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Comment by Pat on June 4, 2014 at 8:07pm

I actually like lobster. I realize this is nothing more than a cockroach that just happens to live in the ocean. But, it's a mighty tasty cockroach!

Comment by sk8eycat on June 4, 2014 at 7:22pm

Well, shellfish are definitely NOT part of my diet any more...gout, yanno.  And the first time I smelled king crab legs cooking (long before I had my first attack), I immediately thought of dirty gym I ordered halibut, instead. 

The only shellfish I really thought was out of this world was Abalone Amandine, and that's not something you can order at Red Lobster.  (Lately I've been seeing a LOT of Red Lobster commercials, and they gag me.)

Never tried oysters, either.  Except Oysters Rockefeller at a buffet wedding reception.  Boring!

D'ruther have ultra-smoky baby back ribs any day!  Or lamb shanks...I have a great method for cooking lamb shanks with canned tomatoes and bell peppers, but I like them plain roasted, too.  Just roasted.

And I must admit that longevity has never been one of my goals...I feel as though I've been here 20+ years too long already.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2014 at 6:19pm

I ask the same thing about crab and lobster, both which I like.  They certainly do not look appetizing. 

Comment by Pat on June 4, 2014 at 6:04pm

You know, Felaine, I ask myself the same question about oysters. The first guy that ate them must have been starving to death.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 4, 2014 at 4:35pm

I often wonder how desperate the first person to try eating nettles must have been.  The same thought occurs when I look at an uncooked artichoke...or live snails.  Gah!

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2014 at 12:28pm

By the way, I did use gloves to harvest it, but once in a while I'd get stung when doing things with other plants near it, when I wasn't wearing gloves.  It never stung me bad, and the sting went away in about half an hour.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 4, 2014 at 12:25pm

Years ago, I grew stinging nettle and enjoyed eating it.  When I started it here, it didn't taste good like it used to, so I pulled it out.

When I get more land, I'll try it again.  I suspect the soil here is not to the liking of the nettle as well as several other things.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 4, 2014 at 10:09am

I've never heard of nettles, so I Googled and read the Wikipedia article.  What an interesting and multifunctional plant.  Food-wise, it sounds very nutritious.   

Comment by Pat on June 4, 2014 at 8:17am

There's line in an Irish song about a woman picking nettles, The Bold Fenian Men, about the revolutionaries in the 1868 uprising against England. And, here's an Irish recipe for nettle soup.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 4, 2014 at 7:08am

Just finished a book Longevity Now, which, among many other things, recommended eating stinging nettles. If you don't know, one needs welder's gloves to handle them! They are brutal. Anyway, I carefully grabbed a few, chopped them up and stuck them in a potato soup mix. While I couldn't actually taste them, they didn't seem to affect the soup's flavor. And, as promised in the book, the sting went out of them. I wonder how many years the nettles added to my life!


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