Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Two Soups Please Waitress!

Several years ago, one of my clients introduced me to a fantastic winter recipe for Whisky Crab Soup. It has since become the cornerstone of the seasonal finale here at The Magical Christmas Wreath Company. Just like 'Johnny' always does the last dance of the season, I now make the last soup (!) of the season here in our workshop along with plenty of Christmas cocktails to help us wind down!


Well I just couldn't wait until next week for my annual fix of Whisky Crab Soup, so I hot footed it down to my favourite fishmongers in Notting Hill Gate this morning where they had kindly prepped the two and a half pounds of Dungeness crab that I needed to create my culinary magic as I don't like all that messy malarkey!

You can find the original recipe for Whisky Crab Soup here. I like to put my own slant on it in true Keith Floyd style, by simply increasing the measures of Cognac, Sherry and Whisky....cheers!

If that soup doesn't warm the cockles of your heart.......
 

13 comments:

  1. A hearty and yummy way to celebrate. More cognac, sherry, and whisky for moi :) Merry Christmas, Mister Paul! Stay fabulous and magical, my love!!! xoxo, L

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  2. The crab soup sounds delish Paul................I love soup and make it continuously, especially in the colder months.Today I made curried yellow squash....it was yummy!

    Know your busy rush must be slowing a bit by now - bet you are anxious to kick back and enjoy the Christmas holidays now!
    Merry Christmas....happy, healthy New Year.
    Mary

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  3. Dearest Paul,

    You really know how to celebrate! OH YEAH! I can only guess that this soup has a punch to it that will keep you warm on these cold but magical nights. I wish you and yours a Christmas filled with love, prosperity and HOPE! Anita

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  4. I would like to taste some please. You really know how to celebrate! That video was hilarious. But I would be out of there so fast.

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  5. I can always count on your posts to provide something fascinating…. and sophisticated! Love how you celebrate life! Can see that you do not let your busy season get you down. Keep enjoying the holiday season over in merry old England. Merry Christmas Paul!

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  6. It sounds delicious and it looks fantastic, as expected from a Magical man! Wait until Christmas, when you get Harry Potter's second hand magic wand, and you'll be even more magical!

    Like you, I like eating crab, but can't be bothered with the messy part. As you know, here in England I live in Cromer crab land, but I always buy my crabs dressed.

    Crabs are not silent creatures... if you are near a rocky beach, at night, you can actually hear them! When I was little, I used to go crabbing with my dad, in the holidays. I am actually really good at finding them, as they hide under rocks or inside holes. But you always know where they are!

    Holding a live crab is an art form. If you hold them by the claws, they can't hurt you (tell you what... that gorgeous Italian actor Raoul Bova is on Italian TV right now! Wow! Yummier than crab! I wish my dad had taught me how to catch Raould Bovas, rather than crabs!)

    I got distracted, as he is talking, so lots of close ups of beautiful eyes, lips, white teeth and he now has a beard.

    Well..the soup looks beautiful and very yummy! I wonder if Raoul Bova likes crab?

    My freezer is packed with lobsters, calamari and huge prawns for Christmas Eve. Not long till Christmas, now, Paul! What will we do in the New Year without a Christmas to look forward to?

    I send you lots of hugs. You look good with your moustache, Paul!

    BIG HUGS to you, Magical Paul!

    XXX ANNA

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  7. When you say Keith Floyd, do you mean you are now sloshed and seeing two messages from Di?
    When you say Keith Floyd, do you mean you are now sloshed and seeing two messages from Di?

    Great to know you!!!
    Great to know you!!!

    Di
    Di
    xoxo
    xoxo

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  8. Dear Paul,
    loving rituals I find the idea of a 'final soup for this year' - and such a delicious one! - fascinating! (I make the 'utimative brownies' once a year - now).
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Britta xx

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  9. Sounds fabulous Paul! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and enjoy those cocktails……

    Sophia x

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  10. Oh Paul-- the soup sounds delightful-- fresh crab would be magnificent. This would be a true holiday treat---

    Sending you wishes for a beautiful Christmas season--
    Vicki

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  11. Paul, Paul, Paul! I can always rely on you to make me laugh very loudly. Now I'm off to get me some crabs, yummy sounding soup. Thank you. Hope you have a very happy Christmas! I'll be toasting you from this side of the pond, Cheers!

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  12. Paul, I don't know how I missed this! Looks delicious. What a fun tradition as you wrap it up. I like your additions…I could see that being a really fun lunch! Lol.

    This video is a hoot! xKim

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  13. Love to share a bowl.
    with you.
    pve

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