I love visiting my Grandmother-in-law. We have a fantastic time, and I am one of the privileged few that are allowed to use her kitchen. She loves it when I cook for her, I always make something different, and she always thoroughly enjoys it. This weekend's amazing meal was surf 'n' turf. Grilled beef tenderloin steaks with lobster tails basted with butter and garlic. Granny ate a whole steak, a lobster tail and had seconds on potatoes and veggies! This meal was very delicious, but a little pricy. Good beef costs money but it's totally worth it.
I was very lucky and got the lobster tails on sale. This will be the second official time that I have eaten lobster. Yes I know, I have it on the site, but I make it for others to enjoy. I just remember my first experience from my childhood. I was at daycare and only maybe two. The babysitter was having lobster for dinner and offered me a piece to try. I did not like the texture or the flavour and ran immediately for the garbage to spit it out. Really that was my first experience with seafood ever, and one that apparently scared me for life. (Therapy session much?) Anyway, I am working through it now, and had a very successful experience with the lobster tails. They're beefy for a seafood, a little on the rubbery side but something I will definitely try again.
Cooking for others is fun, but when you have to work in other people's spaces it is sometimes difficult. I forgot to bring my tongs and a chef's knife with me. I had to use a little serrated blade for my cutting and prepping, and a pair of salad tongs to work the grill. But all things considered, the rain and the lack of tools, everything turned out. Just remember to bring your favourite or must have tools if you are cooking at someone else's house.
This meal was amazing. I seriously could have finished that steak in one go, but I forced myself to save some for later. And the lobster tails, like I said, were kind of beefy tasting for a fish. I don't know if that is from the basting both the lobster and the beef tenderloin with the butter, but it was good. Good enough to try again. I fear that I may have overdone the lobster a little. You have to keep a close eye on that, the last thing you need is rubbery lobster. That is almost worse than rubber duck!
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