Friday, 6 August 2010

Self study: how to...

If you're wondering what I'm doing on Friday evening before going out with some friends, I've been studying on how to prepare a live lobster. Three out of the six recipes that I still need to try in the next 25 days are from the lobster section.

This is Jamie's note on the subject:
You can of course boil a lobster whole, but I love to prepare it like this - it allows you to cook it in so many more ways. So if you have a live lobster and you plan to grill, roast, steam or barbecue it, this is what you'll need to do. First, you'll need to kill it and cut it in half. Place the lobster on a big chopping boar and look for the small cross mark on its shell, just at the back of its head.
Taking great care, place the tip of a large chopping knife at the centre of the cross and quickly and confidently push the tip of the knife straight through its shell, chopping right down through the head to the board underneath. This kills the lobster immediately, and if the legs continue to wriggle afterwards (what?!?), don't worry; it's just reflex reaction and will stop after a while.

Oh Jamie, you make it seems so easy... *sigh...


  1. Hi Michael,
    Thanks for poppin by.

    Err... Jamie Oliver.
    I have a history of not liking him.
    He stole one of my recipe.
    But all n all, I do cook like him I guess.
    I am an Italian inspired chef... every time I watch his show with my girlfriend, I always say what will he do and what ingredient is next.

    You grew up in Indo, So does that mean that you can speak Indonesian?

  2. he does make it sound so then thats his job! I keep writing to him about my school but they don't seem to want success stories...oh well.....have fun with your lobster, I'm sure what ever you make will be delicious!!

  3. Lobster Killer! Just kidding, Michael. He makes it sound so easy, but it is a chore I hate to do. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  4. Hi Pierre, I enjoy reading your delicious blog.
    As I mentioned, Jamie stole your recipe? how very dare he! :)
    Ya bisa lah bahasa Indo. hehe

    Chef Dennis, the experience of preparing live lobster was a weird one. I don't know if it was fun... but anyway, thank you for the encouragement.

    Mary, I guess I am lobster killer now :)
    I hope you are having a great day too.

  5. LOL. The description is so graphic! haha. Sounds simple enough though.