Chilled Cucumber and Watermelon Soup With Crabmeat

If  you have a special celebration upcoming, make sure you save this one. It is purely delightful and truly special. Read  on.


  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and seeded
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups watermelon, peeled and cubed
  • 2 slices cantaloupe, sliced thin and diced
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup watermelon, diced and reserved
  • 1/2 cup crabmeat (from 8 crab legs or Costco container of crab meat)
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tsp. lime juice

To serve this soup, chill 4 soup bowls.
This is a very important step as it really does enhance the flavours of the soup.

Use a juicer and juice the cucumbers. Strain and put in a container and refrigerate. Wash the juicer and now put in the watermelon cubes and juice. Strain into a container and place in the refrigerator. Check these two after a while and remove any ‘floaties’ that may appear if missed when strained. Sprinkle the salt over the two waters and refrigerate.

To serve:

Add the avocado and cantaloupe into the diced watermelon and divide equally in the 4 bowls. In a bowl, mix together the waters (cucumber and watermelon), add the lime juice and taste. You may need to add more lime juice or perhaps a touch more salt. (Your call).

Now divide the crab meat and place in the center of the bowl. Carefully pour the mixed waters in. Top with the chopped dill.



Crab Strata

With Easter around the corner and family coming for the holiday, this strata is a wonderful addition to a Sunday morning Brunch…..or Mother’s Day celebration.


  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 8 inch flour tortilla
  •  4 oz. shrimp, cooked, deveined
  • 4 oz. flaked cooked crabmeat
  • 1/4 cup shredded Emmental cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp. fresh dill
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • pinch of pepper
  • extra shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined for garnish

Spray a 2 qt. cooking dish with Pam. In a medium skillet melt the butter and cook the onion for 3-4 minutes until tender.

Cut the tortillas into bite-size pieces. In the baking dish, place 1/2 the onion and tortilla pieces and 1/2 of the shrimp and crab and dill. Repeat the layers.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, flour and pepper until smooth. Pour over the strata, cover and refrigerate over night.

In the morning, let sit for 35 minutes before baking. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for about 50 minutes until a knife inserted in the middle of the strata comes out clean and is a golden colour.

Let rest for 5 minutes and cut into squares. Garnish with the extra shrimp and serve on a pretty platter.

Smoked Salmon Quiche with Dill


This recipe is from our Bed and Breakfast days. It can be part of a breakfast or luncheon. It is great and easy. Easter is coming so if you have family coming to visit….serve this. They will love you for it.


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups  heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. yellow mustard
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • tabasco, a couple of drops
  • 6 oz. swiss or provolone cheese, chilled
  • 1 cup flaked smoked salmon (if leftover from last night dinner – great)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a skillet on medium heat, saute the butter and onions until transparent. Add the flour and stir, making a ‘sort of’ roux’.

In a bowl, beat well the eggs, cream, dill and mustard. Add a dash of grated nutmeg and tabasco, mixing well to combine. Mix together with the onion mixture.

Pour the ingredients into a buttered pie plate and slice the cheese thinly and lay over the top . Bake for 35-45 minutes until cooked through. Let cool for 6-7 minutes before slicing and serving. Add fresh fruit (if breakfast) or salad if for lunch.

Did I say this was yummy?