Thursday, March 31, 2011

Maritime Makeover

meet my delicious friend
Nothing says the Maritimes more than cooking up some fresh live lobster, throwing down some newspaper, and literally digging right in. However, the typical Maritime lobster dinner generally consists of a fresh boiled lobster, garlic drawn butter, potato salad, a fresh roll and, in most cases, strawberry shortcake for dessert.  But wanting a tad more vitamins we decided to gave it a makeover: fresh NS lobster from Eastern Passage (bought direct from the fisherman of course), garlic butter, baked potato with sour cream, roasted garlic, and green onions, and a caprese salad of spinach, Roma tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil dressing.

the romantic setting
Of course, the star, Mr. Lobster, was incredible. So tender, so rich, so mmmmmm! Brent would not even consider eating lobster without the garlic butter so just to prove that you can enjoy lobster without the butter, I muddled together some lemon juice, lemon zest, a clove of garlic, a pinch of salt, some black peppercorns, and a few slices of green onion. I was right! It was fresh and delicious, with the citrus naturally complementing the seafood and the garlic still representing. Sometimes I find the richness of both the lobster and butter rather heavy although that's not to say I didn't have a dip or two of that wonderful garlic butter. The baked potato, replacing the potato salad, offered up more fiber (once you eat the skin) as well as a fraction of the fat. And every time I have roasted garlic I remind myself how amazing it is. On everything. The salad with a fresh dressing of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, fresh cracked black pepper, fresh basil and a hint of maple syrup was equally as delish and added tons of vitamins and minerals to the meal.

All in all, we got our lobster fix, far more nutrients than the typical lobster supper and a heap more flavour. So, get that bib on and enjoy one of the best things NS has to offer! Believe me, the mess-and smell-is ALWAYS worth it!