This salad is a great make-ahead option for kitchen parties. The lemon, dill and sour cream add a gentle tartness to the dressing, which is then balanced by the sweetness of the lobster and corn.
Today kicks off Seafood Week. I'm taking a week long hiatus to get some projects done around the house. Which is basically code for "I'm going to spend a week watching everything humanly possible on Netflix while I lounge around in my jammies". While I'm
working hard around the house lounging around in jammies stuffing chocolate in my piehole at rapid speed, I asked some of my favourite bloggers to guest post for me. I'll be doing a second Seafood Week in April as well because I have lots of amazing friends who were willing to help a sistah out.
I had to kick off Seafood Week by inviting my favourite East Coast blogger to swing by to entertain you. If you don't know Movita Beaucoup you are in for a real treat today. Movita is wildly hilarious, and wickedly talented. She's also one of my favourite people in the entire world.
You may remember Movita from the guest post she did for me while I jotted off to Alberta a couple of years ago, she made an amazing Seafood Chowder. She also baked me the coolest Horsey Cake last year for my birthday bash. Movita is a legend, all who know her love her, those who know her well invite her to poke fun of them every chance they get. She's so damn good at it. I love this woman! Please welcome Movita Beaucoup!
Let me begin by saying that I was extremely flattered when you asked me to do a guest post for you. It’s always nice when someone trusts you enough to do all their work for them. But when you mentioned that you wanted a seafood recipe, it gave me claws for concern. I mean, you’re allergic to seafood! Which is weird, given that you keep insisting that you have East Coast genetics. I guess any fin is possible, but as someone born and raised in Nova Scotia - a bonafide Maritimer - I think I know a thing or two about spotting a fellow Bluenoser. And Kim? I don’t quite sea it.
First, I’ve never heard you mention kitchen parties. I’ve heard you mention Burning Down the Kitchen, but I can assure you, it’s a totally different thing. Kitchen parties are a favourite in these here parts, as the galley has always been a focal point of Maritime lifestyle. This cod be due, in part, to the fact that a good number of us have been banned from our local pubs.
Second, I doubt you’ve ever hosted a ceilidh. Ceilidhs are like kitchen parties, but people whip out fiddles, sing and get jiggy to traditional Celtic music. Throw in some drinking and storytelling? People reely come out of their shells.
Third, you don’t drink. To be fair, this would prevent the barfing that sometimes occurs at ceilidhs. But I guess imagining that we’d one day share a bottle of Keith’s was fishful thinking.
And finally, we have your seafood allergies. Just how allergic are you? I’d feel shellfish keeping this pasta salad to myself. Could you try some just for the halibut? This salad is a great make-ahead option for kitchen parties. The lemon, dill and sour cream add a gentle tartness to the dressing, which is then balanced by the sweetness of the lobster and corn. Unlike some pasta salads, it is not overly dressed or dripping with mayonnaise. The veggies in this little song make it a lighter, fresher option for breezy days by the ocean. It is terribly easy to make - even if recovering from one rager of a ceilidh. It is lovely as a main, alongside your favourite meal, or as a mug-up before bed.
Yes, you could argue that one need not reinvent the whale, or that including lobster in a recipe is just a pathetic attempt at fishing for compliments, but I think this pasta salad could help people get in tuna with their Maritime side.
Truth be told, friend, maybe you are a Maritimer deep down in your sole. Heck, half of the stereotypes I’ve mentioned aren’t true anyway. Not all Maritimers are hard-drinking fishermen, nor are we birthed playing the fiddle. But if the best of the stereotypes are true - that we are some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, that our fondness for the ocean runs deep, that we love to tell tall tales, and that we like our time spent in the kitchen best - I think you’d fit right in.
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Lobster Pasta Salad
- 1 pound fusilli or other small pasta
- ½ cup light sour cream
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ⅓ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
- 2 large garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon mustard powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups cooked chopped lobster meat
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 cup diced tomato
- 1 small bunch green onion chopped (approximately ⅓ cup)
- Mise en place - begin by getting organized. Read through the entire recipe before beginning. Measure out all of your ingredients.
