Maybe cooking is


Posted on: February 24, 2010

This weekend, my mom was in town visiting and we cooked lobster in honor of her stay.  No screaming, dramatic deaths involved in this round of woman versus food.  Just the lobster tails. 

Here’s our menu: 

  • Appetizer: Organic hummas and pita bread
  • Sides: Brown rice and fire-roasted vegetables
  • Main: Lobster tails with melted butter
  • Drink: Mixed cocktail with cognac, mint, lemon, sugar, and soda water
  • Dessert: Georgetown cupcakes

We went all out since we were eating in.  Mom took on the drinks while I boiled the lobster (under her direction).  We had a good time and I learned some tricks about shellfish from my mom. 

Mom making drinks



Boiling makes them red


The final presentation


Ta da! Ready to eat


Guests tend to define a meal in some part, especially if they’re vegetarian or pescetarian.  The ritual of food preparing and eating often ties bonds closer together and has even been found to be a popular subject in art.  Take, for example, Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party or Norman Rockwell’s Freedom from Want.  As Paula Dean notes in her family cookbook

Many of the bonds my family has were forged over the dinner table and through the sharing of recipes.  Cooking is the way we express our love for one another.  I feel so lucky and blessed by the strong support and wonderful memories — and the incredible recipes — that my family has brought me.  They are the heart and soul of this book. 

Paula is forever the saleswoman, and she’s good at it because she makes good points. 

As nutrition, food naturally has a healing property, especially for patients recovering from any major health aberration.  Red grapes, strawberries, soybeans, dark chocolate, oranges, and green tea are among the foods with the ability to prevent blood vessel growth and possibly halt aggressive cancers, according to William Li.  (Men: eat 2-3 servings of cooked tomatoes a week to prevent prostate cancer.) 

Another action that can save your life is a stranger’s heroic act.  My friend Lance (previously mentioned on this blog) saved a woman from the tracks of a New York subway train last week.  Unrelated to food, I know, but maybe just a tad more admirable than eating your veggies.  Way to go, Lance. 

Thought for the week: “One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti


2 Responses to "Lobstah"

I’m so jealous.

You just look so cute holding that lobstah tail over the boiling water.

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