It really made my mouth water. I love seafood and lobster is one of my all-time favorites. I sometimes get live lobster and cook it at home but it is a bit messy so anytime I can get a fresh lobster done well at a great restuturant….I’m there! I will be leaving Ireland soon for Ohio and while Ireland has had some of the best and freshest seafood I’ve ever eaten. ( Eat fresh fish for dinner two times a week here). I will be happy to get to the USA so I can once again enjoy the mouthwatering buttery taste of Maine type lobster and shrimp….two great items I cannot get in my local fish market in Ireland.
You can see a ton of fish here. There is a lot of skate and ray, which I have never tried. I stick mostly with cod, which is absolutely fantastic so flavorful and tasty. I just put in an oven dish, sprinkle with a bit of olive oil., add dabs of butter, lemon slices, salt n pepper and a splash of white wine. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350F- till it just flakes and wow, it is sooo good. The other fish I buy is salmon because of the Omega-3s- the good fat. I either bake or fry that- sometimes I fry with soy sauce and butter. The salmon is good but I do worry because it is mostly farmed here. In my opinion, farm salmon are not the healthiest or most nutritious- wild salmon is and I can only find that smoked around me. So I’ll have to get my wild salmon in Ohio – from Alaska and Canada
But back to the lobster…now that I cannot get here, The only shellfish I can easily get in Ireland are clams, mussels, and of course, oysters. Ireland is famous for its oysters. This September will be the 64th annual International Oyster Festival in Galway. A bucket list visit. In the meantime. I go once a week to Mary Barry’s restaurant in Kilmore – south Wexford, for her Fish Chowder- a mix of white fish, salmon, mussels, clams in a creamy broth…to die for.
If you have been reading my blog, you know I have recently got involved with healthy eating. As a die in the wool foodie, I have only been concerned with good food- good tasting, nice presentation, but now I am more focused on Healthy Food. I recently joined the Harvard Medical School Nutrition newsletter. Today I received a report on ShellFish. So after my sister’s post I am really looking forward to getting a lobster when I get home- fresh, fish, healthy right? Well……
The report began talking about salmon the healthy fish choice…high in protein and good Omega-3 fats. Then the newsletter compared health cold water fish with omega 3 to shellfish. I found that the shellfish did not have high levels of omega-3. Whats more lobster has very little, shrimp and clams have a bit and Calamari and oysters have about as much as flounder, not too bad.
As far as protein levels, lobster has as much protein as salmon and octopus has a very high protein level. Cholesterol remains an unstable subject for me. I personally do not take statins and I do not overindulge in shrimp or calamari – they are high in cholesterol but I still eat them on occasion.
Well folks, as far as I am concerned, lobster is much more healthy than local fast food…so I am going to get my lobster!! Does anyone have a great recipe for lobster-roll? My last great roll was in Boston, wish I’d paid more attention to the spices.
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