This recipe is full of natural flavours

of impeccable quality: crab mayonnaise, a little tomato and basil and the

bloody Mary vinaigrette – a little twist on the morning-after cocktail. The

delicious, pure-white crabmeat, with the added freshness of the citrus zest,

dill and cucumber, gives it a permanent place in our Harome Hall of Fame.

Serves 4

■ 400g (13oz) white crabmeat

■ 100g (31⁄2oz) cucumber

■ Zest 1 lemon

■ 25g (1oz) dill

■ 2 tbsp mayonnaise

■ 100g (31⁄2oz) mixed

green herbs

(parsley, lovage, chives and dill)

■ A little olive oil

■ 1 tbsp tomato purée

■ 2 tsp tomato sauce

■ 25ml (1fl oz) vodka

■ Few drops Tabasco

■ 2 plum tomatoes

■ Salt and pepper

■ 6 basil leaves

■ Mixed salad leaves

Sieve the crab meat to ensure

that all the shell has been removed. Squeeze any excess water from the crab by

wrapping it in a clean towel. Quarter the cucumber lengthways and remove the

seeds. Chop very finely, again squeezing out any excess water, and add to the

crab along with the lemon zest and the chopped dill. Bind with just enough of

the mayonnaise to bring the mixture together. Season to taste.

To make the green herb mayonnaise

Blitz the herbs with just enough

olive oil to make a purée. Add the herb purée to the remaining mayonnaise and

mix.

For the bloody Mary dressing

Mix the tomato purée, tomato

sauce, vodka and Tabasco. Feel free to alter the amount of vodka and Tabasco to

taste.

To assemble, lay three overlapping slices of tomato,

seasoned with salt and pepper, in the middle of each plate, topped with

a few torn basil leaves. Put the salad leaves on top of the basil. Shape

the crabmeat into rounds and place it on top of the salad leaves. Dress the

plate with alternate dots of green herb mayonnaise and the bloody Mary

dressing. Serve immediately.