Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crab sticks and Pineapple - salad variations and some very honest doubts

We had a Salad Competition organised by the Ladies Forum of our College Allumini some time back and my entry was Crab Stick and Grilled Pineapple variations.
 

 
The times that you feel like doing something...but again, get no idea what . (same as in the previous post on Rose'y Chicken Puffs) So, the best option is to roam around the Super market, browsing all that is on the racks, believing something will click. It was during one of the "market browsings" that i happen to see this  pack of "crab sticks" in the freezer section. That did sound interesting, coz I had never bought it before .So, that was it, crab sticks with something...for the competition.
 
an innocent doubt..don't you agree ??
 
 
Crab sticks (imitation crab meat, seafood sticks) are a form of kamaboko, a processed seafood made of finely pulverized white fish flesh (surimi), shaped and cured to resemble leg meat of snow crab or Japanese spider crab.

 
Recommendations on the packing is to have it as such, (after defrosting, that is). But, to the Indian taste buds, it definitely will be bland. So, I gave a slight fry to these sticks in 2 table spoons of olive oil and dashed some pepper and dried herbs atop (optional), for  a flavour. Do not be too rough , and do not fry it for more than a minute or two, else they shread into fine strips.
 
Now, that the super market browsing is done, next is the online browsing..on what to do with these. and finally...decided to pair it with pineapple.
 
Option 1 :
Individual serve portions of flavoured crab sticks with grilled pineapple . These could go as an appetizer as well.

hummm... next.
 
*Cut the pinepple into thin strips almost to the same length as the crab sticks.
*Make a sause mix - sweet chille sauce + barbaque sauce + pepper powder + salt
* Brush the sauce mix on these cut pineapple strips and grill till done. Not too dry, they should still be juicy.

Arrange in small wine glass with some salad greens around to keep it in place, with of course, the additional low cal benefits of thyself.


Option 2: Mixed mayonnaise salad
Pineapple (plain, not grilled)
Bell peppers - green, yellow, red, orange
(Cut the above into small pieces)
Crab sticks (flavoured, as above), cut and shredded


Mix everything with low fat garlic mayonnaise (or any flavoured variety of your choice), sprinkled with some pepper powder and salt to taste.




I used Bell Pepper cups for presenting the mayonnaise salad. Cut the peppers (one colour each) into half, fill it with the salad, topped  with few cut pieces of the peppers  in the centre. Red cuts over the salad in the red pepper bowl..so so. 

The platter now awaits the judges.
 


A very justifiable answer, by little Ms. Pussy...and my salad variation platter did win a prize in the competition. ;)

So until next ..you all have a great time !!!

42 comments:

  1. Salad sounds wonderful, loved the humor in your post.. I did not have this doubt about pine or apple until now :P Using bell pepper cups definitely adds beauty to the salad.. Well done on the post :) And congrats on the win dear :)

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    1. :) lol..well me too thought in these lines only after seeing those images...

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  2. This sounds interesting Sona! You're right that Treat and Trick FB belongs to me where I'd shared my kitchen tips and my recipes...

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  3. Hi Sona, Congratulation! That's a very appetizing salad, nice plating too. I love grill pineapple, my all time favorite.

    I really enjoyed read your humor posting, love the pine and apple. Love those funny pics too.

    Have a wonderful day ahead.

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    1. thanks Amelia...me too love pineapple ..esp in rice and biriyanis...

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  4. Lovely sona, wonderful and very inviting salad... I love the pussy poster...

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  5. inviting salad cups :-) love it...

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  6. love all the salad ideas. delicious.

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  7. Such an awesome twist on salad Sona. This one would win my Indian palette and my desi baby for sure.

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  8. Sonaaaaa. It is really really so good to see an old blogger friend. How have you been my dear. I stopped blogging after Dad passed away. I tried a lot to come back but couldn't. Then came motherhood so all the more reasons.... But now I am back for good. Your blog looks lovely. God bless you. Hope ellam sugam aanu?

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    1. really really glad to meet you after ages, Shella..just fine..have replied at your space.

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  9. Looks super delicious

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  10. Love your post, by the imittation crab sticks and pineapple salad looks delicious, Congrats on winning salad recipe.

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  11. Hey Sona,
    Lovely salad,I once tried imitation crab to make nadan njandu curry phew!!Could not eat more than one piece But I really like its sweetness in salads.

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    1. ayyo..dont think it will work the indian way.... just keep it limited to salads n sppetizers.

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  12. Sona njan oru mail ayachund pickquicks id il nokane

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  13. Congrats on the win Sona :) Great ideas and loved that cat in the end. Now I can't get this 'Neither Pine nor Apple' thing out of my mind! I hope I won't grin at a Pineapple the next time I see one at the Veggie Vendor's :D

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  14. Lovely salad wonderful write up and congrats on the win dear

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  15. Yummy looking salad n nice post

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  16. Congrats Sona!!! That was indeed a cool way of presenting the salad!!!!

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  17. Awesome Sona....great one... You have good sense of humour :)!!!

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  18. wow what a nice presentation of the salad... love it... and the dinasour and cat pictures are superb...

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  19. Haha, wonder mommy, why did I know at the beginning of the post itself that u won a prize?? Congrats.. A well thought idea :) Loved it !!

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  20. Yummy and healthy salad.

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  21. Delicious salad with wonderful pictures.

