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Started by: priscus (inactive)

I have not eaten them in France, but I have had them, unwittingly, in Hong Kong.

Was out to Dim Sum with a Chinese friend, who only told me what I had been eating after the event.

Did not find them in any way revolting, just a little rubbery!

As a Dim Sum item, they were deep-fried in a batter. I guess this is different from the French concoction cooked with garlic.

Isn't it odd, what we eat/don't eat according to which side of a twenty mile strip of water we live.

Started: 16th Apr 2017 at 19:58

Posted by: britboy (6794)

I had snails in Paris, they were cooked in a round ovenwear pottery pot with five two inch deep wells. A snail in each well and topped up with a garlic sauce then into oven.
Sounded appetizing until I started eating them, it was like eating pieces of car tyre, very chewy.
Took me over a hour to chew my way through five

Replied: 16th Apr 2017 at 20:50

Posted by: momac (11475) 

Yuk yuk and double yuk..of all the thiings.on the planet,why on earth would
anyone want to eat a snail for goodness sake???

Replied: 16th Apr 2017 at 22:23

Posted by: britboy (6794)

I alway promised myself that if something edible was on offer, I would at least try it once and not say that I don't like the look of that so I'm not eating it.
I think any food needs tasting once and if you don't like it then you don't get it again.

I have eaten some wonderful sausage in France, after the meal I asked what the ingredients were, the cook said "finely minced sheep testicals", definately didn't put me off and would have them again anytime

BTW I won't be eating any more snails.

Replied: 17th Apr 2017 at 03:31

Posted by: kathpressey (5253) 

it's a shame people don't eat slugs because I have a garden full every summer. i could make a killing with a stall on the front garden.

Replied: 17th Apr 2017 at 08:46

Posted by: momac (11475) 

I could set up a business with you Kath, and chuck mine in with yours.

Replied: 17th Apr 2017 at 09:02

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

I guess we all draw the line somewhere. For me, it was 'Civet' Coffee!

Replied: 17th Apr 2017 at 09:57

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Not found any good solution for slugs in the garden.

Nemaslug works, but is expensive.

Hedgehogs eat them, and I have a couple of hedgehog houses that sometimes gets an overwintering animal, but their wide range, both of territory and diet leaves very little reduction in slug numbers.

Slug Pubs catch prodigious numbers, but seem not to noticeably diminish the population.

Flash-light and a pointed stick on moist summer nights seems to be favourite.

Replied: 17th Apr 2017 at 14:35

Posted by: ayrefield (4465)

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his chef on River Cottage once tried recipes using garden slugs, they were deemed to be inedible, even his chickens wouldn't eat the results.

I tried Okra once - never again, I imagined slugs tasting like them, all slimy.

Replied: 17th Apr 2017 at 15:23

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Yes, it is disappointing if you use it in normal way as green veg. OK in Stews, and good in veg curry, like the Indians use it. (Lady's Fingers) or Cajun cuisine - Filé Gumbo.

Replied: 17th Apr 2017 at 16:58

 

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