An oyster appetizer is for close friends and family only. These shell fish are expensive and takes a lot of patience to gather from the ocean, if you are going to do the snorkelling yourself.
Harvesting these shellfish from the ocean is best done at low tide and in calm weather. Another tip – if you do the harvesting yourself - is to harvest just before spring tide ends. That is when the moon and the sun are both in line with the earth resulting in waters that are higher than average.
At this period in the tide-cycle, the shellfish gathers food for the up-coming neap tide, a lower tide than usual. That happens when the moon and the sun lays at 90°to each other, at this stage of the tide cycle food for the shellfish is hard to come by.
So, by harvesting your clam, mussels or oysters, it is best to gather them at the end of spring-tide when the shellfish are swollen with their feed resulting in a fuller shellfish than usual.
This dish has to be made with fresh shellfish only. Depending on how many people you are catering for, it is a good idea to prepare a fair amount of oysters each.
This dish cannot stand over to the next day. Apart from the fish going bad, it also has a viciously fishy smell when it is “off” – if you get my drift.
Another tip on seafood is that it is not a good idea to freeze any left-overs – especially seafood. Rather get rid of it than being sorry later.
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1 table spoon garlic & Ginger
1/2 teaspoon white pepper, basil, and oregano
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
2 pints fresh oysters - removed from the shells
4 strips bacon, finely cut.
4 tablespoons butter or yellow margarine
Seafood poisoning is one of the worst food poisonings there are. But don’t worry too much about this though; just stick to the rules by keeping it fresh and you will enjoy seafood for a long time.
One last thing about seafood – most people that digests seafood gone badly develops a life-long allergy to it or at least a negative re-action to the iodine in seafood.
On a lighter note, and as always, what would this feast of Oyster Appetizer be without a bottle of good wine…
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