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  22. Thats a lovely and easy recipe...wonderful

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Crab sticks and Pineapple - salad variations and some very honest doubts

We had a Salad Competition organised by the Ladies Forum of our College Allumini some time back and my entry was Crab Stick and Grilled Pineapple variations.
 

 
The times that you feel like doing something...but again, get no idea what . (same as in the previous post on Rose'y Chicken Puffs) So, the best option is to roam around the Super market, browsing all that is on the racks, believing something will click. It was during one of the "market browsings" that i happen to see this  pack of "crab sticks" in the freezer section. That did sound interesting, coz I had never bought it before .So, that was it, crab sticks with something...for the competition.
 
an innocent doubt..don't you agree ??
 
 
Crab sticks (imitation crab meat, seafood sticks) are a form of kamaboko, a processed seafood made of finely pulverized white fish flesh (surimi), shaped and cured to resemble leg meat of snow crab or Japanese spider crab.

 
Recommendations on the packing is to have it as such, (after defrosting, that is). But, to the Indian taste buds, it definitely will be bland. So, I gave a slight fry to these sticks in 2 table spoons of olive oil and dashed some pepper and dried herbs atop (optional), for  a flavour. Do not be too rough , and do not fry it for more than a minute or two, else they shread into fine strips.
 
Now, that the super market browsing is done, next is the online browsing..on what to do with these. and finally...decided to pair it with pineapple.
 
Option 1 :
Individual serve portions of flavoured crab sticks with grilled pineapple . These could go as an appetizer as well.

hummm... next.
 
*Cut the pinepple into thin strips almost to the same length as the crab sticks.
*Make a sause mix - sweet chille sauce + barbaque sauce + pepper powder + salt
* Brush the sauce mix on these cut pineapple strips and grill till done. Not too dry, they should still be juicy.

Arrange in small wine glass with some salad greens around to keep it in place, with of course, the additional low cal benefits of thyself.


Option 2: Mixed mayonnaise salad
Pineapple (plain, not grilled)
Bell peppers - green, yellow, red, orange
(Cut the above into small pieces)
Crab sticks (flavoured, as above), cut and shredded


Mix everything with low fat garlic mayonnaise (or any flavoured variety of your choice), sprinkled with some pepper powder and salt to taste.




I used Bell Pepper cups for presenting the mayonnaise salad. Cut the peppers (one colour each) into half, fill it with the salad, topped  with few cut pieces of the peppers  in the centre. Red cuts over the salad in the red pepper bowl..so so. 

The platter now awaits the judges.
 


A very justifiable answer, by little Ms. Pussy...and my salad variation platter did win a prize in the competition. ;)

So until next ..you all have a great time !!!

42 comments:

  1. Salad sounds wonderful, loved the humor in your post.. I did not have this doubt about pine or apple until now :P Using bell pepper cups definitely adds beauty to the salad.. Well done on the post :) And congrats on the win dear :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. :) lol..well me too thought in these lines only after seeing those images...

      Delete
  2. This sounds interesting Sona! You're right that Treat and Trick FB belongs to me where I'd shared my kitchen tips and my recipes...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Sona, Congratulation! That's a very appetizing salad, nice plating too. I love grill pineapple, my all time favorite.

    I really enjoyed read your humor posting, love the pine and apple. Love those funny pics too.

    Have a wonderful day ahead.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks Amelia...me too love pineapple ..esp in rice and biriyanis...

      Delete
  4. Lovely sona, wonderful and very inviting salad... I love the pussy poster...

    ReplyDelete
  5. inviting salad cups :-) love it...

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  6. love all the salad ideas. delicious.

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  7. Such an awesome twist on salad Sona. This one would win my Indian palette and my desi baby for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Sonaaaaa. It is really really so good to see an old blogger friend. How have you been my dear. I stopped blogging after Dad passed away. I tried a lot to come back but couldn't. Then came motherhood so all the more reasons.... But now I am back for good. Your blog looks lovely. God bless you. Hope ellam sugam aanu?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. really really glad to meet you after ages, Shella..just fine..have replied at your space.

      Delete
  9. Looks super delicious

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  10. Love your post, by the imittation crab sticks and pineapple salad looks delicious, Congrats on winning salad recipe.

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  11. Hey Sona,
    Lovely salad,I once tried imitation crab to make nadan njandu curry phew!!Could not eat more than one piece But I really like its sweetness in salads.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ayyo..dont think it will work the indian way.... just keep it limited to salads n sppetizers.

      Delete
  12. Sona njan oru mail ayachund pickquicks id il nokane

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  13. Congrats on the win Sona :) Great ideas and loved that cat in the end. Now I can't get this 'Neither Pine nor Apple' thing out of my mind! I hope I won't grin at a Pineapple the next time I see one at the Veggie Vendor's :D

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  14. Lovely salad wonderful write up and congrats on the win dear

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  15. Yummy looking salad n nice post

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  16. Congrats Sona!!! That was indeed a cool way of presenting the salad!!!!

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  17. Awesome Sona....great one... You have good sense of humour :)!!!

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  18. wow what a nice presentation of the salad... love it... and the dinasour and cat pictures are superb...

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  19. Haha, wonder mommy, why did I know at the beginning of the post itself that u won a prize?? Congrats.. A well thought idea :) Loved it !!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Yummy and healthy salad.

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  21. Delicious salad with wonderful pictures.

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  22. Thats a lovely and easy recipe...wonderful

    ReplyDelete