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lelabugosi

Oh yes.....that's for curtain..........certain.......

GLORY_B

Certain! I'm on holiday. I've got a lot of catching up to do!

lelabugosi

O Ascended-Descended One.....you have returned to guide us through these troubled times!......(does 'certan' mean certain....or curtain?)......

GLORY_B

Gosh Lela, you're as handsome as ever! You've got a certan glow about you!

Elfie

I believe you when you say it!!! Thanks Robbie!!

Robbiel

Yes Hanne, but we made a very rich stock and cooked it like a stew. It was delicious.

Elfie

I wonder if they were a special kind of snails or if the traditions for cooking them were just much better than the usual one. I must admit that your description is tempting, but there is a long way to Barcelona!! Thanks for the description, Robbie, the frog legs too, but they don't really tempt me. Anyway it was a fine solution you had on your problem with the missing fish!! You said alligator? Are they edible? Don't they taste fishy more than rabbitish??

juneshone

My son Karl has a Jamaican friend named Speedy, he says Karl is an ugly fish eater and that the English are afraid of their food because we don't eat the odd bits of animals that he does.

Robbiel

I agree that the best part is dipping bread in the sauce afterwards. However the local snails I had in the hills were tender, not rubbery. My taxi driver told me to eat like him. The snails were coated with herbs, olive oil and garlic then baked. You plopped the whole shell in your mouth, suck the herb mixture off then pluck the snail from the shell with a long wooden skewer and mix in your mouth with the herb mixture. It was exquisite!! I have not had an experience like that anywhere else, it was once in a lifetime. Most I have had were rubbery and as you say the sauce was the best. Frog legs have a flavour similar to alligator which to me tastes like a mixture of rabbit and fish. In fact many years ago I had people in for a fish fry, I didn't have enough fish so I defrosted a 5 lb box of frog legs, cut the little mosels off the bone and mixed with the fish. Coated and fried them and no-one knew the difference!!

juneshone

I ate squid once in batter because I thought it was an onion ring, what a disappointment

Elfie

I do agree so very much with all of it, but still wonder about those snails in the hills outside Barcelona. Could they be different - or are they still sauced rubber?? Squids are great as long as you just don't sit looking at a fine, well shaped sucking disc!!

pdevredis

Yes, it does--I love squid, despite the chewiness, because the flavor is great. I'm afraid snails unsauced would be like chewing rubber bands, and no more tasty.....

lelabugosi

Agree about the snails.....I've had them in spicy sauce, and it was the sauce itself that was lovely. The texture of snails reminds me of fried squid, but the squid has a lovely flavour of its own......

juneshone

now me I hate Garlic and I loath snails and butter is too high in Cholesterol, so I'm not even going there

pdevredis

That's what I've always wondered too, Hanne! I love the garlic butter, and I really think that that is all I eat them for--I've never dared taste one "naked", because the texture isn't the most pleasant, just as you said!

Elfie

Robbie actually!! Snails, we have had many in garlic and parsly butter, but DO the snails taste of anything except the things they are put into?? I don't think so, but I might be wrong, they are just lumps a bit like rubbergum, but I like the butter very much!! Can you TASTE the snails??

Robbiel

" To each his own!" Well said June and Hanne. Best snails in the hills outside Barcelona, best frogs legs were in Georges V restaurant in Paris. You're right, too expensive today.

juneshone

old guys love to suck out the fish eyes in Jamaica and in Britain to be properly prepared pheasant should be hung until it is dropping off the bone. Some people eat snails and frogs legs which cost a lot of money, chacun a son gout I always say

Elfie

Sympathetic magic!! - love it!! Thanks!! Just a warning: be careful with those specialities, I've lived in Greenland for 7 years and smelled some of them - actually not the worst but anyway - and I would be VERY, VERY careful really!! Just a piece of good advice! Why not ask somebody to take you sight seeing now that you are there? They've got some very spectacular things to see!!

lelabugosi

Yes, Hippolytus has a liking for fishy things.......

