The 34 Seconds tour: Deltaville Steamed Blue Crabs

Welcome to the tour for Stella Samuel’s book, 34 Seconds.  To kick off the tour, I asked Stella to share with me a recipe with me that meant something to her for her or her book.

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Stella told me she was sharing recipes with me – Steamed Crabs and Hush Puppies.  I live in the UK, so I was understandably confused by Hush Puppies – they are a brand of shoes here…But we cleared that up and I’m delighted to share.

I’ll let Stella explain:

When I was growing up in Deltaville, my grandfather would spend the morning on his boat emptying his crab pots from the Rappahannock River. He’d bring them home, and my grandmother would steam them while my parents and aunts and uncles set up picnic tables. They would spread newspaper across the tables, set a roll of paper towels at each end, and toss a couple of knives in the center just in case we couldn’t get the crabs open. Once the crabs were done, someone would dump the crabs onto the tables, someone would melt real butter and add a little bowl full of melted butter to each place setting, and we’d dig in. We did this for years, and it was a huge family get together. As we all grew up, and went off to colleges or moved on to places to be adults, our families often tried to recreate these fun crab picking days, but they were never just as wonderful as they were when I was a child.

In 34 Seconds Nikki’s husband calls Hush Puppies, an old seafood favorite, little fried balls of dough. He wasn’t sure what they were, but he knew he loved their sweet, bready fried taste.

Stella has shared a recipe for Blue Crabs AND Hush Puppies, included below!

Deltaville Steamed Blue Crabs
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  1. Mix vinegar, beer, and ¼ cup of Old Bay into large stock pot
  2. Heat on high heat until a steamy simmer
  3. Place screen or metal strainer over hot liquid
  4. Sprinkle Old Seasoning over the top of each crab
  5. Add crabs by layer to the strainer
  6. Cover to keep live crabs from climbing out!
  7. Steam until shells are orange, then sprinkle more Old Bay onto shells
Recipe Notes

Make sure you're able to handle live crabs, as they will try to escape, nip and generally aren't as easy to handle as other recipes might be.

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Hush Puppies
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  1. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients, then add whisked egg and milk
  2. Mix together until mixture is wet
  3. Heat oil to 375
  4. Add little 1-1 ½ inch balls to hot oil.
  5. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy with Steamed Crabs and a cold Beer!

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Stella Samuel is a debut author who reads multiple genres.  Her first book, 34 Seconds, talks about the moments where life changes suddenly, and the choices we make in those moments where the people that hold parts of ourselves from the past meet.  A literate and lyrical view at love, life and fate, this story is both uplifting and satisfying.

Stella is a debut author who loves nothing more than connecting with fans on social media.  Her blog bio is:

Stella Samuel – Writer, Butterfly and Singer of Silly Songs. Smiles under sunshine but dances in warm rain. Silently wishes to winter in Phoenix.

 

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Nikki and Will fell in love a lifetime ago in Deltaville, Virginia. Now living in Colorado with her family, Nikki is invited to attend Will’s wedding back in Virginia where she finds her past staring her in the face.
Will never wanted a wife, and he broke Nikki’s heart long ago. Nikki knew what she wanted: a strong, happy marriage and children, a future. She found those things when she married Chris, and she and Will managed to grow their friendship after heartbreak.

A year after the wedding, Nikki is faced with her painful past again. She soon discovers she must find the strength to help Will on his own personal journey. In thirty-four seconds, she sees him slip from her life forever. Watching Will cross over to his fate, her past collides with her present, and Nikki learns she’s never been in control of her own destiny. Her own journey back to her family in Colorado becomes one of self-discovery. With the help of Will’s voice to carry her across the country, Nikki must decide how she will move forward.

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