- Cook pasta according to package instructions, then drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process and cool the pasta. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
- Combine the sour cream, olive oil, lemon juice, mayonnaise, dill, garlic, pepper, mustard powder and salt in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
- Add the lobster, corn, tomato and onion to the pasta. Gently stir in the sour cream mixture until well combined.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Thank you so much to Movita for swimming by today. I laughed, I cried, I snorted pepsi out of my nose. I even wore my lobster jammies in Movita's honour today. The perfect kick off for Seafood Week.
One more to ensure I fully embarrass myself:
I wish I could find the baby photo of me with my stuffed lobster. Proof positive my pops was a tried and true maritimer. Most little girls had stuffed bears, or dolls, I had a stuffed lobster. Figures I'd grow up to be allergic. That's a cautionary tale folks. Never buy your kid a stuffed lobster.
Make sure you swim over to Movita Beaucoup's, while you're there follow her blog. Then stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
Tune in tomorrow for more Seafood Fun.
Toodles and smoochies! xx
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
I love Rachael to bits. She's so clever and funny and with her, you know where you stand.
Aren't you lucky to have someone with her talents do all your work for you? I LOL'd on that one.
I'm only a Mainer so her lobstah is definitely better. 🙂
I knew Rachael would bring her a-game. I still laugh over her last guest post. She never ceases to make me howl with laughter. I swear I'm a genius. I get to sit with my feet up all week while all my friends work their butts off. Evil genius, but genius none-the-less. Ha.
Every time I see lobster I wish I could eat it. I keep hoping some miracle will happen and I'll be able to eat shellfish. Sucks to not be able to.
Seriously funny post. And great recipe! Thanks.
Movita is a hoot and a half.
I love that you have invited fellow bloggers to share seafood recipes since you don't normally make them, Kim. You are so smart! Movita, as usual, both cracks me up and makes my mouth water with her wit and recipe, respectively. Wahoo!
She's very, very smart, Stacy. Ten bucks says Kim is lounging in her pjs, watching Who's The Boss, and eating a box full of Turtles right now! (At least, that's what I've directed her to do…)
Ha, now why didn't I buy Turtles before my time off. Damn me.
Stacy I am pure genius I tell you. I got to sit with my feet up while everyone worked their tails off. SO nice of me. I'm a giver.
What a gorgeous pasta salad!!! Beautiful....enjoy your week off!
Thanks Samantha. I had a good week.
Anne @ Webicurean
Next time I'm on the hook for a kitchen party, I'll lure folks in with this salad. Not to worry, though, I won't bait them with fish puns, lest I wish to make a bass of myself! 😉
I may have peed my pants reading this comment.
I'm not entirely convinced that those photos weren't staged with actors...
Ha, I can't stop laughing. It took me hours to photoshop myself in those.
Thank you so very much for this Rachael. I adore you. xx
mellissa @ ibreatheimhungry
I'll always be grateful to you Kim for introducing me to Rachael and her hilarious blog in your Burning Down the Kitchen interview! This is another great post - she always brings the funny and the delicious, just like you! Maybe we can talk her into meeting us in Miami for Blogher Food! That would be the BEST.DAY.EVER!
I've already told Kim: if you can convince Justin Timberlake to pay for my plane ticket, I'm there!
I bet if we sent him that photo of you in your swimsuit he'd totally jump at the chance to pay for it.
I totally wish she would come. We'd have a blast.
Christiane - Taking On Magazines
Okay, I'll embarrass myself and admit that I wrote Kim a quick note about the 'spell check snafu' I saw when pause was claws. Then I read on and started chuckling. It's very good to meet you, Rachael. Thanks for an entertaining read and a gorgeous, delicious-looking salad.
I appreciate anyone who appreciates good grammar, Christiane. Keep up the good work.
Right. It's so freaking important.
Ha, Movita has the gift for puns. Among so many other gifts.
