Feeling tense stuck indoors? Doing these 4 things could help ease your stress levels
Feeling tense stuck indoors? Doing these 4 things could help ease your stress levels

Jennifer McShane

5 of our favourite funny podcasts to get you through this weird weather weekend
5 of our favourite funny podcasts to get you through this weird weather weekend

Lauren Heskin

If we’re talking about blood clots, we should be talking about the Contraceptive Pill
If we’re talking about blood clots, we should be talking about the Contraceptive Pill

Jennifer McShane

This idyllic Georgian home in Kilkenny with artist’s studio and stone cottage is on the market for €1.3 million
This idyllic Georgian home in Kilkenny with artist’s studio and stone cottage is on the...

Megan Burns

5 signs your relationship has run its course, according to experts
5 signs your relationship has run its course, according to experts

IMAGE

Khloe Kardashian picture: It’s time to take a step back and see how warped this has all become
Khloe Kardashian picture: It’s time to take a step back and see how warped this...

Amanda Cassidy

Operation Forth Bridge: What’s expected following Prince Philip’s death
Operation Forth Bridge: What’s expected following Prince Philip’s death

Jennifer McShane

Image / Living / Food & Drink

Freshen up your Christmas Day starter with JP McMahon’s crab claws and seaweed butter


by IMAGE Interiors & Living
20th Dec 2020
blank

More than any other time of year, at Christmas we tend to revert to traditions. Some of these are worth holding onto – the annual Christmas Eve catch up with a childhood friend, the family outing to choose the best looking tree. But others can grow tired and sometimes you can labour through them just for the sake of the season.


One of these can be the Christmas Day starter. Always playing second fiddle to the main event, it’s usually just a filler for a rowdy crowd until the potatoes finish cooking.

JP McMahon of Tartare Cafe + Wine Bar in Galway thinks it’s time to shake things up and is eager to involve more seafood into the holiday season, particularly considering some of the finest selection comes from our very own shores. “It’s a time when Irish seafood, shellfish and seaweed is at its best due to colder water,” he explains. “We also forget that we are people of the sea as well as the land.”

blank

So here’s JP’s crab claws recipe that might just outshine the turkey this year.

Crab Claws with Seaweed Butter
Serves four as a starter

Ingredients

24 crab claws, pre-cooked
• 1 tbsp kombu (kelp), dried and milled
• 225g butter
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• sea purslane and samphire, to garnish

Recipe

1 Soften and blend the kombu and lemon juice together and mix with the soften butter.
Gently melt 2 tbsp of the butter in a pan and warm the claws through over a moderate heat.
Serve and garnish with sea purslane, samphire or another herb.

Tip The excess butter can be stored in the fridge and used in the place of garlic butter to enjoy with steak or pasta.


Read more: Date night treat: Dublin Bay Prawns with Garlic Butter/Béarnaise Sauce

Read more: These Donal Skehan Christmas sausage rolls are my most-requested Christmas recipe

Read more: The 6 best places for oysters in Dublin

Also Read

Simone Ashley
CULTURE
Meet the new leading lady for the second season of ‘Bridgerton’

You might recognise Anthony Bridgerton's new love interest Simone Ashley as Olivia from 'Sex Education'.

By Lauren Heskin

cottages for sale in Co Cork
PROPERTY
4 cottages in Co Cork on sale for under €170,000

These properties vary in the amount of work they need,...

By Megan Burns

bedroom inspiration
INTERIORS
7 beautiful bedrooms from our Pinterest to inspire your decorating dreams

If you’re in need of some bedroom inspiration, take a...

By Megan Burns

blank
PROPERTY
3 large country homes for sale in Cork, Mayo and Kerry for under €200,000

A rural location can help your budget stretch further than you might expect, as these generously-sized homes prove.

By Megan Burns

noodle salad
FOOD & DRINK
What to eat tonight: Peanut soba noodle salad

Pippa Murray shares her recipe for her favourite noodle salad: a perfect weekday dinner recipe.

By Meg Walker

blank
PROPERTY
This deceptively big townhouse in Skerries with four bedrooms and a two-bed mews is on the market for €875,000

Don’t let the sweet terrace exterior of this house for...

By Lauren Heskin

midweek meals
FOOD & DRINK
3 simple midweek meals the whole family will love

By IMAGE

blank
INTERIORS
6 home office tips to create a space you actually want to work in

Setting up or settling into a new home office? Here...

By Lauren Heskin