I’ve never bought or cooked lobster before, I’m not even sure what the best way of cooking it is. All I know is lobster is damn good and since it was my birthday last week a few of us got together last night for LobsterFest.
The claws were as big as my hands…
The plan was to butter poach the tail and finish the claws and body in a charcoal grill. I love the taste of any seafood on the grill, the smokiness and sweetness of the lobster goes perfect together.
Since the lobsters were alive when I got them I made sure to put a knife through their heads before dropping em in boiling water for 3 minutes.
After 3 minutes in the boiling water plunged em in ice water and took the meat out of the tail.
To prepare the butter I added a couple cups of water to a sauce pan and heated. Once the water was hot I added about a pound of butter in chunks. Make sure you whisk as you drop the butter in to help the emulsification process. Once that’s done I brought the temp to 150 and dropped the tails in for 5 to 8 minutes.
While the tails were poaching in butter I finished the claws and body on the grill. And yes I said the body. Most of the time you go out for a fancy lobster dinner the only thing you get is the claws and tail. In my opinion that’s bullshit because the body meat and guts have some of the best flavors and probably weighs about a pound from a 3.5 pound lobster. I know I’m not the only one that feels this way, I bet you the cooks in the back of the restaurant you ordered your surf and turf from is enjoy some of the tasty lobster meat you paid for…
If you have access to live Maine lobsters make sure you take advantage, it’s definitely worth the price when cooked right.
A lot of people hate on Asher. I think it’s mainly because he’s white and a good lyricist so now he’s “biting” Eminem. In my opinion these two white boys are totally different but both are amazing rappers. This mixtape is Asher rapping on classic beats but what makes it even better is the name and concept…
Here’s the video for the first track…
Where the hell was red velvet when I was a little kid??? I know its been around for a long time but it seems like it just got popular in the last couple of years. The other day we were at the bar down the street and the guy next to us started talking about how much he loves red velvet cupcakes. This isn’t AZ and I’m not trying to profile but he looked like he should have been talking about how the government screwed him over, Harley Davidson’s or Budweiser not how delicious he thinks red velvet cupcakes are. This conversation in a dive bar wouldn’t have happened 4 years ago but regardless of what stated the hype I need these pancakes NOW!
I’m far from a great cook and the stuff I make and post isn’t here to “wow” people. My whole goal is to show how easy it is to cook, anyone can do it and should do it. Just for the simple fact that everybody has to eat and cooking is a great way to save money, eat healthier and to start practicing a skill that you’ll have with you for the rest of your life. Cooking is an art, similar to playing an instrument or learning to paint, it’s a great way to express yourself. It’s one of the most intimate nonsexual things you can do for a person. You want to win over someones heart, cook for them. You want to be healthier, cook for yourself.
Here’s some of the things I cooked the past couple days. Everything was super simple, cheap and easy…
Pasta tossed with chopped garlic, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and seasoning
Hand Cut Potato Chips
Spicy Tuna Roll with Brown Rice
Filed under food, munchies
The Torrance Farmers Market is probably one of the best places to go in the South Bay for food, fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s open on Saturdays (and Tuesdays) from 8am to 1pm. Prices are affordable and you definitely get what you pay for, sometimes if you go right before they close you can find some vendors discounting their product. Yesterday we got there around 11:40am and got a loaf of Black Pepper Parmesan for $2 (usually $4.75) at the Manhattan Bread Co. stand.
First things first we had to stop by some of the food stands for some snacks. This lady was selling pupusas, a Salvadorean dish made with a thick corn tortilla filled with cheese and either beans, meat or vegetables topped with slaw and fresh salsa.
Chicken and cheese pupusa…
Washed it down with a strawberry lemonade
What’s a tangelo? We never heard of it either so I asked the lady what they were and she just gave us one and said to try it. Didn’t really help on what it exactly was but they were so good we ended up buying a bag.
I found out later its a hybrid of a tangerine and either a pomelo or grapefruit. So good. Fruits look so much better with the vine still connected.
Seeing fresh herbs and vegetables always boosts my motivation to cook more
Kettle corn, a bag of tangelos, basil, thyme, tomatoes and black pepper parmesan bread for $13.
Screw Ralph’s when you have a Farmers Market in your neighborhood. I know it’s not accessible to go every time you need groceries but make sure you at least try. Talking to the farmers that grew the vegetables you buy is a satisfying feeling and in my opinion makes everything you cook taste better.
Torrance Farmers Market
2400 Jefferson St
Torrance, CA 90510