I didn't snort Pepsi, but tea! Amazing pasta; hilarious Movita!!!
Ha, glad I'm not the only one. xx
Whoa whoa whoa... "favourite East Coast blogger" Ooooh Movita, we are going to have a battle royale up in here. I mean, you are amazing with your cakes and epic gingerbread houses and amazing dance moves, but I have a serious bit of jealousy happening right now. I'm grabbing my tutu and going home!
Love the lobsa salad, dolls!
I'm pretty sure Kim meant: favourite Haligonian blogger. Not to be confused with: hooligan blogger.
Dying, just dying right now. xx
Ha, okay let's clear this up with a good old fashioned arm wrestle. Winner gets my eternal love. Okay seriously, Movita is my fave Canuck-east coast. You are my fave American-east coast. Whew. Crisis averted, although seeing you two arm wrestle would make for some good times.
Isabelle @ Crumb
Aaargh. I bought my 3 yr old nephew a stuffed lobster for Christmas. A really freakin' huge one that's nearly as big as he is. It took him two days to stop being afraid of the thing. (He's growing up as a Rhode Islander. I couldn't pass up the chance to get him his first lobstah.)
Serves me right if he grows up allergic to seafood, I guess. On the bright side, that means more lobster for me, though... so maybe this is actually a really genius plan on my part. I love me some lobster.
He's doomed Izz, clearly, seriously doomed. Sorry. Hate to be the bearer of bad news.
Choc Chip Uru
I was dying reading tis post, both from craving the salad and laughing 😀
People thought I was going crazy on the bus!
Choc Chip Uru
Ha, I can just picture it. I am so glad Movita could embarrass you thoroughly before classes. xx
Abbe@This is How I Cook
Awww. I'just clammed up and am out of words.
I just peed my pants.
shannon @ a periodic table
you're going to do a whole WEEK of delicious seafood?! BUT I AM LANDLOCKED! not that i couldn't get lobster, but i mean, it just wouldn't be the same. maybe i should come hang out with you and Neflix it up. I'm not getting any work done anyway. 🙂 We could make this!
You should totally fly in for my next round of lounging about. It's coming up fast. I could use someone to fetch me snacks and pepsi. Okay, I would never make you do that. But if you're offering...
Movita mentioned pictures of you fishing. I couldn't resist stopping by just to see these pictures. Look at you, all hook and string. Love it! Love this salad, too. Yum! Have fun in your jammies watching movies and eating chocolate. It sounds like a good deal.
I am nothing if not a jungle woman. I can catch 'em, prep 'em, and cook 'em over a fire I make myself. Multi talented kind of gal. I do prefer The Ritz these days though.
I had a great week off. SO much fun lounging around on my behind.
This post made me giggle and laugh out loud. Movita, I love the looks of this lobster pasta salad. I don't get nearly enough lobster but a party like that sounds like a blast! I love get togethers. I hope I find myself in the midst of one some day.
Kim, thank you for having Movita guest post for you today. And I am so happy that I never gave Tay a stuffed lobster!
I am so happy you got to giggle. Movita has that effect on people.
I had a great week. And yeah, never buy babies stuffed lobsters.
Nancy @ gottagetbaked
Two of my favourite Canadian bloggers & all-around ladies in one post! I love this! Movita is straight up brilliant. She had me laughing so hard over all the clever word play. And lobster pasta salad is my new favourite food. More lobster please! I might have to fly myself out to the Maritimes just so I can eat all of the glorious seafood!
Come on over, girlie! There's a kitchen party waiting for you...
We should all just show up on her doorstep. Let the party begin.
the photos are lovely, kim, and that salad sounds amazing!!!
All the credit goes to Miss Movita. She is seriously talented.
Choc Chip Uru
Gorgeous looking salad, I love how the lobster takes up the class factor 😀
Choc Chip Uru
It really does right. It elevates any dish.
she should be a writer for will & grace, 10 years ago - pun queen! love it!
Ha, I know right.