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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Seldovia, Alaska

A Yearning for Maryland Crab Cakes

What to do with the pound of frozen crab meat we acquired back in Valdez? Maryland crab cakes?

 We took the tour boat to Seldovia from Homer again it's a 2.5 hour ride over, 3 hours to look around and then the the ride back.....Seldovia is at high tide this time....I have some low tide pictures from 2005.

 Here's a low tide shot of Seldovia from our 2005 visit....

1 pound Alaska  crab meat
2 slices dried bread, no crust
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg beaten
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Fleur de Dijon mustard (or any poor substitute)
1/4 tsp Worcestershire
1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
salt to taste
2 tbsp olive oil

 Break the bread  into small pieces and moisten with the milk.

Mix with all the other ingredients. Gently fold in the crab. Only mix enough to combine ingredients. You don't want to break up the crab into fine shreds. Shape into 6 crab cakes, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Sauté until golden brown on each side. This will only take about 3-5 minutes per side.

Garnish with a squeeze of lemon.

 On the ride over you see wildlife like sea otters, puffins, seabirds, maybe a whale....the sea lions that were here last time have disappeared for reasons that are not understood...

 This RV is always right at the dock in Homer....the owner has a little vegetable garden. Note the twin salmon emblems above the front bumper...

We thought about taking the ferry to Kodiak. Unfortunately, one of the ferry boats is out of service so you have to wait two weeks to return if you go there by ferry....maybe we should check flights from Homer....

We find a man named Pearly on Seldovia....he has an old Dodge van with a cracked windshield and is trying to run Seldovia's taxi service....We negotiate a trip of about 20 miles along a gravel road and back...

Pretty flowers....

We pretty much get Pearly's life story....right now he is raising his granddaughter after the tragic death of his son and wife....he live in "the bush" before this so the 150 people in Seldovia seem like a lot to him....

There are 25 foot tides's a full moon so they are higher and lower than usual...

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