Tuesday, February 12, 2008

An Old Lobster Couple

I used to travel through Boston for work projects and bring home live lobsters for my husband to cook and enjoy. Since I’m highly allergic to any type of seafood, I prepare something else for me.

As I’m not traveling anywhere near Boston right now and there’s no ocean in Arizona from which to catch my own, I’ve ordered lobster for my husband’s Valentine dinner.

This time I want his dinner entree to be a surprise which requires I cook it. But I don’t know how. Can any of you advise me? A simple recipe for a lobster-ignorant cook would be ever so appreciated.

“It's a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know what, you can actually see old lobster couples walkin' around their tank, ya know, holding claws.” (Phoebe, Friends, Episode 2.14)

I look forward to our being an old claw-holding lobster couple.


de vliegende koe said...

What a wonderful and sweet idea. Lobster for your man on Valentine’s Day!
I‘m afraid I can’t help you. I’m a lobster lover, when someones else cooks me the food. I’m too scared to put those sea-creatures in a pan of boiling water. I’m a hypocrite...
Maybe you can wear plastic (household) gloves or an astronaut suit? Good luck and please tell us how you managed!

meg said...

Your "article" gave me my first laugh of the morning; too funny. The Friends quote is also one of my favorites.

I'm sorry, but my seafood culinary adventures haven't advanced past shrimp. What a sweet Valentine you are, though, cooking food you can't even eat!

Lilli said...

Cute newspaper!

We're both vegetarian, so I have no tips for you. It does remind me of a story my parents used to tell, of a young bachelor friend of theirs who tried to cook lobster by simply sticking it in the oven. For an hour it would bang on the door with its claws, begging to be let out!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

So funny and romantic, too! What a catch :-)

Can't help you here but I'm sure someone will come to your aid. Good Luck! Rosie

Pat said...

LOL! Such funny headlines!

I actually cooked live lobsters once -- it was years ago. My husband and I brought a few home and put them in the sink while we started boiling a large pot of water. In "Annie Hall" fashion they kept trying to climb out of the sink, so we put our then pre-teen kids in charge of watching them (the lobster claws were rubber banded shut so they could hurt them) Unfortunately, our kids had fun playing with them, and then didn't want us to kill them! It made me feel so bad.
Since then I have the fish store pre steam and clean them for me.

Here are easy instructions to boil or steam them, and some recipes are here also:
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Storybook Woods said...

I cook crabs not lobsters but do use a big pot with a lid, so it does not crawl out. Askk the fish monger you bought it from. !!!! Clarice

Mrs. Staggs said...

This is a clever story June!

You know, I don't kill them, myself, but I only recently read that they do suffer greatly if you put them in a pan of water. The best way to kill them, is with a sharp stab to a particular part of their body. Oh gosh....I can't stand the thought of it! I get a little bit closer to being a vegetarian every day.

Yummers! said...

What an adorable post. A lobster-claw holding couple... so sweet.
You have spoiled your husband as my husband has spoiled me.

Boyd is out of town today at a meeting. He cooks lobster several times a year for us and I'll ask him tonight how he cooks them. He's a great cook/chef and does everything according to Julia Child.

Or... go to foodtv.com and they have great instructions for everything.

Thimbleanna said...

What a fun story Junie! Sorry, can't advise you on the lobster -- never cooked one -- always been afraid I'd screw it up. You're such a romantic!

Caleen said...

What a great story!! Love lobsters too.. I have never cooked one or touched one.. I want someone else to do that for me.. I did have a good
laugh!! thanks.. Happy Valentines day!! Thanks for visiting me on my blog :)

a pink-bee said...

What a cute post :)
I know nothing about cooking them sorry :( . Martha Stewart showed it a few years back -so it might be on her site.

Rosemary said...

I think you just drop it into the boiling water, and when it turns that bright lobster color it's done.
You melt butter and enjoy!
ps. if all else fails, google the foodnetwork

Robyn said...

Oh that is too bad that you can't enjoy seafood. But if you are highly allergic won't you have a problem to if touching it or smelling it? I don't just asking.
Hmmm...you are a wonderful cook so I am sure you will come up with something.
What a lovely thought for your husband. I am jealous for sure!