Tonight for our #DoodlewashDinner I decided to bring a lobster. Not sure how many of you out there like eating lobster, but I think they’re delicious. And you can’t feel too bad about eating one because lobsters also enjoy eating other lobsters. Apparently, beyond fending off the usual list of various predators, young lobsters should think twice before accepting mom and dad’s invitation to come to dinner. Known to dine on each other in captivity, it was discovered this is also happening frequently in the wild as well. So if you love the taste of lobster, now you can take comfort in the fact that even the lobster agrees with you.
Some believe lobsters scream in pain when you cook them, but it’s just air trapped inside as they don’t have vocal chords and can’t actually process pain. Despite being a rather pricey delicacy today, during the colonial era, servants, prisoners and the poor dined on lobster. They were considered “tasteless” and not fit for wealthier appetites. This all changed, of course, and now lobster is the king of the seafood menu. A fitting title when you consider that one of their claws can exert pressure of up to 100 pounds per square inch. They’re odd little creatures who taste with their legs, chew with their stomachs, and can actually regenerate limbs. With all these strange quirks, it’s probably not so odd to now add cannibalism to the list.
Also, research suggests that lobsters never stop growing, though the traps currently in use can’t catch the largest lobsters so scientists aren’t entirely sure. It’s believed they can live as long as 100 years, grow up to four feet long (1.2m) and weigh 40 pounds (18kg). This would require a much larger stock pot in order to prepare them, so even if people could catch them, you’d rarely find lobsters of that size in restaurants. If lobster is something you also enjoy, then this is the doodlewash dish for you. Just be sure to eat it quickly before the lobster’s mother shows up and gets the first bite!
You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month!
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M. Graham watercolors: Pyrrol Red, Azo Orange, Azo Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, Sap Green, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal
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