Pizza & Salad Night. Sort Of… A Rice Noodle & Lobster Salad And Grilled Pizza With Lobster, Spinach and Feta
The last few weeks have been somewhat of a blur. A good blur. I wrapped up the shoot of the new Lodge Cast Iron book that should hit the shelves this Fall. Got to shoot the most amazing food for a Cooking Light book for 2014 and just started shooting a really hip and fun cookbook for Southern Living. Long days, gorgeous foods, awesome team and an empty brain at the end of the day are the perfect recipe to prevent me from being productive on the blog, ahah!
A little hibernation took place also. You see, after 8 months living in different cities, my husband finally brought the last load of his boxes and officially moved in a couple of weeks ago. And well, after months apart, albeit with a few visits here and there when our schedules permitted, I chose to spend time away from this page and fill it with "us" instead. We had plenty of things to do around Birmingham together that we had put on hold while we were apart. Our evenings were spent cooking dinner, having a glass of wine on the back deck and talking. Weekends were filled with short outings or longer road trips to discover our new state.
And then there was our 15th anniversary. Neither of us could believe it. Not that we were surprised we had been together this long. No, just the simple notion that it really does not feel like 15 years. We remember each year as if it had just happened. And the realization that, with these 15 years, our couple is all sorts of thing. Strange, hard to comprehend at times and for others, awesome, rocking. Serious, funny, unbalanced, observant. Quiet, musical, sonorous. Certainly not dull, conventional or lacking stories. A solid, rocking fifteen years of fun, struggles, and lots and love of love and communication to season it all.
We had a big party with our new friends, neighbors and old ones who made the drive to come celebrate with us. Kids running around, dogs chasing each other and adults taking part in a lovely evening of sangria and grilling on the back deck. We are very much looking forward to the next 15 years together with the people we love and the friends we make.
In between going out to new restaurants, pubs, events and hanging with friends for dinner, we both felt like a little clean-er or/and simpler eating was in order. Peaches made their appearance on many salads and were devoured au naturel or grilled for dessert. Tomatoes were sliced, cut, chopped and dressed in many various ways to steal the show of our dinners. And then there was these whole two giant lobsters left from a photo shoot that I had picked over and frozen with the hope of creating the perfect recipes for the sweet tender flesh of the lobster.
I settled on a super fresh salad with an Asian flair: big chunks of perfectly steamed lobster with ribbons of cucumbers and carrots and long threads of rice noodles, lots of mint, lime and chili for a little kick. The second recipe I wanted to try for the lobster was a grilled lobster pizza with plenty of spinach, feta, Vidalia onion. Since the lobster was already steamed, grilling the pizza dough and then layering the ingredients at the last minute on the crust kept the lobster meat tender and juicy. Paired with a little herb salad and a cold beverage and we had all the making to a lovely meal a deux.
Rice Noodle and Lobster Salad:
4 ounces uncooked rice
1 cup steamed lobster meat (use shrimp, crab, salmon if desired)
small handful matchstick-cut
2 green onion, matchstick-cut
1 cucumber, peeled into large
ribbon with a vegetable peeler
1 small red chili, sliced thin
mint (as little or as much as you
Dressing (recipe follows)
Prepare noodles according to package directions. Drain and let
cool to room temperature. Combine noodles, lobster, carrots, green onion, and cucumber
in a large bowl and toss well. Sprinkle with the sliced chili and mint. Drizzle
with the dressing as little or as much as you want and eat!
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
¼ cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together and drizzle over the salad.
Grilled Pizza with Spinach, Feta and Lobster:
Serves 2 to 4 (depending on the size of your appetite…!)
1/2 batch of my favorite pizza dough from 101 Cookbooks, here (make the 1/2 batch then save half the dough in the freezer for up to 3 month) if not gluten free
OR Jeanne’s recipe for gluten free grilled pizza dough here.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
zest of one lemon
10 oz fresh spinach, trimmed
200g feta, sliced
1 cup steamed lobster meat (use shrimp, crab, salmon if desired)
1 white onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, halved
Olive oil, for brushing
When the dough is ready to be rolled out. Roll it out to a 9
or 10-inch circle on a well flour dusted surface. Place it on an inverted
baking sheet dusted with a little flour too. Set aside, covered with a sheet of
plastic wrap until ready to use.
