Seafood Spread Birthday
Our family birthday tradition is a seafood spread. It started with my mum's birthday, which is in December. It's a tradition in our house that Mum doesn't cook dinner on her birthday. But we live on a farm out of town, so getting take out isn't an option.
I'm from Australia, so December is incredibly hot. We also live about 500 km's from the ocean. To really put our isolation in perspective, it is 125 miles to the nearest set of traffic lights!
So when my brother and Dad came back from a shopping trip on Mum's birthday, we had no idea they were going to bring home seafood. They managed to sneak it into the house when Mum and I weren't looking.
Then they spent the whole evening, from about 4pm hiding in the kitchen pretending to cook dinner. My brother even popped out and asked how to 'crumb shrimp' and held out this tiny can of shrimp".
When they finally announced "dinner is ready" we sat at the table, wondering what we would be eating.
Then they brought out trays and trays of cold seafood, beautifully plated on crushed ice. There must have been 5 pounds of shrimp, crab, oysters and mussels there. We all had a good laugh about they had pretended to take forever to make dinner.
It was the best birthday feast I have
ever had. Since then, there is always a seafood spread
on our birthdays.
If you like this birthday tradition, but prefer salads, seafood sauce or something hot, try one of my family favorite seafood spread
Cold Seafood Salads
1 - 1 1/4 cup of cooked shrimp, crab meat or lobster
1 cup of thinly sliced celery
1/3 cup of salad dressing or mayonnaise
1 tbsp sliced green onion
A large pinch of sea salt
A pinch of black pepper
Combine seafood and celery in bowl. Mix other ingredients. Pour over seafood and cover. Chill for a minimum of 2 hours.
Seafood Sauce Recipe
Here's my seafood sauce recipe that is so delicious and simple to make, Fraser will often mix this up to have with our shrimps.
Mix equal parts of mayonaise and tomato ketchup. Add a dash of Worcester Sauce (optional) and a pink of black pepper and salt.
Mix together and serve – its that simple!
Creamy Seafood Pasta
- 400g pasta
- 400ml double cream
- A handful of fresh basil
- Large pinch of sea salt
- Large pinch of black pepper
- 500g mixed cooked seafood such as shrimps or scallops
- 75g grated Parmesane
- Cook pasta until Al Dente.
- Heat cream gently with herbs and seasoning.
- Mix cream, pasta and cooked seafood together.
- Heat gently and add parmesan.
- Ensure piping hot before serving.
Enjoy your birthday seafood spread!