this past week, i’d been reading something about lobster rolls. so after a few days of thinking about it and 9 months since my last trip to maine, lobster rolls it had to be. what makes the perfect lobster roll? i turned to the pro’s for a little advice. i pretty much knew the basics, but how to step it up a notch? chef laurent tourondel prepares one at his fish shack on 17th street in nyc – located inside BLT Fish restaurant. his is the $25 version which isn’t so bad, as mine averaged out at probably $12 a piece and i didn’t have any brioche and i got the lobster at a really good price. so all in all i think i did a pretty good job despite being geographically challenged. i bought my lobsters right next to the farmers market. i go every saturday morning to pick up my week’s share. it’s only about 15 minutes drive from my home, it’s small and simple and i’m so grateful that it’s there. it’s a really nice morning’s activity. there’s live bluegrass music and a bunch of awfully nice country folk. living inland, gulf pride seafood is as close as we’re going to get to fresh. so four 1 1/4 lb’ers it was. i bought them already cooked but they’d been steamed just that morning. i also picked up some fresh tarragon and scallions. i already had the celery, hellman’s mayo and the hot dog buns at the house… so we shelled the lobster keeping it chunky, added some finely chopped tarragon, scallion and celery – and hellman’s. it’s the only way to go. it’s the mayonnaise of my youth and i can’t use anything else – but in this dish, less is more. use the mayo to barely bind. at the end i added some pepper and then some lemon juice. and that’s it.
i also bought some locally processed chicken wings, something for the kids. they were quite large with some breast meat still attached. i marinated them in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, honey, cayenne, salt and pepper. they were baked in the oven and finished on the grill. not as crispy as i would have liked but still, really good.
then there were the incredible heirloom tomatoes also from the market with intricate names i can’t recall (though i honestly tried), sliced on a plate , and the cucumber salad made with my farm share using only white vinegar, sugar and toasted sesame oil. oh and corn on the cob. it’s summer after all – officially day 3. oh and watermelon – we did that too… the corn and watermelon were from the anti-farmer’s market, costco. proof that everything has it’s place…
i was with my best friends angela and bruce, and my guy. his two kids were in the pool having an absolute blast and we were preparing dinner, drinking some wine and enjoying the slight breeze up on the hill.