Discussion in 'suburban75' started by Fez909, Mar 20, 2014.
If I found one on the street and it didn't have a collar...I'd have it, no bother
Just had to let Kevin go. He had little beasties running all over him
Even more noticeable on slugs.
I found a huge leopard slug a while back that had a spectacular mite infestation.
I presume you can still eat them with mites, but tbh I think I'll find it difficult enough without mites. Beasties on your beasties?
Were they tiny little white things that moved really fast? I remember the slug army in an old house had that - it was quite strange to watch the little white things crawl all over the slugs.
The speed is spectacular isn't it !
It is a really odd sight isn't it. I always wondered what parasitical behaviours the mites did to the slugs as it wasn't obvious. The only ones I could think of was eating dead skin cells and loving eating slime.
It also makes me wonder what happened to the mites on all those thousands of slugs I killed with salt. Were they susceptible to the salty death, or did they flee at the first sign of trouble and go looking for a fresh baby sluglet to colonise in the damp cellar?
Snail numbers really starting to increase in my garden now. Need to build the container and start capturing them.
How is everyone else doing?
I saw a perfect sized "petit gris" in the garden yesterday and it struck me that if I'm ever to become fully "French", I will need to see them as food - in fact a treat - and not cute - even though they sometimes eat my plants I still tend to move them rather than kill them - and I'm sure my style of gardening relies on molluscs to process dead plant material - so nematodes are out of the question.
... but I'm planning to live in south west Brittany where it's crabs and lobsters - but with scallops available from the north, and oysters-aplenty from the east ... I wonder how snail eating is regarded in that part of France...
You could set yourself up as the eccentric English snail farmer.
I don't think snail eating is all that popular in any part of France any more. I've occasionally seen it on menus but I've never seen anyone order them. French eating habits (along with many other aspects of French culture) have become much more globalised in recent years; it would be like moving to Hull and assuming you'd have to eat tripe.
Families still go out with buckets to collect snails together at a certain time of year where my in-laws used to live. La Rochelle area.
I'm leaving them for the birds; specifically members of the thrush family (song, mistle thrush and blackbirds) and Hedgepigs find them very tasty.
Note: the latter are getting rarer so need all the help they can get.
I got the impression when I stayed with a French family in 1976 that "les tripes" is soul food to some French people - mind you I was staying with champagne communists.
You escargotophiles would have had a field day in my garden this morning - though I would have insisted you took the slugs away too.
All destined for pastures new tomorrow morning.
And as predicted, it was a bad idea to leave planting instructions in the greenhouse - snails seem to actively seek out paper.
Everything I see a snail in my garden I'm going to think of you Fez909, like I did just now
I'm flattered but your thinking is warped! You should be thinking, "look at that free food trying to escape...slowly!"
The particular one I saw earlier actually had quite a good turn of speed. I bet he had read your thread and wasn't taking any chances.
It's probably similar to Jellied Eels in London.
People have it in their minds that it's a big thing but virtually no body eats them any more.
Jellied eels are on the verge of a comeback, apparently. They were nearly extinct in the Thames due to over-fishing but there's so many of them now that they are OK to eat again.
I'm hideously embarassed to admit I asked my host family for frog's legs.
But in my defence, another English kid was covered in mosquito bites following an extensive frog hunt.
I think don't think they became unpopular due to being difficult to get hold of.
People just don't like them any more.
maybe the jellied eel will be rehabilitated as artisan foods for the gastranomes
Pie and Mash is still good and popular but the pie and mash shop is no longer big in london.
I think I was getting confused. It was elvers that are set to become popular again.
Yeah there was a big issue with the Elvers in the River Severn being over fished too.
It wouldn't surprise me
There are probably more pie and mash shops in Kent than there are in London now. Where all the people of my parents generation (who are from Bermondsey that has one of the best pie and mash shops on the planet) moved out in the 60's/70's/80s.
Well, Gordon Ramsay is pretty disgusting and gross.....
It's not about him.
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