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Snails
Thu 18-Mar-10
7:08 pm
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JoannaS
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Had a hilarious evening with a friend the other night who was describing the process for keeping snails. Apparently our area is a good place to grow the little darlings (fortunately they haven't found our allotment plot very appealing), anyway these little cuties are grown for the table and are grown in 65m by 5m fenced areas complete with electric fencing to stop them escaping. A vet has to make sure you are keeping the little dears correctly and if any dies you are meant to contact the dead animal disposers to make sure they are disposed of correctly. We don't think you are expected to herd them but our minds were running overtime picturing the scene. So if you go to the supermarkets and find Latvian snails for sale you can be rest assured the little dears were well looked after during rearing and dispatched kindly, SmugCheers

Sun 21-Mar-10
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Danny
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Joanna, you have expanded our boundaries yet again!

I cannot imagine snail farming. Love the bit about notifying the authorities about deceased darlings. Sounds like ready made material for a Monthy Python sketch: The Latvian Blue Cool

Many years ago, I took my ex to a fancy restaurant for Val Day. She ordered (unwittingly) a steak with a row of you-know-whats laid neatly along its length. I did not realise that she did not understand the name of the dish as it was in French on the menu. I do not speak French but I did recognise the word escargot and I was a tad surprised at her choice.

The shrieks when it was presented were priceless!

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Sun 21-Mar-10
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You never know there maybe updates on that one as I think my friend is seriously thinking of going ahead. May even give it a go myself, she said they were really cute.

Mon 22-Mar-10
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JoannaS said: she said they were really cute.


Joanna, darling, you really should invest in a pair of snow goggles during the Latvian winter Laugh

And a pair of ear muffs to distance yourself from extranaeous dotty ideas.

Have a few of BS's brand new emoticons! Medicineto clear the thinking passages. Wink

LOL, only joking.

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Wed 24-Mar-10
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Lol, might have a point Danny.

I hear snails are good with wine Sloe_Gin

Wed 24-Mar-10
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We were invited to dinner, in France, and a whole oven tray of small-ish snails were brought to the table - there must've been easily a hundred or more - all filled with garlic butter.

I asked the hosts whether they were locally sourced, or what ......... they said they are from the garden!!!

Apparently, they said, they have  large box filled with flour, and as the snails are collected, they are dropped into the box, for a minimum of three weeks. This is to ensure that all the potential nasty things they may have eaten in the garden are no longer in their digestive tract, making them safe to eat.

You know something - I couldn't even eat one. Yuk.

Not for me. Sorry.

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Thu 25-Mar-10
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I have eaten snails but they are not something that I would make a point of searching out.  Frogs legs now, that's an entirely different matter.  Best place was in Bourg-en-Bresse.  Yum!

I'll try that again!

Thu 25-Mar-10
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Apparently the snails grow quite large here.

Thu 25-Mar-10
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I just can't get past thinking about all the slime...

I'll try that again!

Fri 26-Mar-10
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Well they will be kept in pens outside Cheers

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