Monday, September 13, 2010

Homemade Hand-picked Lobster Rolls and Ginger Ale

We've lived in Maine for 3 and a half months, and realized the other day that we hadn't had a Lobster Roll since then. After realizing this, I also remembered seeing Lobster at the grocery store for only 5.99/lb. And they'll cook it for you for free. Need I say more...

So we bought two small Lobsters and had 'em cooked, and brought them home (along with some Maine-style frankfurter buns):

Now on to the hard part, we had to get all the meat out...

Most people would probably stop at this point, but we wanted to do it true Mainer style, so we dug into all the legs and body and got every last bit of meat out. The results were pretty gruesome:

Mix it up with a dollop of mayo and throw it in a bun and you've got a Lobster Roll. (Sorry for the fuzzy pic, Golda wouldn't let me take another one since she wanted to eat!).

Simply Delicious.

I also made my first batch of ginger ale this week. I found a really simple recipe which we basically already had everything for:
  • 1 C sugar
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 inch of ginger, grated
  • 2 T bread yeast (you might want less if you have better yeast/a warmer house - I got impatient)
Add it all to a 2-liter bottle and fill with lukewarm water. Make sure to leave some space at the top. Put the cap on and let it sit somewhere warm for a few days. Make sure to check it regularly to let the gas escape so it doesn't explode (or use a 2L growler like me =) -- if you're lucky enough to have one already). Once it's fizzy enough for you, put it in the fridge and most of the yeast will calm down.

It turned out so well that I might try to make my own root beer or cream soda next. Anyone else have ideas or recipes they use?


Chris said...

Yum, homemade cream soda sounds good. You'll have to tell me how that goes. For recipe ideas, anything from America's Test Kitchen. :-P

LauraB said...

Do you think you will ever try to cook the lobsters yourself?

Golda said...

We would, we just don't have a pot big enough yet. We should buy a pot because you can get lobsters for $3.99/lb at people's houses and they won't cook it for you.

Anonymous said...

Home made ginger ale is the best!!!! I use Champagne yeast when I make it. Less of yeast flavor and more bubbles. You can get it at any beer or wine supply store an cheaper than bakers yeast. Try it sometime.

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