When I casually mentioned on Tuesday that we were embarking on a 3 day detox I may have given you the wrong impression. I can assure you there were no buckets or pipes involved and we weren’t fasting – we were just off the booze & meat and trying to survive on juices, salads and soups that was all. Let’s face it there’s plenty of people who make that a life choice every day of their lives.
You see moving to a new country is a little like being on holiday when you just eat to your heart’s content for a couple of weeks with no thought to the consequences. Except when you move to a new country you just want to eat. everything. new. right. now. And it goes on for months, not a couple of weeks. Shanghai has plenty of great street food and as anyone who follows jamjnr on instagram will know we are partial to a dumpling now and again. Honestly, it’s the equivalent of a kid in a candy store.
Months of over indulgence on top of not being able to run for the last couple of months plus the weekend in Macau – we just had to put a firebreak in there somewhere. Hence the flash detox.
For my carnivorous boy, however the first 24 hours were tough. After going to bed allegedly hungry (and getting zero sympathy from me), he had a watermelon juice for breakfast and took to work gazpacho, watermelon, veggie sticks and an apple & banana. Now that’s hardly suffering for the cause is it? Although he probably won’t want to see a bowl of gazpacho anytime soon!!! When he got home last night and walked out of the lift he said he could smell steak and walked through the door to be greeted with a huge salad and hummus. How disappointing for him. He should have knocked on the door of Apartment 2012 instead…
This was Tuesday night’s dinner. I couldn’t help myself when I saw the crab at Fuxing Lu. I know, I know – that is exactly how we’ve got ourselves in this predicament in the first place. I won’t even try to tell you how I justified it in my head it’s too embarrassing. Loosely based on a recipe I saw over at fingerforkknife I’d had it bookmarked for summer and knew now was a good time to pull it out.
If you’re interested, the crab weighed in at around 380g and cost a grand total of 30RMB, around $5.40. The guy on the stall threw in a plate of crab legs too for free and I ended up with about 120g of meat after I’d picked it all out. Next time I’ll have a glass of wine to help with the tedium!
This is such a pretty soup and so easy. It really only takes 10 minutes max to make and there’s no need to make ahead.
It actually doesn’t need the crabmeat, it can hold it’s own without but if it’s a special occasion I would go to the bother. I had the leftover soup for lunch yesterday with shaved fennel and toasted pine nuts scattered over the top and it was delicious.
The detox ends tonight with dinner at elEfante. Might as well start as we mean to carry on…..
Chilled Cucumber and Mint Soup
Serves 4 Prep time 10 minutes
450g cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
250g natural yoghurt
3 tbsp lemon juice
handful each dill & mint, roughly chopped
salt & pepper
1/2 avocado, finely chopped
1 tbsp each dill & mint, finely chopped
couple of ice cubes for each bowl
1) Use a food processor or stick blender to whizz all the soup ingredients together until smooth.
2) Season to taste. If eating straight away serve with ice cubes in each bowl and garnish or chill until later.
Use the recipe as a guide – the herbs can be mixed up or you could add avocado to the soup at Kate does.