MS Kitchen Design Ideas

Oh! I love the segment on Kitchen featured on Martha Stewart’s website. If you were to ask me which part of the house I love to be in most, it would undoubtedly be the kitchen!

Alas, I do not have a place to call my own YET. Ken and I decided against buying an apartment since we were going to move to Boston for a while. Purchasing an apartment and having it while we were away would just add more problems to us and worries too. So, we decided to wait.

But I’m telling you, I can’t wait to get my new apartment. I told the man that he could decide on anything but the most important criteria that he should look into is the size of the kitchen. I want a relatively big kitchen so that I could work in it. The one that I have been staying in is good, slightly more than double the size of the kitchen that I’m having now in Boston. However, I’m also acutely aware that the kitchens in new flats are small. And surprisingly, I’m comfortable with the small kitchen I’m in now! =)

So, I’m browsing with great delight the kitchens featured on the website and they gave me ideas of what I want in my own kitchen! Coincidentally, we received the IKEA catalogue today and it’s always a joy to have it on hand!


I like these two, simple and uncluttered (both pics are taken from MS website). Go and take a look at more designs and learn some tips too!

 Green beans mixed with ground meat (Ingenno Hikiniku Itame) & fried chicken wing

Lobster tastes like Crab Meat & Potatoes taste like Chips

We’ve been wanting to try some lobster in Boston for some time now because everyone has been telling us about how ridiculously cheap it was.

It wasn’t really a craving or anything. Neither of us is crazy about lobster in particular or even seafood in general. We just thought we should give it a try since everyone has been recommending it so much.

However, we were reluctant to spend the 30+ USD or so just to try some lobster and decided to go down to Shaw’s to see if we could just buy some from the Supermart and cook it ourselves!

We went to Shaw’s yesterday and found live lobster!! And had no idea how to cook live lobster!!
So we saved that adventure for another day, ended up buying lobster chunks and headed home to prepare lobster rolls!

And that was what we had today for lunch. Lobster rolls and chips!
Even the chips are self made since we decided to buy some potatoes with the lobster rolls and fry them ourselves.

Hence the conclusion. Lobster tastes like crab meat and potatoes taste like chips.

Tonight we find out what chicken tastes like!

Lynn’s account is here.

Lobster rolls

“You must eat lobster when you are in Boston!” This was our mandate as issued by our friends when they knew that we were to go to the East Coast. “The lobsters are so cheap!”

On our wedding anniversary (just last week), we wanted to fill our stomach with lobster but didn’t know where to go and how much it would cost. After Ken googled, he basically commented that the locals buy the live lobsters and cooked them themselves. We decided to do the same and went to Shaw’s yesterday and saw the live ones. Erm…I don’t think I know how to dispatch it? I’ve seen how mom dealt with crabs and it was quite terrifying and I’m not sure I am up to it.

Ken then looked for alternatives and we saw those ready-to-eat lobster chunks. Ok. Those would do just fine and today we decided to spend time in the kitchen. Yes, both of us!


Ken was in charge of frying chips. Originally, I wanted to buy potatoes chips from the mart but he suggested doing them up ourselves. So, I cut the potatoes into thin slices and he did the frying. Following that were the lobster rolls! Easy! To make the sauce, you would need mayo, freshly squeezed lemon juice, mustard ( I love it), minced celery, fresh chives and spring onion, salt, ground black pepper and of course, the lobster chunks! Mix them up evenly and then store in the fridge (covered) for at least 1 to 24 hours.

Oh, for the hot dog rolls, it is preferable that we use New-England style meaning top-spilt, with pale sides.

I hope the hubs enjoyed his frying session ( I thought he did terrific!). The chips are seriously good! We would not be buying those in the stores any time now. =)


Lobster note (for reference): To dispatch a live lobster humanely before it’s dropped into boiling water, hold a sharp chef’s knife over the lobster’s head, right where there’s an “X” in the shell. Push the point of the knife rapidly all of the way down to the cutting board, then quickly push the length of the blade forward onto the board. Drop the lobster into a very large pot of boiling water and cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the shell is completely red. Remove the lobster from the pot and let cool. To remove the meat, twist off the tail from the body. Remove the claws by twisting them off. Pull off the flippers at the end of the shell with your fingers. Bend the lower, small pincer on the claw side to side and pull it away from the claw. With the back of a chef’s knife, crack the top side of the claw. Open the claw and pull out the meat. With kitchen shears, cut open the smaller pincer and arm sections and remove the meat from those also.

PHEW! I could almost imagine the scene when Julie encountered the lobsters too in Julie and Julia.
Note from Food Network Kitchens Cookbook.