Clearing some giant ivy out of my tiny backyard garden I have discovered vast quantities of snails. I am somehow reluctant to get rid of these by the usual means, and was wondering, since there seem to be some gourmet chefs on the forum, if someone would like to come and gather some snails for cooking. I have not yet put down any slug pellets, but if there are no volunteer cooks, will probably do so in a couple of weeks. Bon appetit.
I was a barbeque organised by some Greek Cyrpiot friends once and they cooked up a mountain of snails from the garden (apparently it's not just a French thing). Against my better judgement I tried one, it wasn't nice but I survived perfectly intact though some people seemed to be complaining afterwards about the effect they thought it had on them.
I think you're wrong. The Food Programme on Radio 4 did a feature on this a week or so ago and I heard the trailer where I'm sure they were talking about eating "ordinary" snails. It's probably available on the R4 website to "Listen Again" if you want to check.
re holiday flats my son made me do it , must declare an interest. Re snails, you can eat ordinary garden snails if not poisoned by nasty slug pellets. I believe there is a bit of a procedure though, involving gathering up the largest ones and keeping them in a container they cant get out of, letting them drink water for a few days while starving to 'clean' the insides and presumably get rid of snail poo, then boiling them for a few minutes before cooking them in butter and garlic or whatever. Just thought there would be someone clever who would know all this and was feeling a bit daring................. I think I did hear that programme, which maybe was why I thought of it in the first place.