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Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 05 7:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

well I don't know if you should cook 'em

I think I heard of 'em being grilled a while ago but I wouldn't eat the ruddy things raw or cooked to be honest

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 05 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No sign of mine, yet, Simon.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 05 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
No sign of mine, yet, Simon.


That's the problem with snail mail.

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 05 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hehe...They have nearly crawled as far as Paris!!

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 05 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
Hehe...They have nearly crawled as far as Paris!!


I ruddy well hope not ... I booked them on the Caen to Portsmouth ferry!


Lloyd



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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 05 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Got the snails today, thanks, Simon!

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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 05 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Unfortunately something raided my bucket of snails yesterday so I'll not be able to try them this weekend. Not sure if we have a weightlifting thrush or if it was a fox (I assume they'll eat snails). I'll collect some more for next weekend and tie down the cover this time.

(Queue comments of you should have used a proper rifle on 'em ya idiot. Mind you, I think I could just about manage the lead needed to shoot a snail at full speed ).

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 05 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Two observations:

1) My snails don't seem to want to eat the lettuce I've given 'em. Typical, they only want to eat it growing in the garden.
2) Two of my little dinner guests are mating Have they no shame.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 05 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
2) Two of my little dinner guests are mating Have they no shame.


You're not going to post a photo are you?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 05 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
Treacodactyl wrote:
2) Two of my little dinner guests are mating Have they no shame.


You're not going to post a photo are you?


I think Bugs 'n I will save up all those sort of potos for an article.

thos



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 05 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There was an interesting bit in 'Notre Jardin' this month on the Burgundy snail 'Escargot de Bourgogne'.

In Wallonie, they may only be captured between 1 August and 30 September. However, teachers (unsure whether that means biology or domestic science) may catch no more than ten between 15 May and 15 June.

Andrea



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 05 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
Any one else fancy a go?


Better late than never, reckon I'll start saving them tomorrow.

The thought of actually eating them really does make me feel quite queasy but I'm forever telling little'un not to say he doesn't like something till he's tried it so I reckon I ought to at least give it a go.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 05 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well tonight was the night. The little dinner guests have had 10 days purging themselves with lettuce (interestingly they didn't eat the shop stuff but loved home grown).

I placed them into boiling water for 4 minutes and then removed from their shells. I then added the homeless ones to a small risotto with some garlic.

I tried them, but, well, erm, they were, well. Taste wise, they were fine but they were still very, very slimy. I'm sure I can still feel 'em.

Anyway I can make them less slimy or will they only be an emergency food?

PS, photos to follow over the weekend.

Lloyd



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 05 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Boiling in brine for two hours is recommended by Epicurious.com, as is baking for five minutes at 450 degrees. Coverring with grated cheese which melts over them also deslimes.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 05 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Two hours, would they be worth the fuel? Yet another reason for a wood stove.

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