Friday, January 19, 2007

L is for...

L is for Lobster.
Who: Lobster
What: Lobsters are marine (salt water) crustaceans. The most common sort of lobster is the Clawed Lobster. They are related to crayfish. Lobsters have been around for at least 500 years.
Where: In North America, Lobsters are caught in the Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Maine and Rhode Island areas. Sometimes Lobsters that are caught in Canada are called North Atlantic Lobsters, and those caught in the US are called Maine Lobsters.
When: The lobster industry began in the 1800's. Lobster is available year round although the type of lobster and where you live affects what "prime" lobster season is in your area. If you are so lucky to live near water. The most popular time of the year for consumption of lobster is the summer.
Why: 1 cup of plain lobster meat (no butter) contains 142 calories and only 1 gram of fat. It is a good source of Zinc, Vitamin B12 and Copper. Lobster also contains Omega 3 fatty acids. On the other hand, lobsters are high in cholesterol.

Did you know? Before the 1900's lobster was not considered to be good eats. In fact, only people below the poverty level ate lobster. How times have changed.

Lobster is available for purchase fresh, frozen (both whole or just the tail or claws) and canned. Classic Lobster dishes include Lobster Bisque, Lobster Thermador, and Lobster Newburg.

Need tips on cooking and eating lobster? Look here or here or here.

Lobster Roll
If you live in Atlantic Canada or US, there are (supposedly) pretty common - you can even get them at McDonalds! A traditional Lobster Roll contains freshly cooked lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise and served on a toasted and buttered hot dog bun.

4 sandwiches

4 hot dog or other buns, split and toasted
125 g cooked lobster meat, shredded or chopped
1 or 2 stalks of celery (depending on size and your personal taste), finely chopped
1/2 of a roasted red pepper, chopped
salt and pepper
3 tb mayonnaise or to taste
4 pieces of lettuce

Gently mix together the lobster, celery and red pepper. Fold in the mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. Divide between the buns and top with lettuce. Serve straight away.

Lobster Caesar Salad

Make your salad with your normal recipe or here, try my recipe if you'd like. Toss half of the lobster meat you have chopped or shredded in with the salad and dressing/ Plate the salads, divide the remaining meat over the tops of the salad and grate some parmesan cheese over top. Serve with lemon wedges on the side.

Previous Alphabet Posts:
A is for Artichoke
B is for Beet
C is for Carrot
D is for Dogs
E is for Egg
F is for Fondue
G is for Garlic
H is for Hamburger
I is for Indian Food
J is for Jamie Oliver
K is for Kaffir Lime Leaves


Brilynn said...

Best possible L word EVER!

Katie said...

I miss lobster...sigh!
The salad looks great.
Strangely enough, in Andora (in the mountains, many miles from the sea) we could get it - although outrageously expensive. Nut. the Spanish must have their seafood..

breadchick said...

I can attest for being able to find a lobster roll in any direction within 5 minutes from my house! And during the summer, McDonalds does indeed serve lobster rolls. Two years the Boston Globe ran an investigation into lobster rolls and determined that the McDonalds version actually contained more lobster meat than three really well known seafood restaurants in the greater New England area. My favourite way to eat a lobster roll is lots of lobster meat, a little butter and a New England hotdog bud. GREAT L WORD!

Morgan said...

Oh, to live by the ocean, instead od this landlocked prairie, and be able to have fresh seafood all the time... Sigh.

foodiechickie said...


Ruth Daniels said...

L is for LOVE Lobster! It's my favorite food group. I don't make it at home because my Honey doesn't enjoy it. He says he has to work too hard. I, on the other hand, savor every mouthful, every suck on every claw, leg, shell....mmmmmmmh.

Thanks for sharing the best L word.

Lis said...

Mmmm lobster. *swoon*

Anonymous said...

Oh lobster rolls are the BEST!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I do like the l word. Lobster is mighty fine eating and lobster rolls are lovely.
Umm Like Love Lobster.

Sara said...

Brilynn - thanks!

Katie - it's not too cheap where I live either, but worth the splurge every once in a while.

Mary - you are a lucky gal.

PW - I know, not fair, is it.

Foodiechickie - me too!

Ruth - yes it is a lot of work, but i like to think that I burn off some calories fighting with the little buggers, and that way I can have a bit more.

Lis - a perfect food for valentines day next month!

Peabody - that is absolutly my favorite way to have lobster too.

Tanna - glad you liked it too!

Ruth Daniels said...

I Love lobster - make that LOVE!!! lobster. And even better, we've just moved to Nova Scotia AND it's lobster season!

Unfortunately, my daughter (We're staying at her place for a couple of months) keeps a sort of kosher kitchen - no shell fish and no pork! So I'll just have to do my lobster eating out.

I love your alphapet posts.