Sunday, August 8, 2010

Planning & Lobster with Peach Salsa

I don't know how people do it--plan for vacations in advance. Or at all. Since Daph told me he'd be visiting for a month come this September, I...We've been trying to map out our whole trip online, but I'm completely overwhelmed. I have a whole new respect for the organized. Something I aspire to be one day. You see, when he was here in Boston this past November, I was clueless as to how best "show-off" this city of mine I love so much. It was then I realized, that as central a part Boston is to who I am, in many ways, I've taken her for granted. I promised him that the next time he was here I would show him what makes this little corner of the Northeast so special, and that he would go back to Paris feeling about Boston as I do, passionate. Only this year, we've taken to include the love of my life, Kennebunkport, Maine, a place I've never been even though it's so close, Canada, and...Well, I'll save the 'and' for a future post, as, it's a pretty big 'AND'...The truth is, I miss him so much that I'd be happy to go absolutely nowhere and see nothing, just as long as it was with him.

Our favorite place to go and see last year was the MFA, Boston (Museum of Fine Arts)

Joseph Mallord William Turner is one of his favorite painters.

I loved this Egyptian Lion.

And Sekhmet.

They made a statue of Us. We both loved this.

And then a kind lady who worked at the Museum offered to take our picture.

Maine Lobster & Peach Salsa with Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Whenever lobster goes on sale I find it hard to pass up. At $4.99 a lb. it was practically a steal.

Boiled Lobster

The general rule is 10-12 minutes per lb. plus 3 additional minutes per additional lb. E.g. A 1 and 1/2 lb. lobster would be boiled for approx. 15 minutes.

In large pot, bring at least 1/2 gallon water to a rolling boil. Add 1/4 cup sea salt to water. Add lobsters, head first, to water and cover pot immediately, leaving a crack to help prevent water boiling over. Run away from the pot and scream (That's what I do anyway). Allow water to come back to a rolling boil, and from there you'll time the cooking. If lobsters are different size, boil in different pots and keep time according to the weight of the lobster. If lobsters are similar weight, you can boil them together.

I wanted something light to go with the lobster, but also bold enough to balance the taste of the sea. After being so disappointed about not liking the Watermelon & Feta salad from last week, I surprised myself with a willingness to give another fruit and savory concoction a try, only this time, with success. I loved the combination of sweet from the peach and honey, heat from the jalapeno, brightness from the red onion, liveliness from the fresh lime juice and tang from the balsamic vinegar.

Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette

1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 cup Honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

In medium bowl, whisk until thoroughly combined.

Peach Salsa

3-4 Firm, but Ripe Peaches (About 1 lb.), diced

1/4 Red Onion, chopped

1/2 Jalapeno, finely chopped

Juice of 1 large Lime, or 3 tablespoons

1-2 teaspoons Chopped Parsley

In medium bowl, combine peaches, onion, jalapeno and stir to combine. Add lime juice and combine. Scatter parsley over-top. Dress with vinaigrette and stir until salsa in evenly covered.


  1. Love the MFA! Bret and I went to see their Egyptian exhibit this past winter. The lobster looks unbelievable. I haven't had lobster at home all summer. I need to remedy this asap.

  2. The combination of lobster + mango/jalapenos sounds incredible. I just went to Basho (in Fenway) a few weeks ago and they had lobster ceviche which was great and this dish reminds me of it. Where did you score lobsters for $5/lb?? :)

  3. Lobster and peach salsa...Perfect!

    Nice to see some pics of you guys.

  4. that is a major steal. nice work. I love the MFA. Thanks for showing us some shots of you and Daph! He will be here so soon!

  5. I must confess that I've never ever cooked my own lobster before. Crabs, yes- lobsters, no. They're just so big and scary! I think I'll let someone else do it for me. (Yep, I'm a chicken.) That peach salsa, however, looks delicious. Peaches have never scared me. :)

  6. Mmmmmmmm my mouth is just watering - what more can I say. Diane

  7. I bet that salsa paired so well with lobster...mmmmmm!!! I love that they made a piece of the two of you ;) And I love that you said as long as you're with precious!!!

  8. The combination of lobster and sweet & spicy peach salsa sounds absolutely terrific and definitely very summery!

  9. My god at $4.99 a lb its a sin not to buy them. Well done to you, I wish I could find at such price.
    Great combination of flavours. The peach has a delicate aroma and very delicate flesh and combined with the lobster is marriage made in heaven ♥

  10. what a great salsa to go with this lobster or probably just about anything....

  11. Lovely combination and taste....can never go wrong with seafood I think.

  12. This sounds so good! I love making different kinds of peach salads in the summer... but I've never done one with balsamic, what a great idea!

  13. The peach salsa sounds divine! Especially paired with lobster - I've never seen them that cheap before. What a handsome couple you make! It sounds like you're going to have a fun time just basking in each others company where ever you are. Enjoy.

  14. I had some peach salad last night....and I am going to try your salsa next time. It looks totally tempting! Lobster...sighs...can't easily find them here.
    I look forward to reading your "big AND" soon.

  15. A lovely dish! That combination is really toothsome.

    I love Egyptian statues!



  16. Hey there...these photos make my mouth water...beautiful job. Might i suggest bringing Daph to Castle Island in South Boston? Walk around the fort to the water side for breathtaking views of the ocean, and all the drama of planes taking off and landing at Logan. If you're in the mood for some low-end chow, grab a hot dog and french fries and a cold coke at Sullivan's in the Castle Island parking lot.

  17. Aw, i LOVE the statue of Us. I have never been to the MFA! I think no matter where you two go, you will have the best time, just like you said.He will love whatever, wherever you take him, so don't put too much pressure on yourself to plan a "perfect" reunion. It will be perfect because you two are together.

    On that note, does he like lobster? Make him this dinner :) Yay Daph will be here so soon!


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