After our wonderful dinner with wild Canadian lobsters last year, we decided to place another order as they come into season again. Our first attempt for the feast last month fell through at the last minute, when Hurricane Matthew disrupted the flights coming out of the Eastern Seaboard... and the lobsters got stuck. It took us a month to reschedule, and the day finally arrived.
After giving away 2 of the babies to the Great One, I took the rest of them to Hello Kitty's place. We had invited a few people to join us in our lobster fest, and the four of us should be able to polish off 10 of these 1-pounders, right?!
To prepare the lobsters, we first poke them in the tail to release any urine still left in the body. Then each lobster is killed by piercing its head with the sharp tip of the knife, so that death is as quick as possible.
We decided to put them in a pot and steam them with white wine. For our first batch, I had a half bottle of 1999 Coche-Dury Meursault leftover from a few months ago, so we dumped that into the pot. I was then told to run down to the neighborhood supermarket to get any ol' cheap white wine so that we could steam the rest of the lobster, and decided to get just about the cheapest wine possible - Carlo Rossi California White - because the supermarket didn't carry my favorite cooking plonk - Everyday White. This turned out to be a mistake, because Hello Kitty complained that the Carlo Rossi "smelled like battery acid"...
We had a few bottles over the course of the evening:
2003 Françoise Bedel L'Âme de la Terre, dégorgée Août 2012 - nice and caramelized nose, a little yeasty.
I was pretty surprised that we had difficulty finishing the lobsters. In fact, the four of us only took down 7 of them! So we ended up giving away another pair to Kung Fu Panda, who picked them up on her way back from another dinner at Gaddi's...