June 15, 2012

National Lobster Day

“All of us are born with a set of instinctive fears - of falling, of the dark, of lobsters, of falling on lobsters in the dark, or speaking before a Rotary Club, and of the words 'Some Assembly Required.'" - Dave Barry

It's National Lobster Day!

One of my favorite traditions from my mid-teens until my mid-twenties was my family's annual summer lobster bake. My dad would get not only lobsters, but steamer clams, ears of corn, red bliss potatoes, and of course something blueberry-flavored for dessert. We'd sit outside in the sun and eat leisurely loving the Maine life we were lucky enough to live. And, actually, here's a picture from the last summer I participated in the feed before switching my diet to a plant-based one:

Lobsters are interesting creatures - they have blue blood, can grow up to three feet, live up to 100 years, taste with their feet, and were originally fed to prisoners and servant's because they were thought of as poor man's food. I've always been particularly fond of them; so much so that when I moved into my own place, my sister got me a lobster trap coffee table. I promptly got a stuffed lobster I named Jack Bauer. You have and will continue to see him make an appearance throughout my food blogging days because I'm a little enamored of him despite his inanimate ways!

What's more traditional in New England in the summertime than a lobster roll? It's not totally impossible to recreate on an herbivore's diet, either. For today all I did was mix mayo with celery salt and some lemon juice, then I mixed in some really meaty lobster mushrooms. Fill a toasted-with-butter roll and serve with potato chips and a pickle or french fries and coleslaw and you've got yourself a feast fit for a king servant.

Happy National Lobster Day!