Sunday, June 9, 2013

Lobster - You've Come a Long Way

We've all been asked the question "If you were on a desert island, what one food would you choose?"  A ridiculous question for those stranded who could be eating the same thing over and over and over and

....well, you get the idea.  But my very first thought would be LOBSTER!!!!! without question.
I have a few lobster recipes pinned on Pinterest, not to mention pages and pages of magazines and cookbooks with corners turned down - mac n cheese, curry, chowders, sandwiches.... but unless I really was stuck on an island eating nothing but lobster, I still would choose freshly steamed with a side of potato salad or coleslaw.

And moving to Nova Scotia, certainly gives me lots of opportunities to enjoy it fresh from the ocean.  I've written about lots of my adventures HERE that you might enjoy.   I'm lucky enough to be able to buy it right from the back of a truck of a lobsterman, or at the farmers markets or through Off The Hook.
But the main reason for this post is to share an article about the history of food.  It's fascinating how it's gone from being considered "trash" food eaten only by the very poor to a delicacy enjoyed around the world.  One very interesting fact from the article:
"In the 19th century, when consumers could buy Boston baked beans for 53 cents a pound, canned lobster sold for just 11 cents a pound. People fed lobster to their cats."
Check out the other facts.  It really is an interesting read, even if you don't eat lobster.    But I think I might just have to hunt down a lobsterman.

1 comment:

bellini said...

If only they had fresh lobster on the West Coast!! We can of course find it, stressed and in a tank.