Saturday, February 5, 2011

Winter Break in Belize Part 1: Lobster.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I think these pictures add up to 10,000 at least, especially in the cold wintery weather that we are currently experiencing here in Indiana. My winter break was spent in Belize: at home on the farm and also in the village of Placencia, a fishing community turned tourist zone located on a peninsual of pure sand. These are the pictures of Placencia. Its a pretty sort of place, and not coincidentally, where I will be doing my dissertation research starting (if all goes according to plan) the middle of this upcoming autumn.

Placencia was once one of the biggest fishing villages in Belize, and is known for spiny lobster, the Caribbean cousin of the large clawed animals some of you may be more familiar with. These pictures tell the tale of a lobster fishing expedition that I went on in December. We got a couple conch and a big crab as well. 

Cleaning lobster is best done on the beach. The limes provide a great cleanser for the hands afterwards and keep the lobster sprightly til you get them in the freezer or cook them.

Mark made lobster stew. Lets just say, it was fantastic. Chopped up lobster, cleaned heads and all, sauteed in coconut oil with onion, sweet pepper and a panopoly of seasonings, including soy sauce, cumin, recado and fresh thyme and finished off with fresh coconut milk and cilantro.

A couple leftover cooked lobster tails=lobster tacos for lunch! Sauteed in butter with the ubiquitous onion and sweet pepper (the vegetable back-bone of Belizean Creole cooking), and served in fresh corn tortillas from the tortilleria down the street, topped with homemade pepper sauce, these were absolutely delicious!


Hamanda said...

Lobster stew sounds awesome! Why didn't you post a picture of the stew? I guess it's so good that you ate it up before taking pictures!

I wonder how local spiny lobster is taken by tourists. Is lobster one of the tourist attractions, like the lobster in Maine?

Lyra said...

I did actually eat it before I took a picture. Didn't think to take a picture! Tourists love spiny lobster, it is very expensive if you buy it on the market for that reason, that is why we catch our own.

Cursuri Cosmetica said...

I really don’t like how the lobster looks when it’s alive, but I definitely like it when it’s cooked. So I’m sure I would have loved a stew like that, just as long as I don’t see the lobster in the before cooking period.

WizzyTheStick said...

I have a bag of this kind of lobster in my freezer right now. Planning on cooking it tomorrow. Of course fresh like you have shown is always best.

Lyra said...

I love lobster. I still need to learn how to catch them (hook them) with a hook stick like people do in Placencia. My ears always have trouble clearing when diving down to the coral heads, and so far that has prevented me from really being able to hook lobster.