Late last evening, while being kept awake by the firing of illegal fireworks in my community, I began contemplating how I was going to observe this July 4th holiday.
No family is coming to visit because of the pandemic. There are no parades, no large city fireworks displays for the same reason. Our local park which is usually packed with activities and events for at least a couple days, is going to be silent from all that! In many ways, other than those illegal fireworks outbursts, one wouldn’t know this holiday was here at all.
Late last night while contemplating all this, and what I could do to find some remnant of July 4th celebration in my soul, I contemplated what I would be eating today. It was too late to go grocery shopping. And, I certainly didn’t wish to navigate aisles which I suspected would be crowded today!
While perusing my freezer, I came across 4 lobster tails which were frozen solid together, nearly a single unit. There wasn’t any chance they were going to be comfortably untangled in their frozen state. I hauled them out to thaw for today. I had managed to procure these crustaceans at my local BelAir Grocery when they were on sale for about $5.00 each awhile back. They weigh approximately 5 oz. each.
I slept a little later than usual this morning (because of those illegal fireworks). But, when I woke, it was time to embrace this holiday head-on - Just me, and my two felines, Reuben and Camilla.
I decided to go ahead and broil up those 4 Lobster Tails, along with some marinated Brussels Sprouts, and Coconut Jasmine Rice. While those Lobsters weighed about 5 oz. each when purchased, once the shells are off, they only intimidate a waistline with half the weight. That isn’t counting the Lemon-Butter-Garlic Sauce, however!
By 10:45 AM, I had a lovely brunch put together. I looked around for something to drink. I don’t wish you folks to criticize me about my unsophisticated parings of drink to cuisine, but I pulled out a Dos Equis Amber! I like brews more than wine!
I’m known to be a lightweight drinker (cheap drunk) in my family. You’d be surprised at the glow-on I get with a single bottle of beer. However, it took a bottle and a half to wash down all the Lobsters, Coconut Rice and Brussels Sprouts. Even with a little help from Reuben and Camilla with the Lobsters.
Anyway, I’m relaxed, a little sleepy, and have no place to go, or things to do today! But, before my long nap, I want to wish all of you, a Very Happy 4th of July!
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