I know, everyone has their own way of making a lobster roll. So tonight I did mine, the first of the season and, so far, a crowd pleaser. It is an assimilation of all the versions I've had over the years. After all, I am the mother who once took her young son on a week long trip to Maine to eat only lobster roll. To his credit he was game.
I couldn't be indulging this way were it not for the great deal on lobster offered yesterday and today by Cannon's Fish Market in Georgetown. Am I a shill for them? It probably seems that way. But I'm a shill for any merchant who cuts a good deal for customers, and that's what Bobby Moore did this weekend on lobster. It was $8.50 a pound. Better still, I called, ordered, and they steamed and shelled it for me. All I had to do was bring the meat home and chop it up, add a little lemon, salt, pepper, mayo, onion, celery and a buttered and toasted roll. Dessert was lemon pound cake with strawberries.
What comes next as I celebrate the end of spring? More and more and more asparagus. Soft shelled crabs, the last of their season. I'm old school. I don't think they should be eaten after June 15, because any soft shelled crab after that date is a shedder and not a real soft shell. I look forward to hard shelled crabs from the Chesapeake Bay (not Venezuela, not Florida, not Vietnam), and peaches. Lots and lots of peaches.
With the rains we've had the peaches should be good. Peaches benefit from the rain. On the other hand, the strawberries are over-watered and not seriously sweet. Tough this spring to find a really sweet strawberry. They taste watered down. If the rains continue, but don't become too frequent, the corn crop should be super sweet.
Oh, my. I love the warm months.