Kenneth Avery is a Southern humorist with well over a thousand fans. The charm and wit in his writing span a nearly a decade.
If I try to tell you all about oysters, I will go into a spin and then burn-out. I want to do this right or not at all. Let's talk about what is an oyster? An oyster is a common tag for a number of various families of salt-water bivalve molluscs that thrive in marine or brackish locales. In some species, the valves are highly calcified, and many are quite irregular in shape. Many, but not all oysters are in the super-family Ostreoidea.
Varied types of oysters are eastern, consumed cooked ,or raw, in some locales oysters are regarded as a delicacy. A few types of pearl oysters are harvested for the pearl within the mantle. Window pane oysters are harvested for their translucent shells, which are used to make various kinds of colorful objects
All that I know is that I love them. No matter where I might be--in a mall or in a car going on an outing. Oysters love to be taken on rides, and so I accommodate them the very best that I can do. My wife, Pam, does not like oysters. I've asked her several times why, but she simply replies, thy are not my cup of tea.
The Men, who found and exploited oysters (and other shellfish) had many (and new) advantages and chances to live and thrive, than their ancestors of 100,000 or 20,000 years prior. There are many reasons for this. I wagered that my followers needed a bit more background about oysters. On the average, 787 million pounds of oysters are eaten yearly by Americans with a price tag valued at $218 million. Pretty good if you are oyster shucker.
I want to share this easy-to-fix recipe for you who love oysters. This recipe is fondly called the Oyster Rockefeller With Sharp Cocktail Sauce.
Oysters Rockefeller Recipe
8.8oz / 250g Chicken Breast, sliced into clean strips
1 tsp Fresh Red Chilli, finely diced (adjust to taste)
1 tsp Garlic, minced--fresh Garlic.
1 tsp Ginger, minced finely
1-2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Salt & Black Pepper Sauce
2 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1/2 Fresh Lime
1/2 tsp Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp White Pepper
Veg & Noodles
5.3oz / 150g Dried Noodles
Drizzle of Sesame Oil--measure carefully.
2.6oz / 75g Mangetout
4-6 Mushrooms, sliced
3 Green Onions, sliced into approx 1.5" chunks
2 medium Carrots, peeled & sliced into strips
1 Red Pepper/Capsicum, sliced into strips
Diced Green Onion, fresh
Crushed Toasted Peanuts
Instructions: all of the ingredients for sauce and place to one side.
Mix noodles according to packet directions, drain, toss with a good drizzle of sesame oil. Do not rinse.
In a wok or a suitably sized pan heat vegetable oil over high heat. Season chicken with a pinch of salt, black pepper then place in the wok. Fry for a minute or so until golden on one side---slip and place garlic, chili and garlic. Fry further until the chicken is golden and just about cooked through, and the aromatics begin to brown. Remove from wok and place to one side.
Contain heat high and adding more vegetable oil if necessary, add your carrot and red pepper/capsicum. Shake the wok frequently to ensure an even char.
About a minute, add in mushrooms and fry for a further minute or 2, shaking often.
Add mangetout and green onion. Fry until just soften, then add back in your chicken, garlic, chili and ginger, then stir in your noodles and sauce. Give everything a good toss to ensure the sauce spreads evenly and the chicken heats through. Enjoy
On a personal note, Okay. Now you can trufhfully-say that I gave you a very good oyster recipe that you, your family, and friends can enjoy at anytime of the week, season or holiday. And if you do any research any site with oyster recipes, you will find that they (oysters) are ready and availble in most any bar or restaurant. You might be amazed at the throngs of fans you will find who love oysters.
Personally, my wife, Pam, and a couple of friends with to Tupelo, Miss., for a New Year's Get-Together and we went on a Saturday afternoon so we would have time to eat. We ate at this place (which shall remain nameless because it went out of business) and the men ate raw oysters on the half-shell with the spicy cocktail sauce.
The ladies ate some sort of oyster soup, but no one was complaining when our meal was finished. Honestly, I loved the raw oysters so well, that I think that I put down a near-dozen because as any expert oyster connoisseur will tell you . . .you don't have to eat them, just hold your mouth right and the oysters will do the rest.
Oysters fried or fresh are always a good dinner-starter before the main meal. Don't worry if there is any tension among the amateur oyster fans, it should take just moments to teach those good people just how easy it is to enjoy the oysters of their choice.
July 05, 2021______________________________________________________
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Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on July 07, 2021:
I'd love to try it! Perhaps I'll find oysters somewhere in the Punjab one of these days.
Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 06, 2021:
Oysters are not for everyone indeed. I love the small oysters from the Philippines but the huge one here in Germany looks yucky for me. I have tried one here ages ago but I almost vomited. Never again!
Thanks for making me laugh with your funny words „This food is not for everyone, ……“
Kyler J Falk from California on July 06, 2021:
"This food is not for everyone, but everyone who tries them, likes them."
Just had to come and say that cracked me up, and reminded me of the time I tried oysters with lemon juice and Tapatio, then promptly sprayed vomit into the trashcan.
10/10, would recommend this snot-like dish! Lmao!