The BEST Lobster Roll

Hey everyone!

Is it as hot where you are as it is here?

We are hitting 40C on a regular basis and this girl is not here for that! I sweat so much under my knee brace that I need my husband’s help to take it off…

So to be 100% honest with you guys, my cooking is pretty minimal, we are having a lot of salads, sandwiches, BBQ, etc. No major cooking these days, there’s no way I want to get my house even hotter by turning on the oven or sweat my life away at the stove!

Last week, we had those amazing Lobster Rolls, now, obviously, it would be even better (if that’s even possible) if you made those with fresh lobster, but personally, I feel like it’s a waste of delicious crustacean. These ones were made with the frozen lobster from Costco, which is surprisingly delicious!

Alright, let’s get to it!

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Lobster Roll

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked lobster, on the larger side (or equivalent in frozen meat)
  • 2 buns of your choice, I prefer panini-style buns but hot dogs would work just as well
  • 2 tbsp of light mayo
  • the juice of 1/4 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • fresh chives (optional, can be replaced with green onion very finely chopped)
  • Butter or Margarine to toast the bread

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How to:

  1. If you are starting with live lobster you’ll want to start with boiling them in very salty water for about 7 minutes for the first pound, and then add another 3-4 minutes for any extra pounds. Once cooked, you want to cool it down in ice water. The faster you cool it down, the easier it will be to shell.
  2. If you are starting with frozen lobster, make sure to completely thaw it and dry it slightly with a paper towel.
  3. Chop your lobster in small chunks of about 2-3cm
  4. In a bowl, combine your lobster with the mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chives. Reserve.
  5. In a pan, lightly butter the inside of your chosen bun and grill it until golden brown. If using hot dog buns, repeat on the outside
  6. Fill your buns with the lobster mix and serve immediately with chips, salad, or fries.
  7. EAT ALL THE LOBSTER ROLLS!

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A note on finding the perfect lobster, the one that’s gonna be FULL of meat and not hard to crack disappointment.

You want to look for the oldest, most beat-up lobster in the tank. What I mean is, you’re looking for a damaged-looking shell. If the shell looks kinda bad, that means the lobster didn’t change its shell in a while and you have a better chance of said shell being full of shellfish deliciousness.

It’s a little secret I got from my dad and so far, it always worked for me!

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Now go forth and enjoy this very, very hot summer!

As usual, if you make this, let me know how you liked it and send me pics! You can also hashtag #forkandfantasy on Instagram and I’ll find you!

Reminder, my Instagram is @annegvall , follow for weekly pics of food and my pets!

Until next time,

Andreanne

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Watch it & Read it

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the delay in posting, I injured my knee and it threw everything outta wack! Now I gotta wear this big ass brace with hinges and everything… That’ll teach me to try to work out! I was right all these years, exercising IS dangerous!

Whatever, it’ll be fine.

Being stuck inside sitting on my butt, I did watch an awful lot of TV and read a lot, guess that makes sense right? So I figured, might as well let you know what I watched and read to give you ideas of things to do inside, where the AC lives!

Here we go

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TV Shows

Alright, let’s be honest here, I watched a lot more than the 4 TV Shows I will talk about, feel free to judge me ahahah. That being said, those are all found on Netflix Canada at the time of publication but you might be able to stream them elsewhere.

Solomon’s Perjury

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This show was originally aired on JTBC in 2016-2017 but recently got added to Netflix.

It’s the story of a class who decides to hold a full-on trial after the death of one of their classmates is dismissed very quickly as a suicide by the school and the police. They go on and research law and trial procedures to uncover the truth.

I absolutely loved it! The mystery was enough to be interesting but not too much as to be forced. Also, because of how they show flashbacks of every testimony and version of events, I couldn’t tell what happened for sure until the next to last episode. Did I suspect? Yes, of course, but I could not tell for sure!

All in all, it’s an excellent show, a little heavy at times, but worth a watch for sure!

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The Umbrella Academy

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A Netflix original adapted by a Comic Book. I was already into it before even watching it… It came out in February 2019.

The story follows a super dysfunctional family of siblings who were all adopted as infants because of superpowers. Now they’re all grown up and majorly messed up. Most of them went their own way after growing up but when they all meet again oof, the drama!

Now, this show is not super heavy, even though they do touch up some heavy subjects. The humour (sometimes dark) makes that show amazing and very easy to watch, it also only has 10 episodes so, not a major time commitment either.

I highly enjoyed it and you probably will too!

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School 2017

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Originally, this show aired on KBS2 in, obviously, 2017. I actually lied, this particular show is not on Netflix (Though it should be), you can watch it on VIKI.

This is a very typical high school drama with everything it entails, getting good grades, thinking about the future, caring and uncaring teachers, and of course love!

This is one of my favourite couples I ever saw in a KDrama (I won’t spoil who), it’s so refreshing to see a healthy relationship! Give me couples who are friends first, who support each other, who genuinely apologize when they mess up, who are real! Ugh, I loved it!

