At our own Guanahani Restaurant & Bar, the chef is a lady from South Africa, Jorika Mhende. Along her travels she’s put together an impressive repertoire of lobster recipes – so many, in fact, that you can order a different lobster dish every day of the week.
A little history
In the early 19th century canned lobster meat was cheaper than a can of backed beans – just US$0.11 and US$.053, respectively! People back then used to feed it to their cats, servants and prisoners simply because lobsters are bottom dwellers and considered, then, literally, at the bottom of the list to serve anyone you wanted to impress.
Chefs in the 1880’s realized that lobster meat tasted better when they cooked the animal alive instead of dead, as they had been doing. When the railroad extended from the American east coast to the west, the passengers were fed lobster because it was the cheapest food for the railroad owners to purchase.
But lobster soon became a culinary delight – In the USA lobster wasn’t rationed like other foods and so people of all classes began to eat it enthusiastically and discovered its delicious taste. By the 1950s, lobster was firmly established as a delicacy. It was the sort of thing girls from new-rich families ordered for their weddings, something that the Rockefellers served at their parties.
Lobster on Turks and Caicos
Lobster season in the Turks and Caicos is regulated by the government and is usually declared as of August 1st through to March 1st every year. During this time the locals and tourists go crazy for lobster dishes. Chef Mhende is happy to prepare a lobster for you anyway you want – broiled, baked, grilled, in garlic sauce, with lemon or cocktail sauce, in a stir fry or as a risotto.
Have no doubt that in whatever way you wish to have your lobster served; Chef Mhende will be able to whip it up. One of her recipes is for BBQ lobster tails that are, plainly put – lip-smackin’! Pair them with a side of fresh vegetables, the breath-taking view, a good bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and you’re good to go.
Don’t forget to keep your eyes on the horizon for the famous ‘green flash’. Remember if you see one, you get a free drink… the bartender will treat you to a free ‘Green Flash Shooter.’