It’s Alive!!


We went to the Saturday market to pick up food for the coming days. As it is the Christmas season, many of the items for sale are seafood. Raw oysters are traditional on Christmas day and Maurice always gets some. I will have one covered in vinagre and chopped shallots along with bread and butter but that’s my limit. There were shrimp that were so freshly caught that they kept walking out of their container. We bought a dozen scallops which were also freshly caught. How do I know this? Because when I was trimming them-they come with these orange little “feet” that I don’t like- they actually moved. This was after they had been cut out of their shell at the market. If I poked one with my knife there was this rolling muscular motion of the whole scallop. It gave me the creeps. The first time it happened I screamed because I’ve never had that happen before. I felt so nervous about that movement everytime they were touched that I had to have Maurice finish the job. All of that didn’t stop me from eating them however. They were very tasty, poor things.

These weren’t alive but already steamed. We got one and had it cut in half to eat on Christmas Eve. Not cheap at 50 Euros for one. They had some alive there with their antenna moving about.

Urchins for sale. I’ve never had one. I suspect that they are rather like oysters.

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11 thoughts to “It’s Alive!!”

  1. YUM! The pictures make me so hungry! And I enjoyed reading about your experiences. Here in Okinawa the urchins are very common and many people eat them raw (yuck). I’ve had urchin sauce over lobster and it was pretty good. The sauce was sweet. Different, but good.

  2. I looove seafood and shellfish (has to be very fresh though) and these pics look great. Have never had sea urchin either. It seems I saw a recipe somewhere (online?)for something very elaborate involving sea urchin but I can’t remember where.

  3. They’ve offered all the special versions of oysters here in Brittany for the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Cancale oysters and their unique quality of course top the list and at 13 euros [$19] for a large wooden box they are irresistible. I remember paying $2.00 a piece donkey’s years ago in the US, so thought it quite a bargain.

    We love Brittany seafood with a passion and cooked scallops on the half shell recently, having bought them in the LeClerc at Dinan and cleaned them ourselves. It was an experience as you say and a lot more work than I’d expected too. I had to read the instructions in our seafood cookbook through several times and follow them minutely. I’d never have bothered if we weren’t trying to duplicate something we’d had an REALLY enjoyed. We’d eaten scallops in a local bistro, cooked in the shell with just a dab of butter, smidge of parsley and a bit of grated garlic.

    Wow! They were unlike anything frozen or packaged. The extra work was worth ALL the effort!

  4. Ha! The scallop story made me laugh out loud! I would’ve done the exact same thing. hehe

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a safe, happy New Year!

  5. All this seafood reminds me of when I lived in Jersey C.I. and we used to catch the hydroglisseur to St Malo and eat moules mariniere. Not that we didn’t eat them in Jersey, but we had a special place in St Malo. I still miss moules mariniere.

  6. yummm, we had st jacques and oysters too. i love the seafood here! i had raw urchins two years ago, not bad, but i prefer oysters!

    happy holidays!!

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