This is one of my favourite high school drama because it’s real but not overly complicated (looking at you ‘Heirs’), do check it out!

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Chef and my Fridge

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My FAVOURITE variety show these days! Originally, it airs on JTBC under the name ‘Please take care of the refrigerator’ since 2014, but there are quite a few episodes on Netflix (I keep hoping they’ll get newer episodes…).

This show is part talk show, part cooking show, and part cooking competition, it is hilarious! They bring in the fridge of different celebrities (from singers to actors, comedians, doctors, etc) and using only what is in the fridge, 4 chefs must compete to make them delicious meals that fit a theme chosen by the celerity.

Even my husband enjoys that show because it’s hilarious but also, the food that they manage to make always looks so delicious!

Check it out and prepare to get hungry!

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Books

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina- Season of the Witch

By Sarah Rees Brennan

This is a prequel to the Netflix show, therefore, none of the events happening on the show are known.

I loved that it had the same kind of feel as the show, kinda creepy, but not really.

The book takes place a couple months before Sabrina’s birthday/ dark baptism so expect to read about that quite a bit!

For the neophytes around, Sabrina Spellman is a half-witch, half-mortal girl. On her 16th Birthday she’s going to have to choose in which world she belongs. Witch, or mortal.

See the Netflix show for more!

All around, I loved it and can’t wait for season 3 of the show! I hope there will be other books as well.

These Wiches Don’t Burn

By Isabel Sterling

Please forgive my Amazon picture, I got this book on Kindle so I had no actual paper copy…

Witchcraft and teenagers is always an excellent trope as far as I’m concerned! In this book, we follow a coven of Elemental witches in Salem, except in our days.

The storyline was good and the characters interesting, I’ll definitely read the sequel when it comes out.

My only negative point about it was that, even though representation is great in the book, it sometimes feels a bit forced. It could just be the writing style but that’s how I felt.

Still excellent, still excited for the next one!

The Similars

By Rebecca Hanover

I have my friend Kim to thank for this one! She brought it to our Book Club and it looked so good I borrowed it right away!

The story is about students who are attending a very elite school. Very hard to get into, very into traditions, you see the type.

Now the scandal is that clones are going to attend their school. Some were cloned from classmates.

It opens up the whole debate about the ethicality of cloning to begin with, but also if the clones should have contact with their source DNA.

It’s an excellent read and I will be awaiting the sequel with no patience at all! Be out already!!!

So that’s it for this week, hopefully everyone is having a great (and uninjured) summer so far!

Until next time,

Andreanne

Shawarma Flatbread

Hey everyone!

Once in a while, you create a recipe, and it ends up being da bomb dot com, yeah, this is one of them. Some of my creations don’t really turn out, but this one was fantastic! I may or may not be eating it as I am writing this… I am…

Alright, before I start, let me just say that the title is somewhat of a lie. This is made with Naan bread, not pita or flatbread, though I guess naan bread is technically flat… and bread…

In any case, here it is!

The ingredients are quite simple, so is the actual making of the thing. The longest part is probably the sauce which can be made in advance.

You’ll also notice ‘Toum’ or Lebanese style garlic sauce in the ingredients. I buy mine pre-made at the Farmer’s Market, but if you want to make your own, I suggest THIS recipe by ‘Yummy Noises’ which is simple, quick, and delicious!

Shawarma Flatbread

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

– 4 Naan breads of your choice (I like garlic naan)

– 1lbs of lean ground beef

– 2-3 tbsp of Shawarma spices (I got mine at BulkBarn but any Middle Eastern Grocery would have it too)

– 1 tbsp of canola or other neutral oil

– 4-8 tbsp of toum (Lebanese style garlic sauce)

– 1 cup of sprouts of choice (I bought those awesome pea sprouts at the Farmer’s Market)

Turmeric sauce ingredients:

– 100g of 0% plain greek yogurt (1 individual serving or about a cup)

– 2 tbsp of tahini

– 1 tbsp of white wine/ rice vinegar

– 1-2 tbsp of powdered Turmeric

– 1 tsp of lemon juice

– 1 tsp of sugar

– Salt and Pepper

How to:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F

2. Mix together the ingredients for the turmeric sauce and set aside. This can be done in advance and you can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days easily.

3. In a pan, heat up the oil to cook the ground beef.

4. Cook the ground beef with the shawarma spices until fully done.

5. On each naan bread, smear a good amount of turmeric sauce, then cover with ground beef.

6. Dollop some ‘toum’ on each piece of naan. The more you like garlic, the more you put on.

7. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

8. Dress with sprouts and serve immediately.

9. EAT ALL THE FLATBREADS!!!

There you go! If you want, you can probably cook those on the BBQ if you’re not a fan of turning on the oven during the summer.

You can also make this recipe vegetarian by replacing the beef with ‘Yves Veggie Ground’ or chickpeas!

Let me know if you try it (and if you do, what you think of it) because I’m VERY excited about this recipe, I loved it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s post, next week will be a TV and Books one, to fill up your summer vacation free time!

Until next time,

Andreanne