Shame on you, John! Clams, mussels, cockles. prawns, shrimps, crab, lobster - food of the gods, and in most cases so easy to prepare and cook. And a staple as well of our ancestors. Just have never been able to enjoy limpets, hence this thread - taste is fine, but india-rubber consistency isn'tBest answer yet!
Shellfish are all disgusting
Perhaps the shellfish in the UK are hard to gather but I assure you that you'd have no problems in NZ for example. It is easy to gather mussels off the rocks there and no problem at all getting enough for a filling meal. The same would apply to other shellfish.Recipe 1
Put 6 limpets per person into a pan with a fist sized rock per person (for the limpets to grab onto).
Boil until the rock is tender.
Throw away the limpets and eat the rocks (curry paste helps here too some schists taste awful!)
Seriously - most shellfish (ok - other than prawns, crabs, lobsters and shrimps) hold no attraction for me as they offer so little in calories that they are "starvation foods". The reason that ancient midden heaps of shells are so big is that you need to eat tons of them to get beyond the level of the energy expended being less than the energy consumed per meal!
The other way of looking at them is that they are "luxury foods" - those you can eat without needing the calories to survive, just for the flavour. I don't like either the flavour or texture of most shellfish!
Filling - yes...but nutritionally quite poorPerhaps the shellfish in the UK are hard to gather but I assure you that you'd have no problems in NZ for example. It is easy to gather mussels off the rocks there and no problem at all getting enough for a filling meal. The same would apply to other shellfish.
sounds a lot of faffin about just to disguise snot? not a fan of shellfish, slugs or snails.How about a simple Ceviche, a few squeezes of lime juice, some finely chopped chilis, a bit of black pepper? The lime juice will effectively 'cook' the flesh (although it is still raw), it'll help break down some of the proteins, and, as well as marinade the flesh will tenderise it too. Chop up the foot of the limpet, or slice, add the lime juice, chili and pepper, leave for 10-20 mins and mangare.
Maybe wrap it in some sun dried Dulce (seaweed), or cook some up, cool it then wrap your Ceviche in it? Cook up some Samphire to go with it.
Mix up some different citrus juices, the basis should be lime though, have fun, experiment.
Do you have a source for that? I had a quick Google and couldn't find anything to support what you are saying.Filling - yes...but nutritionally quite poor
That matches what I found. NZ green lipped mussels are particularly large and supposedly have other benefits too. As kids we'd have no problems gathering enough for a feed in a few minutes when we slept on the beach.Mussels - half the protein of beef by weight, but incredibly easy to gather and take only a few minutes to cook.
Mussels are a high protein food source. Their low fat content makes them potentially healthier than other protein sources, such as beef, which can contain a lot of saturated fat. Mussels are also low in calories, with raw mussels containing only 70 calories per 3 oz. (85g), including 1.9g of fat (0.4g of which is saturated fat). A comparable amount of lean sirloin beef contains 160 calories and 2.1g of saturated fat. The beef does contain twice the protein of the mussels.
Mussels are also an excellent source of vitamin B12 and selenium, which is an essential micro-nutrient. Vitamin B12 is important in the functioning of metabolism processes and a deficiency can cause fatigue and depression, as well as other symptoms. One hundred grams of mussels provides around 13% of your daily vitamin C needs and 22% of your daily iron needs. Mussels are also good sources of other B vitamins (particularly folate), phosphorus, manganese and zinc. Mussels are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids and are considered an excellent seafood choice.
Shrimps can be gathered from rockpools with a net, and eaten raw - hold head, bite off the rest and chew! (actually tried this, and to be honest tasted just like cooked shrimp - give it a go and see if you agree with me.) And add a bit of seaweed - the greener the tastier (apparently all seaweed around the UK shores is edible) - for your veggies