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
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