Friday, May 02, 2014

Friday Question: Snails, Anyone?

Today I'm resting in the movie room with a sore throat, watching Lucy.  Which brings us to Friday's Question.

Have you ever eaten snails?  If not, would you?

Me?  I dunno.  I would want to, but given the opportunity, I'm not sure I'd be able to do it.  Maybe if they weren't in a shell, and looking up at me.  Maybe if they were chopped.

Just not sure.  How about you?

PS: I love when Lucy says, "Waiter. This food has snails in it."  And then puts that thing on her nose.  See below.

I've seen it a million times, I still bust out laughing.


48 comments:

  1. As I sit here hungry, I would have to say yes I would eat a snail - known as escargot. See, the French have a way of making anything seem edible. Time to go have me some eggs. Nice post. Cheers!!

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    1. Yes, I know escargot. But a snail is a snail. Call it whatever fancy word you wish, it comes from my garden. Which doesn't bother me. It's the little eyes looking back.

      I think if they were chopped up, I'd be okay.

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    2. Snail dishes don't really look like live snails. They look like a shell with some meat and sauce in them.

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    3. The pictures I've seen so far, just showed me their little heads. But I've never ordered them so I'll take your word for it.

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    4. I only eaten them a handful of time either they looked like this.
      http://images.media-allrecipes.com/userphotos/250x250/00/64/90/649023.jpg

      or like this

      http://thechubbycook.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/escargot.jpg

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    5. That's pretty good. I don't see anything there. This is a fear food for me that I want to get past and give it a go.

      Even if only once and with my eyes closed.

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    6. If any help remember they are soft body invertebrates so any appendages you see when they are alive is probably destroyed by the cooking process

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  2. They are a lot of work for what you get. The taste depends on the sauce or how they are cooked. The snail itself provides the texture of the food.

    Pretty much the same issues that arise with mushrooms. If you don' t like the feel of mushrooms in your mouth, it doesn't matter how good the taste of the sauce or what they are cooked in is.

    For me my reaction to eating snails was meh. The same feeling I get when eating oysters or scallops. On the other hand I really like Mushrooms, and clam strips.

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    1. Thanks Rob. Great answer.

      And I love clams and mushrooms. Taste and texture. But it's getting past their little faces looking at me. I think in the right sauce and chopped, I could do it.

      But looking up at me ... not sure.

      I also want to try sardines but again, the heads. I dunno. I dunno.

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by. You guys have a great weekend and boogie boogie.

      PS: I started using coconut oil in my chocolate chip cookies. So fluffy.

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  3. I've eaten snails, but for the price you pay at a restaurant. it's not worth it. Sardines on toast was a staple in our home and I'm sure if you look on the internet you'll find recipes you'd like. But you haven't really lived until you've eaten thistles.

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    1. I bought Sardines for the pups to write my own recipe for a treat for them. So I figure when I write that up, I'll give it a taste.

      On toast, eh? Warmed up sardines or cold?

      Never ate thistles that I know of.

      Fun to try new things. Oxtail is something I want to try but it not a fear food for me. Just something that I'm curious about.

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne.

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  4. I've eaten snails once when I was a chef, chewy snot!

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    1. Chewy snot. Haha.

      I wonder if it were called chewy snot on the menu, how many would order it. Probably be a big hit with the kiddos.

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  5. I've had many opportunities to eat snails in restaurants but have never had the nerve. I understand they're quite chewy. But I've eaten frogs legs!

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    1. a little chewy yes but not too much !
      in fact, the preparation is very important and the snails in the restaurants are not the better ones !

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    2. How were the frog legs, Debra? I would like trying those.

      Sam: When I eat clams, I notice the ones I make at home are less chewy than canned or what they are like when I have had them out.

      Thanks for your comments. It is very cool that you have eaten so many neat foods.

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  6. I've never eaten snails and never would. Ewwww !

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  7. I've never eaten snails, frogs, lobster, crab, shrimps, salmon, most of the sea fish, steak, oysters, venison, turkey... the list is so long....

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    1. Have you ever eaten any animals?

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    2. chicken and pigs before my 20th birthday, but even that only a few times a month because we were poor

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  8. Easy question: Yes !
    We, Frenchies, eat snails, frogs (just the legs!), oysters, "foie gras" etc...and we like ! (I like !)

    For the snails, it's something different when it's in the plate : a lot of preparation, cleaning, sauce etc.. so they don't look like snails on the table .... except the shells !

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    1. Can they be taken out of the shells, then cooked in a sauce? I would like to try frog legs and also rattlesnake.

      Is there something you want to try but haven't yet? Sardines are in my list.

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    2. In my region, there's a recipe with snails without shells cooked in a wine sauce: delicious !
      Sardines are common here : cooked on the BBQ, it's delicious (with potatoes and salt butter!)
      In oil, it's wonderful too !

      I don't know if I would like to try something ... maybe snakes ?
      I've never eat caviare but I'm not interested ...

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    3. BBQ? That's interesting. Tim just left to get propane for our grill. And potatoes with butter and salt, love that combo.

      If someone gave me the snails in a sauce, not in a shell, I think that would be easier. I have a feeling that I'll like them, once I'm not afraid of them.

      Tim has eaten rattlesnake and said it was very good. That's on my to try list too.

      Fish eggs, I've not had either.

      Thanks for playing Sam. This is a fun Friday Question.

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  9. My husband has eaten snails (we were on a cruise). They just looked like mushrooms to me, but I wouldn't eat one (I'm not all that crazy about mushrooms). I didn't see any eyes staring back up at him, either. In fact, I never even THOUGHT about that until now. Thanks for that, by the way! :)

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    1. Did he like the taste?

      Is there any food you want to try but haven't?

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  10. My husband loves snails, but I cannot even stand the thought of eating them. No way that I'd ever eat snails. I don't even want to touch oysters or clams or mussels. Anything that would feel slimy in my mouth makes me gag.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It's been fun reading these comments. You are the second wife of a husband that loves snails but where the wife, says no way.

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  11. Take them out of the shell and turn the fork around, eat them butt first....Bill loves them. Me...Hell no....
    lv ya

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    1. Eat the butt first, that's funny stuff.

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  12. Uh uh! No way! Not a chance!

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    1. Thanks for playing, William.

      This is s fun post. I'm enjoying reading the comments.

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  13. One of the advantages to being a vegetarian, no snails

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    1. They have facon but I've never seen soy
      based snails.

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  14. Nothing better than I Love Lucy! I shared the photo of her and Ethel at the chocolate factory of my Facebook page a while ago, LOL. When it comes to snails? Given the opportunity and proper pressure, yes, I would try them. I want to be more of a foodie hedonist than foodie nun.

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    1. Lucy is the best.

      I don't know why pulling them out of a shell bothers me since I eat crab and clams.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. I'm going to pass on the snails. Sorry, I just can't eat something that looks like it blew out of someone's nose.

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  16. They're swimming in garlic and butter, what's not to love!

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  17. I've had escargot at Red Lobster. No shell. Smothered in cheese and garlic sauce. They are pretty good!

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    1. Cool beans on the snails at Red Lobster. Our location only serves mostly crappy buy-ins, and ding ding foods.

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  18. I love escargot!

    (Not with ketchup!)

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    1. Hahahahaha, on the ketchup. Glad you got to see this post. How funny was she with that thing on her nose. Cracks me up, no matter how many times I see it.

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  19. That's one of those foods where I'm not sure I could do it, if I knew what it was. I've had frog legs, but they weren't my favorite.

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    1. Would you eat frog legs again?

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