Do you remember the opening from ABC’s Wide World of Sports? Jim McKay’s voiceover promised the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. My kitchen adventures have the same quality. Sometimes I will be euphoric in success. Other times, I will be left wondering how it is that I missed the mark. To me, the worst defeats are when the dish works technically but I’m disappointed with the end result because it’s just not what I was expecting.
This kind of defeat was recently dished up courtesy of Bon Apetit: Fast, Easy, Fresh. Everything about the recipe had me expecting a forkful of creamy, zesty, goodness in mere minutes. The mere minutes part was right but the rest was just a snoozer. What do you think, can this somehow be jazzed up or am I expecting too much Fast, Easy, Fresh from only eight ingredients?
Cilantro Lime Crab Salad
Bon Appetit: Fast, Easy, Fresh
- 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion or shallot
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- 8 ounces fresh crabmeat
- 1 large ripe avocado, halved, pitted, and peeled
Stir together onion, mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, cumin and lime zest in a medium bowl. Mix in crabmeat and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Arrange avocado halves, cut side up, on plates. Mound crab salad on each avocado half.