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add the
garlic, lemon zest and spinach and cook until the spinach is just wilted, about
Heat a barbecue to medium heat. Brush the pizza base with
oil and cook for 3 minutes. Turn, layer it with the spinach mixture, feta,
lobster and onion. Cook for another 3-5 minutes. Remove from the barbecue, sprinkle
with lemon juice and serve.
Content Director – Strong Female Leaders July 16, 2013 um 1:20 am
They both look delicious. Clean and healthy too.
SimplySandi July 16, 2013 um 1:20 am
Yum! I just grilled my first pizza last week! Lobster omen a pizza? Madness! Can't wait to try it
Tieghan July 16, 2013 um 3:04 am
I love all these recipes!! I just bought some lobster and cannot wait to make these! YUM!
Oh and congrats on 15 years. That is awesome!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com July 16, 2013 um 5:32 am
Happy Anniversary you guys!! 🙂
Liria July 16, 2013 um 6:24 am
I feel like eating that pizza right now and it's only breakfast time. I'll put it in my to do list.
ThisGirlBlogs July 16, 2013 um 8:52 am
Gorgeous photographs and lovely recipes. Love them! 🙂
Natalie July 16, 2013 um 11:14 am
I am interested to knnow if this pizza dough is something you eat, or do you make a gluten free version for yourself?
Beautiful photos and post once again. Thank you,
franglais Kitchen , Nazima July 16, 2013 um 11:27 am
Wow I love both these. The lobster Pizza is a new one to me and as for the rice noodle salad, what could be more perfect for a hot summers day
Christina July 16, 2013 um 11:44 am
Congratulations! It sounds like you had an amazing celebration. Gorgeous pictures, as usual.
PaulaW July 16, 2013 um 11:58 am
Congratulations on your 15 years together. I am lucky enough to be celebrating my 20th with my beloved this year. As you say, it doesn't seem that long. I supposed that happens when there is mutual love and respect for each other. I look forward your postings whenever you have the time for them.
Helene July 16, 2013 um 12:36 pm
Nathalie: you can use the gluten free recipe I provided for the pizza dough also.
Rocky Mountain Woman July 16, 2013 um 2:36 pm
congratulations on your anniversary! that lobster pizza looks absolutely perfect…
Colette (Coco) July 16, 2013 um 4:55 pm
What a sexy salad!
Anonymous July 16, 2013 um 5:07 pm
I've been wanting to try a grilled pizza for quite awhile. The idea of pizza with lobster sounds so decadent and yet simple. Such a great pairing.
[email protected] July 16, 2013 um 5:22 pm
Seem that you have very busy moment lately. Congratulate to your 15 years anniversary. I love the salad recipe very much, and thinking to try cellophane noodles in it and serve chilled, should be really good.:)
My Kitchen Stories. July 16, 2013 um 8:34 pm
What a treat to eat Lobster like this. Ah, summer
terri July 17, 2013 um 12:31 am
Congratulations on 15 years together–here's to 15 more, and 15 more after that, and…
Unknown July 17, 2013 um 1:22 am
Every photo you take is a work of art!
Mila July 17, 2013 um 10:06 am
Le tue foto sono sempre bellissime e riescono a lasciarmi a bocca aperta!!!
Alexis @ deliciousfoodideas July 17, 2013 um 11:21 am
Yum, this pizza looks amazing. Is there a better combination than feta and spinach?
Mariluz Piñeiro July 19, 2013 um 8:29 am
Deliciosa, irresistible y presentada con unas maravillosas fotografías. Enhorabuena!!!
Rach Kim July 22, 2013 um 2:08 pm
The lobster pizza looks amazing. I love lobster and am always looking for ways to eat it. Yum.
Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate July 24, 2013 um 2:55 am
Happy Anniversary! My husband and I have been married 29 yrs this Aug. and I can tell you that it just gets better! 10 children and 29 yrs later, I love him more than when we married!
Carole Kettmann July 24, 2013 um 8:38 am
😉 mmmmm will try as soon as possible!
Foodsworth July 25, 2013 um 5:47 pm
You are seriously making me too hungry right now…I shouldn't be reading this on a juice cleanse!
Katie Star July 25, 2013 um 6:52 pm
The salad looks amazing. That would go well with some ice cold white wine on a hot summer's day.
christophe August 31, 2013 um 11:24 pm
lovely contrasting colours. I like the fact there aren't too many ingredients to cloud the taste of the lobster.. looks elegant