Serves 24
2 tbsp (30 ml) warm water, about 110 F (43 C)
1½ tsp (7 ml) granulated sugar
1 tsp (5 ml) active dry yeast
1 large egg white
¼ cup + 2 tbsp (90 ml) fine cornmeal
½ cup (125 ml) all-purpose flour
¼ tsp (1 ml) fine sea salt, plus extra for seasoning
½ cup (125 ml) warm milk, about 110 F (43 C), plus extra if needed
1 tbsp (15 ml) unsalted butter, melted
2 avocados
1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh lemon juice
4 radishes, trimmed
3 or 4 small, cooked lobster tails, meat sliced into rounds
fresh chives, cut into 1-in (2.5 cm) lengths, for garnish


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together water, sugar and yeast. Let stand, allowing yeast to bloom, about 8 to 10 minutes. If mixture does not become foamy and frothy, yeast is inactive and you need to repeat step with a new pack.
  2. While yeast is blooming, whisk egg white until soft peaks form.
  3. To yeast mixture add cornmeal, flour, salt, warm milk, butter and whipped egg white. Whisk until well combined. Cover batter with a kitchen towel and set aside for 90 minutes. Once batter has rested it should be consistency of pancake batter. If too thick, whisk in more milk, 1 tbsp (15 ml) at a time.
  4. Preheat a non-stick frying pan or cast iron frying pan over medium heat. Working in batches, dollop a rounded tsp (5 ml) of blini batter into pan leaving 2-in (5 cm) between each blini. Cook until bubbles break surface of blini, about 1 to 2 minutes, before turning over and continuing to cook another minute. Transfer blini to a plate and continue cooking remaining batter.
  5. When ready to assemble, mash avocados in a medium bowl, along with lemon juice, until a creamy mixture is achieved. Season to taste with salt. Thinly slice radishes using a mandoline or a sharp knife.
  6. Plate blini on a serving platter before topping with a dollop of avocado cream, a couple radish slices, a piece of lobster and a chive garnish. Serve immediately.
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