Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Oysterville: Day 3

consumed on 8/28/05

On our last day in Oysterville we decided to stop at Oysterville Sea Farms to pick up the obligatory jar of oysters and some amazing shortbread studded with dried cranberries. The shop was small but packed with delicious seafood and dried goods from around the Long Beach Peninsula.

The rest of the afternoon we spent hiking around the salt marshes on Willapa Bay. We were the only ones out there and it was eerie and oppressively quiet except for the chirping of crickets and the dim buzz of the dragonflies. The day was oddly muggy and the air was dank and stagnant. We wound our way along the spongy mud trail through the dead and decaying grasses, trying our best to avoid all of the snakes. The highlight of our walk was when we spotted seabeans. I’d never seabeans in the wild and I was slightly unnerved to see where they came from. We harvested several handfuls and left the marsh in search of crab—with the idea of recreating Rover’s crab bisque.

On the way out of town, we drove through Nahcotta and stopped at Willapa Bay Shellfish for two, beautiful, live crabs. Unfortunately, after the long drive back to Seattle, I forgot my seabeans in the car and ended up with just a crab. I didn’t have the proper ingredients handy for the Asian dipping sauce, so I decided to steam my crab with a coating of Survival Spice. I melted butter for the crab, but I was craving something more interesting. I pulled out the container of Survival Spice again and started using it like a dry dip. It may seem like an odd pairing, but I really enjoyed the assertively sweet and spicy flavors with the crab.

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9 Responses to “Oysterville: Day 3”

  1. Mmmmm, I love crab. The picture looks awesome!

    I’ve been making “Survival Butter” for crab lately. Great combo, I think (in all modesty, believe me, I’m really brutal when something doesn’t work) and it’s a really efficient use of butter and spice, too.

  2. megwoo says:

    PC – Survival Butter?! Love it!

  3. I’m so bummed you forgot the seabeans! I’ve never run into them in the “wild” or maybe I just didn’t know what they were before – seems like they’ve suddenly come into their own and are showing up all over town!

    ~ B

  4. megwoo says:

    Yeah, It’s too bad I forgot them—they were really crisp and good. So, whenever you’re in a salty, marshy, beach area, look down. They’re all over the place… almost like weeds!

  5. simon says:

    Survival spice on crab? Haha. I’ve got to try that out Meg. Great post!

  6. megwoo says:

    Thanks Simon, the crab was surprisingly good!

    P.S. Those Prime Burgers sound amazing. Can’t wait to see pics…

  7. Jane says:

    Fresh steamed crab, that is the life.

  8. JAckiemo says:

    Oysterville! Ah. Reading the archives.. My husband and I were married at the oysterville church about a year and a half ago. We had our reception at the school house and put our aprons on and cooked up oysters,clams and fresh dungeness crab frm the jolly Rogers Seafood in NAhcotta. I have spent many summers on the longbeach peninsula and this was the perfect place to get married for 2 foodies! J. Cash’s burning Ring of Fire was played on the piano at the Oysterville CHurch as our exit song. We asked to ring the bells at the church but they do not work. Instead we fired the cannon across the street into Willapa BAy! The Oysterville malisha is a fine organization and I strongly encourage others to support them! We had a fabulous wedding that took a lot of planning and putting your trust into people that we had never met. I am so glad we had the wedding we did! We go back every year for our anniversary

  9. megwoo says:

    Sounds like a wonderful wedding! How fun!

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