Robbiel

We used to eat fish eyes out of our Bermuda chowder, soft and gooey, not very appetizing today!! Thanks for getting us all down Lela.......Hi Jetsons, what's happening mates?! My smpoked salmon got a bit wet but I am so happy to go to Iceland with you. They have a delicacy called Hakarl which is Greenland or Basking Shark that has been cured by being buried in sand and pebbles for a few weeks then hung and dried (rotting!) and then eaten in strips or chunks. Apparently it has a strong ammonia and fishy smell and tastes worse!! Maybe Hipolytus should try it first Lela, see what happens! Yes I can swim a little bit calley!

lelabugosi

Ah, but to eat the eyes is good for the eyesight........(sympathetic magic)....

Elfie

AM I happy that I'm NEVER a guest of honour in Arabian areas, Varda!! And AM I happy that I haven't experienced the situation with the eye, Francine! I have an idea that my inside volcanos would protest very effectively!! Junee, you still DON'T have to!! Neither the rest of you - if you don't feel like it!! - do you??

Plumpossum

Someone I know was once the guest of honor at an Arabian feast. He was offered their finest delicacy - - sheep's eyes.

bookish

Hanne, some do. Someone once ate all of her fish and then asked to eat my discarded trout eyes, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Elfie

And the smell, Juneee, don't forget the smell! It's hard even for a short time!! By the way - I don't think you are supposed to EAT the eyes!!

juneshone

you are too kind, pointing out the places of interest. Same old same old iceberg to me. I'm cold and wet and sick of eating fish that's half raw and with heads and eyes on. I'm off to find a warm corner for a sleep, night all

lelabugosi

Yes, double-batter...you did!....
Hanne-with-pipe......The cigars are floating around in space....with Juneeee's wardrobe, and everything else in the uncleship......
david-many-numerals.......Also!....
Well, juneee-was-shining-now-wet.......it seems there is no pleasing you.....Look at that big iceberg!......

juneshone

trawling round Iceland with dead fish for companions fun, not. Please get me home in time for christmas as I am promised a lot of warm clothes, can't wait. All I have to parade around the deck in front of these hungry sailors is a diaphanous, ripped frock and strappy sandals. the fishermen keep having to hold my elbow, hey you I said my elbow! to steady me. I'd rather do battle with the giant octopus again than this load of old salts.

david06520

All's Well That Ends. As Well, Too!

Elfie

So sweet of you to think about it double-batter - but I'm SO sorry to hear that there was no welcoming commitee, but how could we know that you landed so suddenly, smoking your cigars, drinking your brandy or whatever it was? Have all the cigars become wet now??

twoclubs

She will need those gowns for her Christmas Season Societies Balls! (hmmm, did I say that???)

lelabugosi

thank you in advance, double-batter, for the popcorn - just so long as Bubba doesn't start sticking pieces in people's ears........I used one of Juneeee's many dresses, as her wardrobe is now floating around in space.......

twoclubs

Uh Oh!! Did you use Junee's dress to lure that trawler? Sink or Swim! Float or Bob! Do anything you can to get home now and for heaven's sake, give Junee a towel!! (By the way, I just ordered a huge Christmas tin of popcorn for everyone - caramel, butter, sea salt, etc.) Robbie you must feel right at home in the sea. Got Salt?

lelabugosi

cute-feline-off-the-street......Not sure.......he just floats, bobbing up and down!.....(he's still semi-inflated)....
bookie-person.......I'm sure we'll be back home....possibly...maybe.....with a bit of luck.....

bookish

Can't wait to find out tomorrow's episode.

calleycat2

Does Robbie know how to swim???

lelabugosi

This morning, following the tradition of the early Apollo missions, we undertook the tricky task of 'splashdown'.......the only problem being that our landing module was the chimney....which separated from the uncleship.....plummeted into the earth's atmosphere.......impacted on the sea......and promptly sank.......
After floating about for 5 hours, we were lucky enough to be picked up by a fishing trawler.........and are now on our way home......via Iceland.........
BTW, the Jetsons flew past us.......waving to the now-slightly-deflated-Bubba........