When I returned from my recent adventure in Vermont, I was feeling motivated to eat as healthy as possible. I also triggered an addiction to lobster, having stopped in Boston on both the way there and the way back, indulging in lobster rolls in both directions.
As such, I got out my favorite cookbook, “The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook” and found myself drooling over the Lobster Fra Diavalo recipe.
By luck, my noon meeting cancelled and I managed to spend lunch at the grocery store. I bought the provisions necessary for a 3-course meal–salad, entree, and dessert.
When my day had mostly wrapped up (I did have one evening conference call with some folks in Australia, but it didn’t last long), I started cooking.
Now, this is a rather rare phenomenon. Finding me in the kitchen usually means I’m making coffee, eating yogurt straight out of the carton, or perhaps doing something as creative as making a smoothie. But on this night, I was undertaking making 3 courses all for the same meal.
I started thawing the lobster tails for the Lobster Fra Diavalo. I made pomegranate salad dressing and prepped the salad. I put on wild rice to cook without fully reading the instructions (quite the risk taker). I served the salad around 8PM, right after my conference call was over. Not bad if you ignore the fact I’d started prepping around 5:30PM.
I thought I’d started the rice too late, but then I realized the sauce for the lobster had to cook down, so then my rice was going to be done too early. I turned up the heat on the diavalo sauce in the hope of reducing it faster. While it cooked, I made up some chocolate sauce from a New Life Hiking Spa recipe available on their website. I was going to serve banana “ice cream” and chocolate sauce for dessert.
Note the time in the photo of the lobster cooking on the stove. At 9:17, I was still trying to reduce the sauce. We ate our lobster at 9:30. It was actually quite good, if I do say so myself. But, can lobster ever really taste bad?
Next, I took frozen bananas out of the freezer only to discover they weren’t really frozen all the way. I decided to try to make the dessert anyway. I put them in the blender and tried to puree them into an ice cream consistency. Between their unfrozen state and my crappy blender, they came out more of a pudding consistency. I enjoyed it anyway. My husband wasn’t so keen on the dessert. The chocolate sauce was tasty, but sweetened with maple syrup (not from Vermont), it was a little too mapley for him.
All in all, I invested about 5 hours of my time between planning, shopping, cooking, eating, and cleaning up for this one healthy meal. I texted my friend that I now understand why I have time to workout–I don’t cook.