I’ve honestly only tried oysters once in my life, but Philippe mentioned loving them so I decided to try a doodlewash version. The one time I did try them, they were okay, but I wasn’t craving them after, so I just never went in search of them again. We’ll be having them soon to cure his craving, so we’ll see how it goes this time. One thing I know I can’t stand is cooked oysters, but that’s all I grew up with. Every family gathering there was the dad and uncle pot of oyster stew nobody else cared for with a bowl of oysters crackers next to it. I used to love the crackers, though, so that something at least.

But there are definitely plenty of people who love oysters as every year nearly two billion pounds of these little mollusks are eaten. I tend to think about what the thing you’re about to eat has eaten and sometimes this is disturbing. An oyster’s diet consists mainly of animal waste and decayed plants, so it’s a bit of a turn off if I think about it too much. Legend has it, of course, that they are actually quite a “turn on” and the classic lover Casanova used to eat 50 for breakfast. Some scientists now say that it’s true they are an aphrodisiac due to being high in zinc, particularly for men, for reasons I can’t talk about without giggling.

Long ago, people were often advised to never eat oysters during months that didn’t contain the letter “R.” At first this seems completely batty until you realize that the only months that don’t contain that letter are warm weather months for many climates. Back in a time when there was a lack of proper refrigeration methods this made keeping food cold difficult from May through August. So here’s a raw little offering for the doodlewash dinner for anyone who loves them. And if they happen to make you frisky, then that’s just a nice added bonus I guess.

You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month! 

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Gamboge, Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Green Pale, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

61 replies on “Oysters On The Half Shell

  1. I cannot abide oysters. It’s the texture probably more so than the taste. It just makes my gag reflex go into overdrive. Where I used to live in Argyll (Loch Fyne) is famous for its oysters but I just couldn’t will myself to keep trying them. Your painting of them, however, is delicious. I especially love how you’ve rendered the interior of the shells. Very nicely done indeed.

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  2. The doodlewash is lovely, but I’ve never eaten oysters. There’s always something on the menu I’d rather try or would like to eat more than oysters.

    Bottom feeders…a lot people don’t eat them, but I love Shrimp, crab, and lobster!

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  3. I’m reminded of the unpleasant Mr Bean sketch every time I see anything of oysters!

    While reading this, I thought, “well, thank heavens he didn’t go into any detail about their diet” and then read the next sentence 😉 How nice. Wonderful though this doodlewash is, hmm… I’m not sure I’ll be rushing out to try oysters any time soon. Still, all the more for you chaps!

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  4. I’m laughing so hard I’ve nearly fallen off the chair. Aphrodisiac oysters but you can’t talk about it – good grief! I will never be able to look at an oyster again with laughing. Everyone will think I’m crazy. Oh well, what’s new?
    Love the painting, you did a great job, I love the composition and all the textures, but I will stick with the lemons and hot sauce. You can feed the raw oysters to the cat.

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  5. FYI, people, before oysters are brought to the table, they are left for several days in a tank with only clean water flowing through so everything is filtered out. So you can afford to be adventurous, Charlie! The oyster stew sounds gross, though. But the painting came out great!

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  6. Well I love your doodlewash, but I have never ever had an oyster, and to be honest I don’t think I want to try, especially if they eat waste, yuk, I don’t get how you can taste them anyhow, as they get slung to the back of the throat and gulped down in one ghastly glug….sorry to all who love them, this is only a vision of how I think the experience would be, lol,

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  7. I love this painting, the oysters looks so fresh, straight out of the sea . Down here in Whitable the oysters are famous as being some of the best around, but I can’t bring myself to eat one – I can enjoy yours though, looking so splendid on the plate!

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  8. Your doodlewash is perfect Charlie. I love the texture you created with the ripply edge of the shells.
    Okay I actual really like oysters but I think its because I was introduced to them by someone who really knew a lot about the different varieties and shared all this insight with me. I’m a fan of the the west coast oyster. That and a good cold beer, a few friends can make for a pretty wonderful experience. I hope you discover something tasty when you give them a try.

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    1. Thanks so much Cathe! Glad you liked this! 😃 💕And yay! A true oyster fan. Philippe ate them all the time growing up in Paris so I’m hoping he’ll qualify as my expert. Hehe… it makes all the difference to have someone who knows their way around new food!


  9. It is truly an experience watching others try oysters. In my fish fabrication class at culinary school, I had the pleasure of watching the drastic face changes of those in my class who tried raw oysters for the first. It is something one must acquire I suppose. I don’t mind them however, but the have to be the freshest of fresh!

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