for years, sunday has been a real wild card day. i hardly ever make plans for a sunday. why? because it’s just one of those days that you leave free to kick back and relax… or make a spur of the moment run to buy seafood in some part of the island you’ve never been before. so on this given sunday, when muh boy stevie (you’ll see him in a little) said “leh we go mayaro an get some lobster nah?” my only thought was “ah wonder if the camera battery charge up boy?” i’ve never made lobster and i’ve actually only had it once. count me in. lets go.
our journey landed us up at ducky’s fish mart in mayaro. cool dude that ducky. just what you’d expect. knowledgeable about anything that dwells beneath the surface. considering the amount of people that stopped by or called out to him, he probably knows a lot about things above sea level too.
once i killed and cleaned crab for a crab and dumpling lime with some friends and vowed NEVER to do that again. we spent hours cracking the backs and cutting up etc. i’m talking about hundreds of dollars worth of crab.
these lobsters were huge. i mean, i’m no pro when it comes to these sea bachacs, but lining up the size of these to what i’ve seen people serving in restaurants and on tv and stuff, these were big. (oh, that’s stevie holding up the critters by the way.)
actually, he selected the one with the eggs. yup, lobster eggs. apparently, these coveted spongy looking things are great when blended into a punch. peanut punch was the recommended flavour. supposed to put de lead in yuh pencil if yuh know what ah mean.
the tail was as big as one of the snappers. probably bigger actually. you have to know what you’re doing i guess. in no time ducky stripped out all the undesirable intestines and other stuff and had the tail ready to rock and roll.
the break down in the end. ducky recommended that the tail is good enough for a proper dinner. “feel free to spark up two candles… yuh might even want dem scented an all.” the head, which he cut up into a lot of small pieces he said is nice to curry with heavy coconut milk. i also heard that the head parts make a good broth too. i have enough to try them both actually.
leh we bubble.