Saturday, July 21, 2012
Awesome and Awesomer!
One of my honorary sisters and her husband, a couple I've been friends with for more than thirty years, dropped off this surprise for me recently! She shall remain nameless so as for me to remain top billing on her "gifts list," hahahahaha.
At the top, looking "tiny" is a normal-sized one-and-a-half pounder, absolutely delicious and regular restaurant fare. This is the size I've always eaten, at home or out somewhere. There is plenty of tail- and claw-meat for one person. It's sitting on a 12-inch charger, so looks deceive. The "Monster Bug" in the foreground, however, OMG, lol! That one is four-pounds, a size I've never personally seen before except in an aquarium or in photos. It was about 18 inches long when stretched out. I had an amazing time "shelling" them both, removing the tails and claws and knuckle meat. I made lobster rolls for myself and June for lunch and dinner, and then I froze the rest of it for a future special occasion. Then I flamed the shells and remains with cognac, and then boiled the carcasses, one with tomalley and one with roe, and made broth. I froze the broth, too, which will be perfect for an autumn fish chowder. I even saved the largest claw, bleaching it overnight and gluing it back together again for my "oddities" collection, so I can always remember this amazing gift.
Thank you, and huge hugs!