Candied Crab Legs

A salty-sweet delicacy

Candied crab legs are a speciality in Port Haven, a coastal city in northern Serukis and the seat of the High Lord Vaifale. Made by baking crab legs coated in sugar, these sweet and salty treats are most popular during the ten days of the city's Bounty of the Sea festival.  

History

  Though it is impossible to prove, the tale of the invention of candied crab legs is a popular one. It is said that in 5023 EA, the young Bastien Vaifale, son and heir of Jacen, the then High Lord Vaifale, was particularly angry with his father. A widower, High Lord Vaifale had recently got remarried and, to the ten-year-old boy, this was unforgiveable. It felt as though his mother was being replaced with a woman he barely knew.   Jacen Vaifale had planned a magnificent banquet to celebrate his new bride, with a lavish menu of the seafood Port Haven was so famous for. During the preparation for this feast, the young boy snuck into the kitchen and replaced a bowl of salt with a bowl of sugar, just before it was sprinkled over a large tray of crab legs.   During the banquet, Jacen Vaifale noticed the difference in the crab legs straight away, and immediately suspected his wayward son. However, before he could reprimand the boy or command for the crab legs to be taken away, his new wife exclaimed how delicious and exotic the dish was. The sentiment was echoed throughout his court, and so candied crab legs have been a staple of Port Haven cuisine from then on. The cooks, however, have become much better at guarding their kitchen from the sabotage of small boys; it has become somewhat of a tradition for the young heirs of the Vaifale family to sneak into the kitchen to tamper with the food.  

Variations

  Candied crab legs are often made with honey, as it is more easily acquired and less expensive than beet sugar. However, some argue that crab legs made this way are honeyed and therefore not true candied crab legs. Most people do not differentiate.   Some chefs, particularly those that work for noble families, also experiment by adding different mixtures of spices to the sugar with varying success.

Recipe

 

Ingredients

1lb legs from the grey crab
20g sugar or honey
Spices (optional)  

Method

1) Arrange the crab legs on a large metal tray.
2) Sprinkle generously with the sugar and (optional) spices.
3) Bake in the oven until the crab legs are fully cooked.
4) Serve hot and sticky.


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17 Dec, 2020 01:45

I really like this idea. It's such an interesting way to make a good item, especially the inclusion of the little history bit. It was a super cool way to make the article a nice length without feeling like you dragged the idea out. Super cool.

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17 Dec, 2020 02:04

Thank you! :D I definitely want to avoid dragged out.

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17 Dec, 2020 01:46

Phwoah definitely getting me excited for Christmas, this! Love the entire construction of this article with a lovely story about the history and even a recipe on the sidebar! Fantastic!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
17 Dec, 2020 02:04

Thanks! :D I can't vouch for how the recipe would actually taste in real life, though. :D

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17 Dec, 2020 07:35

Food articles are hard to make interesting for people who are not food-Sexual, but dangit if you didn't succeed. The little anecdote on the rascal of a son was really charming! Well done!   Although I think any cook worth his salt [sorry] could tell the difference between salt and sugar. :)

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
17 Dec, 2020 12:04

For sure - cook was either highly distracted or humouring the boy, haha.   Thank you so much! :)

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17 Dec, 2020 09:29

What a great article, the anecdote about the birth of the dish is very nice and the last bit about the purists of the candied crab made me genuinely laugh.

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
17 Dec, 2020 12:04

Thank you so much! :D <3

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17 Dec, 2020 09:32

Oooh the history is such a nice touch! I love that sneaking into the kitchens to mess with the food became a tradition, it gives so much personality to the food. The candied crab legs themselves sound quite delicious!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
17 Dec, 2020 12:05

Thank you! :) <3

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17 Dec, 2020 12:50

Love that this popular dish came out of a prank. I wonder what other interesting dishes have come from the other heirs that manage to sneak by the cooks to tamper with food.

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
17 Dec, 2020 14:33

I don't think any as popular as candied crab legs but I'm sure there are some interesting ones! Thanks :D

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17 Dec, 2020 12:54

I loved the story! I bet the High Lord's son was NOT amused that his prank turned into the party's favourite dish. Also, I can totally imagine the arguments between the sugar-purists and the rest of the world, I have seen quite so many of these arguments myself, hahaha! As the others have said, it can be pretty difficult to make an article about food interesting, but you surely did!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
17 Dec, 2020 14:34

Haha thank you! <3 Nope, definitely not amused! :D

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Caitlin Phillips
17 Dec, 2020 21:26

I love the background story to this. I can definitely see a young boy pulling that kind of stunt. :) A really lovely touch, and makes this food-related article so interesting!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
17 Dec, 2020 21:31

Thank you! :D

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19 Dec, 2020 18:30

When I see things like these I start wondering if you prepare them at home. :D The story with young heir plays nicely into the scenery. Do kids in the Port Haven play that joke at some occasion, e.g. on some festivals?

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
19 Dec, 2020 19:34

Oh they definitely do. :D I have not yet tried to prepare this at home, but... never say never. Thank you! :D

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22 Dec, 2020 21:43

I'm not sure how into it I would be, but being a lover of sea food, I'd totally try it out. Lol the story behind it actually got a little laugh of out, and after explaining, my wife as well. Well done!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
22 Dec, 2020 22:04

Thanks very much! :D I'm not sure I'd be into it either, but it was an idea that kept nagging at me. :)

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24 Dec, 2020 08:08

I love the history you include here. Well done!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
24 Dec, 2020 13:26

Thank you! :D

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31 Dec, 2020 18:07

I might just have to try this at home. If the flavor doesn't take quite right with this method, I may try to do it in a hotpot style instead.   What a fun article!

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Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
31 Dec, 2020 22:18

If you do, let me know how it turns out! I'm very curious if it is a viable dish in real life! :D Thank you!

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1 Jan, 2021 00:38

Sounds delicious!

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1 Jan, 2021 01:00

Ha, thank you! :D

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Luca Poddighe
19 Feb, 2021 19:29

Just heard it on the stream and liked it a lot!

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19 Feb, 2021 19:41

Thanks, Luca! <3

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