Homard/ Lobster/ Labsta!

For Sadie, the only person I know from Maine, USA:  I know you miss “Labsta Day” and I’m sure you haven’t had your fix in a while.

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Lobster Thermador

This is to show homage to all those beauties that gave their lives for learning and tasting.

As a Chef Instructor for 12.99999 (slightly superstitious here) years I had the pleasure of teaching multiple classes.  I taught the two classes with Lobster demos and fabrication.

On “Labsta Days” by some unknown force or possibly genetics, Chef Sadie would find her way to the class just as a dish was finished.

Other Chefs had their favorites as well.  Some would seek out Lamb (Chef Anjali) and others wouldn’t care what you were cooking as long as it would fill a seemingly hollow leg (Chef Paul).

I had a weakness for “Cookie Day”.  Secretly dropping subtle hints to pastry class after pastry class letting them know I happened, just by coincidence, to enjoy, very much so, a few chocolate chip cookies if they found it in their hearts to relinquish a couple.

Mmmmmmmmm COOOkies…..

Sorry about that,  I seem to have lost my train of thought.  Back to lobster or homard, as it is known in French.

I have collected photos of my dishes produced for demo or that I did while joining the class for production.

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Sautéed Lobster on Dilled Sweet Potato Mash, Leek Cream and Sautéed Spinach with Bacon

Most were delivered to Chef Sadie for “inspection” and for fear of her hearing that lobster was being produced and consumed without her being notified.

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Lobster, Chive and Gruyere Omelette

 

While here in France I have had opportunity to play with Langoustine AKA; Scampi, AKA; Salt Water Prawn.

They are fun to clean and vary in size.  Fun is a word I like to use to sell peeling garlic to someone.  Really they are tedious but well worth the sweetness they deliver.

Shoot on over to a past post titled Chef Gurr Work and Play to view more of my work as a Chef Instructor.

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Prolific

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Lorikeets are always looking for love and taking care of each other.

In Australia we saw a few here and there.  Maybe three or four in a tree.  They seem to always be paired up.

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Then we hit the motherload at a campground in Queensland.  They had a feeding station and it was total mayhem!

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What was a few in the trees chatting to one another turned into at least 30 in an instant.  They came from thick bush and tall eucalyptus trees.  Zipping by our heads to get their beaks on a bit of soaked bread.

Later that week, in another town, we heard the same commotion as we exited a grocery store at dusk.  In the trees around the parking lot there were around a hundred lorikeets.

These fellas really are prolific.

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Prolific

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Awakening

If it’s not the cocks then it’s the cats.

 

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Hero,  waiting for the Let-er-iner

When I think of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo ChallengeAwakening, I hear the roosters.

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Traveling the world housesitting along with petsitting has involved dogs, cats and chickens.   But sometimes it’s not even the ones we’re watching announcing that morning has arrived or rather, about to arrive.  Those chooks could use a new watch.  At 3am the sun is NOT about to come up.

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As for the cats.  I’ve always attracted cats.  We have one and I am the feeder, the let-er-outer and the..well just repeat those titles as many times in the day as you can.

In Australia we met a cat I mentioned him in another post titled Happenstance.   His name is Patrick, he was an old male that had the power to startle a middle-aged heavily snoring male straight out of bed wondering and saying “what the hell was that?”.   He has since passed on but I won’t soon forget his roar.

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I’ve been using these weekly challenges to push me to write.  Thanks again,

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge .

Waypoints

Rusty, a 3-year-old male Irish Terrier marking his Denmark territory.  Waypoints on our walking routes, it you will.  I keep telling him he’s been there and that it’s his pee but he has so much energy he doesn’t mind being thorough.

Yup, I took a picture of his ‘waypoint’.

I can’t blame him though, I like going back to a favorite spot too.  I only ran him out of pee once.  He has what seems to be a 5 gallon tank.  He will mark 75 waypoints on a 30 minute walk.

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Now I haven’t been marking territory quite like Rusty but I have placed a few waypoints of my own.  Mostly because I don’t have the memory I used to.  In fact, I can’t remember ever having a good memory.  My wife, as some of you know, can remember what the weather was like on a certain day 17 years ago.

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Denmark was a black and white landscape that occasionally showed purple and violet.  I am grateful for the hospitality of the new friends we met there.  (Thanks Ib, Anne, and all the Denmark family)

Anyway, where was I?  Oh crap… Yes, I’ve marked major waypoints on this map link Gurr World Map Waypoints showing where we have been.  More stops to come!  The map is interactive so you can zoom in and around.  We started our trip going west from Portland.

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I’ll keep blogging.   Be sure to follow along.

For One

In my family we believe my wife’s mother is checking in on us when a beautiful sunset presents itself.   My wife will say in the softest voice,  “Grandma Nancy is checking in.  Take a look boys.“.

Nancy battled pancreatic cancer.  She passed in 2001 and has checked in with spectacular beauty as we travel the world.

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I think we can extend the ‘sunset’ time frame to include an extremely early sunrise.

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Tomorrow, April 1st, is her birthday and along with Easter and April Fools Day (Not to mention Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit) there is a lot going on.  4.1

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I told my wife years ago that we should celebrate each year and call it “For One”.  We will celebrate For One in the French country side this year by remembering her and telling/listening to stories.

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I want people who knew her to chime in with ideas of what Nancy would like her day to look like, sound like, and taste like.  What did she enjoy?  What would your ‘For One’ look like?

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Rise/Set

As a Chef Instructor and a turkey hunter I am very used to the early rise.  In last week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge/ Favorite Place I posted a number of good rises taken from one location.  I’ll still post a few rises for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Rise/set but I’ll try to focus on the sets.

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Ok, one more…

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Through the palms

And this…

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I do love chasing daylight and I’ll pull the boys out of bed at stupid early O’clock and look that rath right in the face to catch a good rise.

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It never occurred to me that I would take a photo of the solar eclipse projected on the shadow of my brimmed hat.  The midday sunset blew my mind.

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