Festivus!

Last year’s Friendsgiving was such a blast, we decided to do it again this year. But, in true Audrey fashion, I brought up making plans whenever we got together with our friends, and then forgot to nail down actual plans for the dinner until the day before Thanksgiving.

Whoooooops.

So, better late than never, we threw a Festivus Friendsgiving Low Country Boil and Pie Party for our Abercrombie Street family. I’ve only been to one other shrimp boil, and it was in my “seafood is gross” phase (I was an idiot child) so I only ate the sausage and potatoes. So I don’t have much to compare ours to. But holy shit — it was delicious.

Our friend Rob hosted, and Joel put together the boil: crawdads (or craw fish, or “yabbi” in Australia), blue crab (or crab that is blue), sausage (German), potatoes (brown), and corn (shucked and cobbed). Julian made sweet, sweet American style southern corn bread (just like mom used to make, be still my heart), Dimi made coleslaw, Eddie made green beans and Aperol Spritz, Hugh brought the magnum of wine, and I made my Ugly Cobbler. The boil tumbled onto the table from the GIANT pan, and before I knew it the pile was demolished and everyone had a case of food coma.

And here’s what it looked like:

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Dat Magic Crawfish Boil
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Joel and Rob went to the fish market early Saturday morning, and came back with 2 crabs and a big bag of pointy bois.
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afternoon deliiiight (also, Joel’s artwork)
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mmm starches
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squad pics
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The beginning…
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A boil man prepares
dimi crawfish
One in particular was fiesty, and kept beating up on the other crawdads. We named him Brutus. Here he refusing to release a lesser crawdad from his pinchy grip. We nearly spared his life when we considered the fact that he might kill us all, so we left him in the pile.
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Quickly realising maybe we shouldn’t have encouraged the crawdad battle royale
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Helllllllo, spritz
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frenz
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more squad pics
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phase 2, corn
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Weeeiner
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phase 3, onion and snasage
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hello, Mr. Blue Crab
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HALP (phase 4, crab)
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kitchin bitchin
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(steamy)
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phase 5, crawdad
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The operating table
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Julian made sweet as cake corn bread, and it brought a tear to my eye. #america
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Phase 6: DUMP ON TABLE AND PILLAGE
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mid-feast (observe: bowl full of melted butter)
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Dimi’s remains. We’re all pretty sure Dimi demolished Brutus, which was fitting.
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I didn’t get a picture of the cobbler before I sliced it, because it wasn’t going to win any beauty contests. It was however, delicious.
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Hugh came late after work, and was greeted by extravagant left overs
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and we were greeted by GIANT wine
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digesting, reflecting, sleeping (that last one might’ve just been me)

Things We Learned About Low Country Boils:

  • giant pots of water take a long time to boil. like, 2 hours.
  • if you think you’re getting too many crabs, get one more. everyone loves crab.
  • be careful how you pull apart a crawfish. or you might end up eating intestines. intestines are not delicious.
  • home made Old Bay is just as good as actual Old Bay
  • don’t encourage your crawfish to fight. ‘cuz they’ll fight.

Here’s to good food and good friends.

And now, on to Christmas. Which is in 7 days. WTF.

 

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