A few weeks ago, I was looking back at my Food Goals for 2010. I realized there was a big one in the mix that I had not yet completed.
I needed to cook a lobster.
That may not sound frightening to some of you, but to me it was a big deal. So in order to make it easier on myself, I invited 4 other people to join Brette and I in lobster fest 2010. Ahh!! What if it didn’t turn out? These suckers aren’t the cheapest protein on the market and as a rule, I don’t like serving bad food.
The research commenced. This research led me to my friend Susan. Susan is the lobster whisperer. Seriously. I remember her mentioning once that she hypnotizes her lobsters and it makes the whole process a heck of a lot easier. I made a date to go to her place immediately after picking up Larry the lobster and his 5 friends to be hypno trained.
I ordered my lobsters from Coastal Seafoods. I didn’t want to take any chances that they wouldn’t have any when I arrived – talk about a buzz kill.
The nice young man that helped me happily obliged my photo-taking. Apparently it happens a lot.
He even asked if he blinked. I didn’t know if he was talking about himself or the lobster. I’m suck a dork.
Off I went with a box full of lobsters.
The hypno training:
Next up was my lesson in hynotizing Mr. Lobster.
Susan and her lovely assistant, Katie, were wonderful teachers.
By hypnotizing the lobster, it will have a much more pleasant end of life experience. There will be no flailing about, no screaming, and no adrenaline rushes that will sieze up it’s meat.
It also just seems like a nicer way of doing things, ya know? Plus, I couldn’t wait to have all of my lobsters lined up in a trance!
Susan picked up the lobster by the back, flipped it up on its head and started stroking it’s tail.
It was so easy! I gave the lobster a few strokes – which was the first time I have ever touched a live lobster and I left feeling very confident that I could pull this off. Now, I just had to make sure I didn’t overcook them and that I had enough butter on hand.
The Main Event:
This dinner party involved group participation. Luckily we had very willing participants and we had 2 additional guests than planned – 2 more lobsters! No worries, they did not go to waste.
We started with some appetizers….
One must be properly fueled in order to put lobsters in a trance.
All went according to plan. I think we were all amazed at how easy it was to put the lobsters into a zen state of mind.
We only had one that took a little more coaxing.
This guy wanted to party and was most definitely not a fan of yoga. Eventually he caved and you know he was the first one into the pot.
I think these pictures tell the stories better than I could.
How cute are these lobsters? They can do crow pose way better than I can. All 8 went into a trance and just sat there. No movement whatsoever. So cool!
After we stared at them for the longest time; taking picutres and sharing our disbelief, it was time to get on with it. Stomachs were growling.
I had brought two very large pots of water to a boil (one was a 16 qt stock pot and the other a water bath canner). I salted them both heavily – like a 1/2 cup salt in each. Then the lobsters went in for a dip. There was no struggle, no screaming – it was all very peaceful.
Once the water came back to a boil, we let the lobsters swim for about 9 minutes. Now the real battle was about to begin.
Eating the lobsters:
Eating a whole lobster is an event itself. You have to work for your meat!
Participating in this year’s adventure (complete with protective gear)….
I love that all of us just dug in and went for it. I don’t think we left any piece of that lobster unturned.
I had not laughed that hard in a long time. There were bits of lobster flying all over the place. Fact: I found a piece of lobster in my hair the next morning – a definite sign of a good time. The lobster itself was delicious. I thought they were perfectly cooked and a dip in some butter and a spritz of lemon made them fit for a queen. Or in this case, 6 lovers of food.
We all agreed that we’d like to do this again..in an outdoor setting. That way we can really get crazy with the flying bits of lobster.
A huge thank you to Susan, the lobster whisperer, and our dear friends that participated in such a fun evening. I can’t wait to do it again!
What has your experience been cooking lobster? Any good stories?