from the crabs. :p Your crab meat omelette made me drool...
I realised that you like crumbles. :) I also, but just a bit lazy to add them to the cakes. It sure make the cake "classier" with the crumble toppings. Must learn from you. :)
Btw, just want to share that adding some milk to the eggs will make your omelette a bit fluffier and nicer. I've been doing this for quite a while now. Maybe you can try?

ICook4Fun said...

That is a plate of luxury omelet. A good idea in using crab meat. I love to eat this type of flower crab especially when it is in season. Lots of roe in it :)

petite nyonya said...

Crabmeat omelet sounds so good! I got frozen crab meat in my freezer & may just try this soon. The cake looks so moist and good too! :)

Jess @ Bakericious said...

Bee Bee, I nvr eat crab meat omelet, look at your omelet so delicious. I love the crumble topping of the cake, wish I can a slice :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Hi Angie,
Can understand how you feel about not being able to get seafood. ;P Hope you get to travel here to Asia, will treat you a BIG plate of this omelet! ;)

Thanks Jelena!

@Sonia: I know what you mean, it took me almost an hour to dug out all the meat! But my young girls will not be able to enjoy them if I don't leh...what to do. ;P Yes, try it out...eating big chunks of crab meat without any shells in the way is really a luxury!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Shirely: Hahaha, funny how you misinterpreted my post title. Yeah I am lazy to post more often, so I tend to group a couple together every post. ;P I can't imagine if one day I do make a crab meat omelet fruit cake....I'm probably wack by then! Lol!

@Ann: Really?! Yum! I love chili crab any day! So when you coming for tea? The crumb cake will be ready for you, heehee.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks MaryMoh! It is really moist, do try it out when you got the chance. ;)

@HHB: Heehee, you know I'm not as self-controlled as you thought I am, lol! I still sneaked a couple bites here and there while removing the meat!

@Wendy: Really? You don't eat the body part? Gee,I find it too troublesome to suck out those small chunks of meat leh. You know what, we should go eat crab together, like crab eating ka ki, then we won't be fighting for the same parts! Lol!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Jane: Heehee, yeah the sweet crumbs on the cake is like an extra treat to eating the cake. :) You know, I actually do add liquid to my omelet! But usually for breakfast omelet with cheese, I will add milk. For these kind of Asian omelet, I usually just add water. Thanks fgor bringing that out, I should have mentioned it in my post. ;

@Gert: That's what my mum told me too! She said the flower crabs are in season and it's really good. ;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Joslynn! ;) Do let me know how your omelet turn out yeah? Yes, the cake is very moist...do try it too. ;)

@Jess: You have to try this omelet recipe if you have some crab meat at hand, fry it up with some eggs, yum!

busygran said...

These crabs yield sweet meat unlike the usual chilli crab eaten at restaurants. They go well in omelette and yours simply looks so mouth-watering! And so does your berry crumble cake.

neyeeloh said...

Ever since I tried your apple crumbles muffin, I am in love with anything with crumble topping... haha... Thks for sharing the recipe

youfei said...

i LOVE crabs! and I love eggs too..so a crab omelette is just perfect! haha
Your daughters are fortunate!

The mixed berry crumble cake looked really really nice and moist. Could it be due to the brown sugar?

Kitchen Corner said...

Hi Bee,
I haven't cook my own crab meat omelet before. May be I'm too lazy to get out of the crab flesh. I bet the omelet must be very tasty as crab meat had got the great taste.
Beside, your loaf of crumble cake really tempting for me. I miss this kind of crumble cake a lot.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks again for your compliments busygran. ;) Yeah, flower crab has sweeter meat, yum!

@neyeeloh: Really?? Hahahha! Nicer texture with the crumbles right. ;) Hope u will try this one out too, happy baking!

@Youfei: Heehee, you see me when I am their disciplinary master at home, lol! Mmm....as for the brown sugar contributing the moisture, very possible. The yoghurt & milk in the batter. ;)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Thanks Grace. This cake recipe s very simple and easy to make. Hope you get to try it out. ;)

ReeseKitchen said...

Aiyo Bee Bee, I want both of these.....!!! I love crabs and the cake looks so delicious. Ok, another one I got to try...:)

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Bee Bee, I love crab omelet! I know this sounds lame ... But when I was in the States, I craved for the dish so bad. And you know, seafood, be it frozen or fresh (do they even have fresh in Minnesota!!??), are so expensive ... I mean in Minnesota ... Anyway, to curb my cravings, I bought the "crab meat filament" and made "蟹肉炒蛋" ... Haha! At least, I knew the meat tasted sweet ... like real crab meat.

Whoever that becomes your neighbor is so damn lucky! LOL!

edith said...

WOw I love crab meat omelet only that I don't know how to buy crabs. So never will be able to replicate this lovely dish. Seeing yours is enough to make me crave.

Elin said...

BeeBee...I want some of each ! I love crab meat omelette and your berries crumble cake looks delish...you have managed to make me salivate and stomach growling now :) Thanks for the recipe will want to try your berry crumble cake :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Reese: Heehee, I am still thinking about the crab meat omelet even after i've eaten it 1 wk ago! Lol! Oh yes, do try the mix berry cake, very moist and yummy, I am sure your girl will love it.

@ Pei-Lin: You poor thing! But I can understand how you feel, sometimes you just have to go with what you have....even though when it's "fake" , lol! Hope now that you are back in Asia, you get to satisfy your craving. My neighbour is lucky? Hmmm... not too sure woh, my kids are quite rowdy, heehee.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@Edith: I don't know how to buy crabs too! I guess it's lucky that my parents are helping me on this. ;) Hope you will find the trick soon and make this at home.

@Elin: Hahaha....glad my pictures can do that wonder! Perhaps it's near meal time yah? Hope you will like the crumble cake, it's my new favorite fruit cake. ;)

pigpigscorner said...

wow, a very luxurious omelette!

mysimplefood said...

Crab meat omelet is yummy!! To take out the meat is so troublesome. That's why I only have it outside..

Honey Bee Sweets said...

@pigpigscorner: yeah, I thought so too, but whether to eat it straight or in an omelet, it still ends up in my tummy, heehee.

@mysimplefood: i too don't usually eat crab at home. But my dear mum has given them to me, will be stupid of me if I told her no yah? As I've said, I did the omelet for my girls...else they won't be able to enjoy it. :p

Aimei said...

wow.. the crab meat omelet and crumbs look so yummy!