SFH Journal: 2018-09-20

Highlight: There is a reason this is called Serendipity Farmhouse. When a very kindly and neighborly neighbor has an excess of fresh oysters in the shell and she offers you 20-30 of them, that, my dear friend, is “serendipity”.

0520181632Now, I’ve been to many New England clambakes, and I’ve had my share of stuffed quahogs. We have made oyster stew and eaten raw, fried, and smoked oysters. But, never ever in our lives have we grilled or shucked fresh oysters. So, we did a little reading and research and found out it’s quite simple. Someday, we will run a feature article and show you how it’s done.

We did have one rather unexpected and interesting surprise during this cooking adventure. We found a strange reddish creature inside one of the oysters. Even though it was quite small, it looked, if not menacing, at least ominous. We extracted the oyster from its shell and examined the creature. It looked like a small crab. What manner of beast was this?

Once again, we did a little reading and research and were happy to learn that this little guy was – an edible delicacy. To quote one article, “It’s called an oyster crab, or pea crab, and if you speak Latin it goes by the name Zaops Ostreum.” (Check out The Edible Ocean: The Crab Inside Your Oyster)

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Edible serendipity – the ‘oyster crab’

Weather: Yes, there was some rain, but there was enough clear weather to grill some oysters.  (Detailed Summary – click here.)

Plantings: Nothing to report.

Harvest: Nothing to report.

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