What a weekend! Tasty as all heck.
What began as a Friday Feast ended up being an entire weekend of dining-in and over-indulging. Fine by me! Isn't that what summer (or the lead into it) is all about?
I left work on Friday armed with research, recipes, and one pre-dinner errand to run. Of all the food experimentation I have done over the past several years, I'm ashamed to say I've had relatively little experience with lobster: in cooking or eating it. So when F. suggested we cook lobster for one of his best friends and her boyfriend, I was excited, but equally intimidated. I wasn't even the one cooking the lobster - F.'s forté - but I was unsure of what to make for sides. Everything I had read online suggested keeping the sides simple, since the lobster really is the main event and requires so much of your attention that sides often go cold. I couldn't sit back and make a small contribution, however, so I opted to start with some baked goat's cheese and olives, with baked asparagus, sautéed sugar peas, and spring potatoes as the side.
The recipe I used called for boiling the potatoes first, before putting them in a pan with butter, green onion, the peas, and chopped, fresh mint. I only used half the mint that was called for, but I was surprised by how much I liked the flavour, and how nicely it set off the seafood and lemon flavours elsewhere in the meal. My timing was a bit off with F.'s lobster-boiling, however, so while the flavours were there, I was a little disappointed with my presentation: The veggies were left in slightly too long, so the greens lost their vibrant colour and looked a bit wilted in the dish. The lobster, however, was tender and cooked to perfection. Freddie wins this round!
Here are some snaps of our spread:
Saturday: Crêpes & Steaks
|Mozza, tomato, and basil crêpe|
|Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market|
Pretty, no? Feeling vindicated for my mediocre sides on Friday, I now have big plans for these Bacon Cups and me this summer. They will definitely be making a re-appearance! All told, a hugely successful and delicious weekend. Now to find more time for the gym...
What's your favourite brunch recipe? I'd love to hear your ideas!