An Evening in the Maritimes

Another Ridiculously Easy but Very Impressive recipe, one that is so easy your friends won’t believe it when you tell them how you made it.

In years past, I’ve appeared on  “A-Channel Morning” here in Ottawa to help publicize “An Evening in the Maritimes”, a fundraiser hosted by Citizen Advocacy.  I have been a volunteer with CA for 7 years, and it is a wonderful organization with a very “hands-on” approach to service.  Each volunteer is matched with a member of the community who is at risk of social isolation due to a disability or illness, and the pair just hang out and do whatever they want to do.  My match and I go to movies, out to eat and shop, and check out gardens and craft shows.

Details of the May 31 fundraising dinner can be found here… There’s a delicious meal (including meat and vegetarian options as well as the traditional lobster dinner), Maritime entertainment, and an auction with amazing items.

Here is the super-easy recipe I made on the morning show in 2008… Serve it with a side of steamed local asparagus for a lovely little lunch.  If you don’t relish the idea of cracking up your own lobsters, use canned lump crabmeat for an easier preparation.

Lobster and Avocado Salad with Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise

Serves 2 for lunch or 4 as an appetizer

1 head of garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup mayonnaise

2 – 1 pound lobsters, cooked

1 ripe avocado

Chop the tips off the head of garlic and place onto a sheet of aluminum foil.  Pour oil over the top, and wrap the foil around the garlic.  Roast in 400°F oven for 40-60 minutes. To save energy, do this while you’re cooking something else in the oven.

Let the garlic cool for at least 30 minutes, then squeeze the garlic out of the skin, mash it and stir it into the mayonnaise.

Remove lobster meat from the shells and chop into large pieces.  Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and chop into large pieces.

Toss the lobster and avocado with the garlic mayonnaise.

Cream of Tomato Soup

If your garden is like mine, you’re about to be overtaken by tomatoes.

Make this rich soup and freeze it to take advantage of the freshness of homegrown or market fresh tomatoes.

For a more refined soup, peel the tomatoes before cooking.  To do this, impale each with a fork and hold them in boiling water for about 30 seconds.  Cut the skin carefully into four and peel with the edge of a knife.  Don’t worry if there’s a tiny bit of peel still left.  Leaving the skins on will make a more rustic soup.

In a pot, put: 3-4 large tomatoes

Water or broth to cover

If using water, you may choose to add 1-2 boullion cubes

Simmer until tomatoes are just cooked.  Puree in a blender or use an immersible one right in the pot.

Add heavy cream until you like the looks of it, or until your arteries threaten to harden in protest (ie. as much as you want).

Puree again, making sure you’ve blended all the chunks.

Freeze for up to 6 months.  To use, thaw in fridge 24-48 hours and heat in microwave or saucepan.

Stir vigorously to recombine the soup into its smooth state.

Let’s make a meal – plan!

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Less Stress
It’s 6 o’clock, your family is hungry, tired, complaining and you have no idea what’s for dinner. Trying to come up with something to cook at the last minute a whole lot of fun. Dinner will be much more relaxed when you don’t have to stress about it.

Quality Time
Dinner time use to be the time for families to gather and share news and experiences of the day. Parents and children can pay some needed undivided attention to each other. Make dinner a daily family tradition, again.

Eat Healthier
Cut down on the fast food and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Home-cooked meals tend to be much healthier than hamburgers with fries, fried chicken or pizza. When you plan your meals, you tend to include healthier alternative such as chicken breast, salads and vegetables.