dont forget, oysters are an aphrodisiac...
Jun. 28, 2010 12:42 pm
Updated: Jun. 29, 2010 5:56 pm
My mother-in-law’s family has a lovely cottage on the Mill River
in Prince Edward Island .
We try to get there as much as we can during the summer months to enjoy the scenery, family, golf and, of course, great food!
Im not one for golf so when they others are off wacking balls around, I stay behind for some R&R and to prepare
for the evenings culinary endevours!
The cottage is about 2.5 hours from our house and about 20 minutes before you get there, we always stop at this
local hot spot for fresh oysters from the . If you know oysters, you should know, they don’t get
any better than these!
We discovered these oysters about 5 years ago…when we stopped there, we almost left because it looked a bit…well, I’ll just explain it for you.
We stopped because we saw the sign “Fresh Malpeque Quohogs & Oysters” but all that was there was a man in his 60’s in a dirty plaid shirt, equally dirty pants being held up
with suspenders, sitting in a lazy-boy in his garage, door open, watching television. The garage looks like something out of a horror movie…rusty tools everywhere, car parts, creepy old pictures on the wall, a few fridges and a neon, flashing “OPEN” sign.
I noticed a sweet looking dog sitting outside in a dog house. I sent my husband in to the garage and I went off to meet the dog.
The dog and I were instant friends and I gave him the rub down. He is a country dog so he was kind of dirty and a bit matted…but happy, never the less.
We bought the garage oysters and where a bit nervous but they ended up being the best oysters we have ever had!
Our friends, Pat and Kelly, were visiting from Vancouver and Pat taught my husband how to shuck...a skill he has now perfected.
Now there is NEVER a time that we don’t stop to visit Flash, the dog and to pick up a few bags of oysters…Not much has changed there in the last few years besides a couple new
dogs…and some new siding on the house.
Whenever I look at an oyster, I wonder who in their right mind would have got the idea to break the ugly thing open and eat the even uglier slimy thing inside of it!
And then I shoot that nasty slimy thing back and thank that crazy S.O.B for this little piece of heaven sliding down my throat…
After we downed over 100 raw oysters in 2 days, I got to thinking…do they have any nutritional benefit to them or am I going to wake up with mercury poisoning?
So when we got home from the computer-less cottage I did some investigating on-line to see where they stand, nutritionally.
This is what I found…
Oysters are one of the most balanced of foods
Good source of protein, carbohydrates and lipids
Heart and Lung Institute suggest oysters as an ideal food for inclusion in low-cholesterol diets.
Oysters are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C and D.
Four or five medium size oysters supply the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus.
So shuck up and suck em down!
Fresh Malpeque Oysters...