Posts Tagged ‘30 by 30’

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5: Kill a Lobster

August 3, 2012

A while ago, I made a list of 30 things to do by the time I’m 30. I told my friend, Jess, about my list and lo and be hold she spur of the moment convinced me to check #5: Kill a lobster off my list.

A note: I didn’t add “kill a lobster” just for the sake of taking a life. As a omnivore I feel strongly that I need to respect the sacrifice the animal is making. I enjoy eating lobster and I felt that I should know how to kill and cook one to be able to appreciate the true cost of the meal.

Much like the Pig Roast – I’m not trying to say this is the “right” way to do it, but it’s the way we did it and the results were delicious.

So, here’s how we did it –

1. Jess picked up lobsters, invited us over, and promised to show me how to do everything. Dave was put in charge of the camera phone. In hindsight, we should have used a real camera – sorry on the shitty picture quality!

2. We started by putting a huge pot of water on the stove to boil. We seasoned the boiling water with lots of salt and lemon.

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3. Don’t do what I did. Don’t name your lobster Phillip. Don’t do this even though it feels right. And then, don’t play with Phillip on the counter – it will only make the next steps harder. By the way, this is Phillip (isn’t he cute?… for a lobster):

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4. When the water was really boiling, we picked up the lobsters by holding them firmly by the back, behind the legs, just above their tail. Even though they had been in the fridge and were sort of lethargic their tails were extremely strong and it took some focus to get them to the pot. We then lowered them quickly into the boiling water head first. This is quickest way to kill them and most humane. I was unprepared for how they squirmed and moved around even after they had been in the water for several seconds. Steel yourself for this – the water is already salted – no need for tears (in truth, I didn’t cry… but man… watching Phillip convulse was a little much after we had played on the counter).

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5. We boiled the lobsters for 15 minutes – or until they turned bright red and floated to the top.

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The lobsters were delicious. There was something primal and satisfying about cracking the shells and sucking out the juicy bits from the legs.

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All in all, I was glad to have the experience. It was smple – not nearly as intimidating as I thought it would be. The fruits of our labor were delicious. And I think when it came down to it, I did have a better appreciation of the meal.

#5 – check!

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Finishing some projects and No. 21

May 7, 2012

I turned in my last bit of coursework for my degree a couple weeks ago. It still feels a little unreal. Part of that feeling is actually having some free time. Free time in which I have done the following:

Checked off #21 from my list of 30 by 30 – Finish a quilt project. This is the quilt before I finished it – I thought this picture was more interesting than the finished product because it has Jelly and her scary, evil eyes 🙂

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I also made a tote bag:

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Made some butter for fun:

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And finished this quilt top:

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That’s it for now. I’m hoping to get some more projects done before I run out of steam 🙂

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17: Bake Bread

March 12, 2012

#17 – Master yeast bread, or at least make a really nice loaf – check!

Ok, I think it would take a really long time to “Master” yeast bread, but I did make a really nice loaf today – actually I made four:

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(Please excuse the alcohol in the background!)

I made this recipe from the blog Dinner With Julie. Actually, I made it twice because at first I was worried that my yeast was dead (it was not, just a bit slow). I also changed it a little bit by adding melted butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar before rolling it and putting it in the pan – totally worth it! Now we’ll have cinnamon swirl toast for breakfast this week.

I’ve never had yeast bread work out so successfully or be so simple to make. I think the main thing I learned was that you have to be patient and let it rise until it’s doubled in size. If you try to rush it, you won’t get the nice, fluffy loaf.

This marks the third thing I’ve checked off my 30 by 30 list. Yay!