Days are getting short...I wish I could hang on to Summer a bit longer. I miss being in Japan..but the reality of that, I have to tackle my lengthy ‘to do’ lists …no moping is allowed…one on the list - up the blog post, I must!
Relic of Summer…Spontaneous sun flower still blooming in our back yard.
When I came across this crab and coconut spaghetti recipe which is now a crumpled newspaper clipping, no way they go together. The deciding factor is that this is not a complicated dish, also coincidentally I only have to get coconut milk, everything else is in my p-o-w-e-r! (pantry)! And I love new challenges (recipes).
Ingredients and Instruction for 4-6 servings (Print Recipe Here)
- 1 pound spaghetti.
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or chopped
- 1 teaspoon chili flakes, less or more depending on your heat tolerance.
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 pound crabmeat
- 1/3 cup coconut milk Note: I add closer to 1/2 cup
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
- 1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
- Freshly ground back pepper
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta until almost al dente in a large pot of salted boiling water. How to cook pasta fast – break pasta to fit in a large frying pan (see the photo above), add cold water to cover the pasta, cook uncovered.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a large frying pan over medium heat, combine olive oil, garlic, chili flakes and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is soft but not browned.
- Pour wine in and cook until reduced by half at medium–high heat.
- Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Add pasta to sauce, crab, coconut milk and 1/4 cup reserved pasta water. Simmer gently, stirring for 1-2 minutes. Note: Add more reserved water if you feel pasta is dry.
- Remove pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice, basil and parsley. Seasoned with pepper and sprinkle with the cheese.
Other good eats -
Food tastes better in bento form…and it’s fun!Today’s menu – chicken and tofu croquets, kimpira gobo, Japanese style omelet. On top of rice balls, I put Midas touch with gold bits I bought at Kanazawa city - 98% of gold production in Japan.
This was a very interesting experience (in Karuizawa)…Those tiny fishes exfoliate your legs…ticklish…strange… and a bit gross.