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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...
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Jun. 28, 2010 1:11 pm
Wow! Thanks for the nutritional info on oysters - I wondered the same thing while we were on the Eastern Shore (Check out my blog) but never got around to looking it up. I am a new "raw" fan. We do oyster shooters - stick one of the little guys in a shot glass, put a dab of hot sauce on him, fill the glass up with vodka and drink up! I started calling them drunken oysters. Yummy!! I've never had Malpeque oysters - only Chincoteague and blue points (don't even know where they come from but that's what they sell in Ohio).
Jun. 28, 2010 1:34 pm
I LOVE shucking them up. Nothing nicer and a fresh Malpeque or Fanny Bay. Grab those quhogs and make a delicious chowder. SO GOOD My preference is for the West Coast or NW Washington/Canadian oysters. They are sweet, grassy and smaller.. the best I've ever had. That dog is a slice of heaven and the old guy in the garage is as cute as can be. Nice find! Try putting raw oysters on a charcoal grill with a handful of wet hickory chips... delicious.
Jun. 28, 2010 2:00 pm
Mmmm... those oysters make me homesick. I love those NW Oysters too.. they are my absolute favorites. There is a japanese variation that is now grown there called Kumomoto.. they are beyond good! I love them at Elliots in Seattle.. served with Champagne ice. Life doesn't get much better than that.
Jun. 29, 2010 7:46 am
I love oysters. Thank you for the info on how good they are for you. And thank you for one more reason to eat them. Mag
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