amh crawfish boil 2011
32 lb of some good sized and lively mudbugs. we found out the day before our boil that our athentic lousiana crawfish cooking/eating friends were not coming this year. so we somehow had 32 lb of crawfish and very few real crawfish eaters. we rolled up our sleeves and took control of these mudbugs ourselves. I once lived in louisiana, I can surely boil some bugs and I know kat was looking fwd to eating them. it was ON!
they were HUGE and feisty too.
he brought three bottles of Cava for a flight style tasting.
"I like this one, oh, I like this one even more" and so it went. we concluded that additional tastings may be in order to figure a clear favorite.
this was sort of like a height comparison, or shortness comparison.
not a lot of height going on over here. (excluding jason)
the big bug was hopeful it could latch onto that big ol' nose.
the governor pardoned a few crawfish. they were given a small chance at a new life in the lower koi pond; mostly snails tadpoles and dragonfly bugs down there.
after the first batch of bugs, we boiled some small red potato and green beans. SPICY AND GOOD! also had some steamed artichoke.
the final batch! kat wore her "crawfish eating robot" shirt. she actually found that shirt while cleaning up the rio frio! some of the best things in life are free.
while we had our own party, the kids each had friends over for swimming and PS3 fun. rinsing off in the outdoor shower after the pool portion of fun.
we moved into the screen room and the two champion crawfish eaters sat with a mountain between them. I rarely heard a word from that end of the table. just the crunching sounds of shells at a steady robotic pace. until....
they worked that giant pile down to just a few and finished them.
my contribution, rolls filled with crispy bacon, red pepper flake and blue cheese. when they came out of the oven I drizzled a bit of honey over the top. a small peek of the finished product can in a pic above (4th from top)
making good progress on the van!
kat discovered shiner's seasonal offering, Ruby Redbird. made with texas red grapefruit and ginger. I've read some very mixed reviews of this beer, but kat loved it. looking forward a tasty summer of it.