Monday, February 15, 2016

Surf and Turf Valentine's Day

I decided to be adventurous this Valentine's Day.

You see, my husband and I went to Disney World last week, and even though a lot of it was paid for, our wallets were feeling a little thin. Also, we were exhausted. (I hope to do a full post on the trip later, but let me just say that a toddler with the stomach flu put a damper on the whole experience.) We really weren't up to a big night out complete with finding and paying a babysitter. Plus, we had a church conference Saturday night and Sunday morning, so going out again just seemed too much.

Enter lobster.

A coworker of mine said that he and his wife would do lobster at home for Valentine's, and I thought it sounded like a great idea. And how hard could it be? I did a little internet reading and said, I can do that!

Since the lobsters were pretty pricey, I decided to go surf and turf and picked up a couple steaks. I made up a quick marinade of soy sauce, garlic, and oil and got them ready for the grill.

In actuality, cooking a lobster is really easy. You bring a large pot of salt water to boil, put in the live lobster, and allow it to cook for about 15 minutes, depending on how big it is.

I must admit, it was odd to bring home a crustacean and plan on boiling it alive!

I was kind of afraid it was going to escape! But, it was fairly docile and didn't put up much fuss. :) I tell you what, though, it was heavier and more slippery than I imagined! I thought I might drop it!

Here he goes, into the pot!

We did have one ... issue, I guess you could call it. No one said anything about how bubbly that pot was going to get.

The gas burner was going nuts as salty, fishy water escaped the pot and splashed everywhere. It made a huge mess!

Does anyone who's done lobster before know what I did wrong? Or is this normal?

Either way, the lobster came out looking nice bright red and yummy! Though, at first glance, you do wonder how people learned to eat these things. As my husband says, "whoever first decided to eat one of these must have been really hungry!"

Add some fresh green beans and rice pilaf and we had ourselves a meal!

I wish I had more pictures of us eating the lobster, but I was having too much fun! (Oh yeah, and my toddler stole my phone to play some games.)

This is the best I have, and it's really not a great picture of me, but at least I can prove that we did tear into that lobster and eat everything that we could.

I feel a tradition in the making! What Valentine's traditions do you have?

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  1. Well, we had lobster too, and loved every single bite!

  2. We had wing dings for Valentine's Day and still have a few leftover. Hubby loves lobster and the only time they've been on the menu he manned the stove. I'm way to squeamish!

    1. It does take a certain fortitude to cook your own lobster, but I must say it was so yummy and quite the adventure. But wing dings sounds wonderful too!

  3. To cook lobster, you want a pretty deep pot and I've never put the lid on. I think that it would have worked better if you had let it simmer instead of boil hard, and if you had left the lid off. :)

    In years past, lobster was actually a "poor man's food", and pity the child who actually brought lobster sandwiches to school. So I would guess that the first people who ate it really were desperate, especially since they're toxic if you treat it like typical fish. You need to either boil them alive or kill them and then cook them immediately. So I'm going to guess there was sickness and death before people figured *that* out by trial and error!

  4. I don't know anything about cooking lobsters, but a quick tip I haven learned is that if you place a wooden spoon over the top of your pot the water won't boil over. So next time if you keep the lid off put a spoon on top and see if that helps. Good for you for trying this!