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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 8:40 pm    Post subject: Snails...  Reply with quote    

Well, it's traditional British 'drought' weather outside. Yep, it's been raining for the last month so the garden's looking lush and the snails are looking plump. We also have some spare salad so, in the voice of Alexander Armstrong, "Sixteen of you, some old lettuce and some fresh garlic, I make that Escargot o'clock".

I think I'll give the plump little veg nibblers another try this year, anyone else wish to join me in the annual Downsizer snail eating challenge? All you need is some plump garden snails that you can be sure have never eaten or had access to slug pellets, some spare lettuce to purge then little critters on for about a week, a bit of courage and, most importantly, some decent recipes!

If anyone's interested there are some more details here: http://forum.downsizer.net/about3621.html but I thought we'd start a new slime trail, sorry, thread, for the new members.

2steps



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have been thinking about this on and off for a while but can't decide whether I want to or not my daughter loves snails, I think she might object

saffranne



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i know that we have put them in flour before to get rid of all the slimy stuff,then a good wash under the cold water tap then stuff with garlic and fine herbes and eaten hot

saffranne



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

make that garlic butter and fine herbes,really yummy

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not for me, Thanks TD

.... and I live in France, The snail eating capital of the world?

They are just too damned disgusting to eat

S

nettie



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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 06 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Naaaah Simon, those big fat fellers are luvverly. Go on, you know you want to.

I've not seen any big enough here. Must be the gravel paths I've got all around the garden - must put them off!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

saffranne wrote:
i know that we have put them in flour before to get rid of all the slimy stuff,then a good wash under the cold water tap then stuff with garlic and fine herbes and eaten hot


I must admit it was the slime that put me off when I last tried them so I'll try your suggestion with the flour. How do you cook yours, baked with the garlic butter and fine 'erbs?

cab



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I like them blanched, chopped, and cooked in risotto with wild mushrooms. Lovely. And less chewy.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

im busy but i will be back
mine are in a crockpot in the bath (coolest place )with lettuce and apple .the damp potting compost is improved by them living on it for a few days .
big yum

cab



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nettie wrote:

I've not seen any big enough here. Must be the gravel paths I've got all around the garden - must put them off!


I'll have to send you a batch down some time. Got shedloads of the little darlings here. I'm forever crushing them on pallet on the side of the compost heap for birds to eat.

saffranne



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yes it is baked in a hot oven,until cook basically,and the butter sizzling away with a garnish of watercress and a baguette to wipe away the garlic butter

judith



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

saffranne wrote:
yes it is baked in a hot oven,until cook basically,and the butter sizzling away with a garnish of watercress and a baguette to wipe away the garlic butter


Could I just have that without the snails, please

JB



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are all snails edible or should there be a particular variety I'm looking out for? (or avoiding?)

NB I'm asking this in a spirit of intellectual curiosity because while I'll normally eat anything I find snails so icky to deal with that I'd doubt I'd get past the harvesting stage, and I'd definitely not get the OH to try them.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JB wrote:
Are all snails edible


Well I wouldn't try eating one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_snail

JB



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
JB wrote:
Are all snails edible


Well I wouldn't try eating one of these:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cone_snail




Though, soggy as the garden is I doubt I'm going to find coral dwelling marine snails.

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