Simple Food, Simple Memories

The Brown's at Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound in Seabrook, NH
The Brown's at Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound in Seabrook, NH

Today I accompanied my family on some errands, the most notable being getting a new computer for my sister before school starts.  There is no better way to end a morning of errands than having a meal together at a place we used to frequent during the summer many years ago.

We first started going to Brown’s Seabrook Lobster Pound in Seabrook, NH probably because of it’s name, but also because of its simple yet delicious seafood. My family stopped here many years ago and made many return visits during my childhood. We used to go when my cousins visited from Honduras during the summer and order fresh seafood and then run across the street to eat ice cream when we were done. These were fun memories and times everyone enjoyed.

The restaurant was only 30 minutes from the mall we were at, so we decided to make the trip. At times the traffic was bad, with vacationers heading north to enjoy the beaches of New Hampshire and Maine. We remained resolute and made it to the restaurant stomachs yearning.

Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound of Seabrook, NH
Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound of Seabrook, NH

Orders were placed at the counter. My sister and father ordered lobster, fresh out of the in-house lobster tanks.

Lobster Tank at Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound, Seabrook, NH
Lobster Tank at Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound, Seabrook, NH

My mother and I ordered lobster bisque. She also had a lobster roll and I had a clam roll. Everything was well worth the wait and just as good as memory indicated it would be.

Clam Roll and Lobseter Bisque at Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound, Seabrook, NH
Clam Roll and Lobseter Bisque at Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound, Seabrook, NH

The simple food and establishment brought back memories of my childhood, enjoying hot summer days eating and spending time with family. I’m glad we made the trek north together as summer comes to an end and hope we can enjoy some more outings together soon.

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Celebration

My cousin Gladys just graduated from college today, on Mother’s day. If there is one thing unique to humans, is that celebrations often follow major life events and achievements or are held to honor those special people in your life. These celebrations often include the sharing of food either at a home or at a restaurant. Accompanied by family and close friends my cousin celebrated her graduation while our mother’s celebrated Mother’s day. They chose Davio’s, a northern Italian steakhouse in Boston and one started by a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, the school I took my Back to Basics intro class at and where I am considering enrolling in for more formal study.

A great thing about eating at a restaurant is taking note of how the Chef’s creations are put together on a plate to be eaten.  Food presentation has a lot to do with the overall experience of eating and I was able to take a few pictures of some interesting dishes that I enjoyed.

My Dinner:

Roasted Tomato Soup
Roasted Tomato Soup
Flank Steak
Flank Steak

Sampled Delicious Meals:

Foie Gras
Foie Gras
Pan Seared Scallops
Pan Seared Scallops
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The Importance of Being Precise

Tomorrow is my cousin’s college graduation. I have family in town and I’m looking forward to seeing them. Getting up for any major event and getting everyone coordinated is always a challenge, let alone getting everyone fed and out the door on time. Banana bread is something I’ve wanted to make for a while and something told me that the overripe bananas would be headed to the trash soon if I did not put them to good use.

I found some recipes online, and given the fact that I had not made banana bread before, went for a recipe with a lot of comments from site visitors.

Bananas are not as uniform is size as some other fruits. I happened to have some smaller ones that weren’t quite enough for the recipe. I opted to proceed forward anyway knowing that I could learn from my mistakes if any. I got out my ingredients and pre-heated the oven.

My First Banana Bread: Ingredients
My First Banana Bread: Ingredients

As the recipe instructed, I combined my dry ingredients in one bowl and attempted to cream my wet ingredients together with a hand mixer. This was the first time I had used my stand mixer even though I bought it 4 years ago when I moved into my apt, another reminder that cooking has only recently become a big part of my life. The hand mixer created quite a mess. Even on the lowest setting, my wet ingredients went everywhere. I definitely am saving up for a stand mixer.

My First Banana Bread: The Dry Stuff
My First Banana Bread: The Dry Stuff
My First Banana Bread: The Wet Stuff
My First Banana Bread: The Wet Stuff

Once the wet ingredients were fairly mixed together, I folded them into my dry ingredients. The batter was not as moist as I thought it would be and I started to wonder if I should add more liquid of some sort to compensate for my lack of bananas. I opted to not alter the recipe since I would have nothing to compare my results to if I made it again.

My First Banana Bread: All Mixed Up
My First Banana Bread: All Mixed Up

After everything was combined, I placed my batter into my bread tin and smoothed it out with my spoon.

My First Banana Bread: In The Bread Pan
My First Banana Bread: In The Bread Pan

The recipe called for 60 to 65 minutes of baking time, so I set my timer and hoped for the best. At 60 minutes, I used a knife to check if the bread was ready and fully cooked through and decided to pull it out of the oven and place it on a cooling rack.

My First Banana Bread: Baked
My First Banana Bread: Baked

I sliced the bread immediately and once cool, placed it into plastic bags for transport. It tasted really good, but think it could have benefited from some more moisture. Baking is supposed to be precise and I’ll be sure to measure my ingredients the next time around.

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