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Sunday, July 3, 2011


I've never cooked a lobster. I refuse to do a live one, I'll just agonize about it for days afterwards. I've only had lobster before once in my life, and I seem to recall that it was delicious. I was determined to cook some after I realized that I've never seen the Atlantic ocean. God, I'm the worst traveler. And since I can't see it any time soon, I thought I would have a piece of it for dinner. This is what I came up with:

Lobster Salad
1 lobster tail, fresh and packed in broth
1 bunch frisee
1/2 medium sized beet
1 avocado
Handful pea shoots
1/2 grapefruit, peeled and separated

1/2 small shallot, chopped fine
2 chives, chopped fine
1/2 tbsp dijon mustard
Glug of extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp champagne vinegar

Mix ingredients together for the dressing, blend together well with a spoon, set aside. Boil a large pot of well salted water and cook lobster, about 3-5 minutes. Remove, place in a bowl and put in the refrigerator. Wash frisee and make a bed of it out of approximately 8 leaves. Place pea shoots on top. Cut the beets into matchsticks and place to one side. Slice avocado and place on the opposite side. Place lobster in the center. Sprinkle the grapefruit over all, then top all with dressing. Serve.

It was as good as it looks.

Here's a bit of lobster advice that I learned from the very nice lady at the Lobster Man (who you should absolutely go to if you live in Vancouver and have a hankering for fresh seafood): If you are on a budget and still want fresh lobster, the best way to go is to get it fresh and packed in it's broth. That way, you can use what you need and freeze it if necessary, the juice will help preserve the flavour. Many recipes also call for fish broth, and lobster broth is a great substitute, so when you have finished the lobster freeze the leftover broth on its own. Also now is lobster season so if you want to try it, act now. I got two gorgeous tails for $23. Steal of a deal.

I gave a piece to Stella, who didn't want it. Seriously this is the weirdest cat. She only wants chicken and tea, not water or beef or fish or any of that other shit that cats are supposed to like. Mind you, she did look at me like this the entire time while I was cooking, which was sort of sweet. I call it the "How was your day?" pose:


It's officially summertime! Gorgeous and hot and blue sky for miles. In recognition of it's long-awaited arrival, I give you "Summertime" by the greatest baritone that ever lived, Paul Robeson. Enjoy:


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