So I did what any sane, logical person would do. I cranked up the oven and made crab quiche.
Once--for a couple of weeks--every time I'd wash my hair, I'd start thinking about going crabbing. It drove me crazy. Why am I thinking about this right now? A head full of suds and nets baited with chicken necks...what's the connection?
Finally, a teensy current flowed through those frayed wires in my brain. (Maybe I shouldn't have been getting my head wet.) Water lilies! My shampoo was water lily scented. The piers I crabbed from as a child were surrounded by them. Water lilies. Not bottles of shampoo.
We left the house early to get to Lafitte (south of NOLA) by dawn. Stepping outside onto the driveway in a hush so we wouldn't wake the neighbors, I was always surprised by the heat and humidity that time of morning. Even though I'd experienced it hundreds of times, it was still surprising. The smallest hint of coolness once we got out to the water woke me up, made me take notice. The smell of water lilies hung like fog in the air, suspended in the humidity. If I wasn't completely awake by then, that did it. I was like a dog picking up a scent. I knew something was coming.
Mom says she just remembers the smell of rotting bait and dead crabs.
I'll stick with the water lilies. Thanks.
We'd tie bait to the nets, dad would tie them off to the posts on a maze of piers, and we'd lower them into the almost black water. My dad always did the tying--he worked summers on tug boats as a teen and knew a fancy knot or two. Then we'd wait for the bait to work its stinky magic, thinking about all the Big Daddy crabs we'd catch. I was always both excited to catch and nervous because I didn't want to get pinched. When it was time, we'd pull the nets up just right. Slow and quiet at first. Gently, steadily pulling the line hand over hand. Then pick the net up quick and level just as it met the surface to keep the crabs from swimming away.
Sadly, the place where I crabbed as a child is gone--another Katrina victim. But let me go wash my hair...
Crab Quiche served with Corn Maque Chou
Don't know 'bout you, but I'm diggin in.
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