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Lucy Eats Snails

This youtube video was shown in my French class last week. It is an episode of I Love Lucy where Lucy is in a restaurant in Paris. This scene is hilarious and watching it sent me looking for my escargot tongs.

Once, while visiting my family in Palermo, I watched as my cousin prepared for cooking a bucket full of small snails (they're called babbaluciu in Sicilian) that she had gathered at her property. I don't remember all the details of the prep work and the cooking method, but I do recall that they were placed in a container, with a large amount of salt poured over and left there for a day or two, I think. The snails were not removed from the shell but cooked whole in seasoned water and served in soup bowls. Since they were small they were picked out of the shells with toothpicks.

I could not stomach watching my relatives eating the babbaluciu but this scene reminded me of my Sicilian grandfather who introduced me to eating escargot when I was a child. I wasn't all that crazy about eating them as much as I loved soaking the crusty bread in the garlicky buttery sauce.

I haven’t had an escargot in 30 years and I’m not planning on changing that, even if my French class teacher offers me extra credit for eating one. ;)

Comments (7)

Hi! Waving goodbye for a few weeks, I'll catch up with you when I get back. :)

Oh, what a classic. I could watch her over and over. This one made me laugh, as always. I loved your story, too. I have never been able to eat them either.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Maria, LOL! That was so funny. There were many things that I ate as a child that I don't eat now too!:) My mother prepared these for us when we were young. My sister loved them and my reaction was similar to Lucy's. I wonder if I asked for catchup too. :)

Great story Maria. I liked the video too. Thanks so much for sharing it and for the laugh this morning!

Have a great day today!

I love Lucy! I'm at work and don't have sound so will have to watch it again later. Escargot were the ingredient for a Quick Fire challenge on "Top Chef" a couple of weeks ago. I tried them once in Paris many years ago...didn't hate them but didn't love them either.

Babbaluciu is a great word and it's kinda funny, because wasn't Babbalu the name of Lucy and Desi's company?

Hah, very timely as just this morning my Calabrian OH was planning on going out for snails but it was raining too hard...hopefully it'll be lighter tomorrow :)

Btw will you be participating in the 2nd Annual O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Contest at my blog and at Ms Adventures in Italy again this year? You have until Sept 28th to come up with a fab O recipe...and there are prizes including signed copies of Gina DePalma's Dolce Italiano and Mario Batali's Molto Italiano :D

If you can't participate, feel free to spread the word--there's a prize for that too!

Leslie, have a fabulous trip!

Sandra, I don't blame you for not being able to try them.

Kathy, I probably would have asked for ketchup also but my grandfather would have been horrified.

Annie, I’m a big fan of Lucille Ball. I think you're right about the name of their company. I remember also that the club where Desi performed on the TV program was also called Babalu.

Michelle, I'm participating this year although I'm a bit late with my entry. I just made my dish last night but my photo didn't come out great but it's a delicious chicken dish from Abruzzi. I'll publish the "O" entry today and the recipe on Monday morning.

I also loved watching I Love Lucy! Some of my favorite shows were the shows filmed in Europe (or I think they were filmed in Europe). This was a fun show. What fun that your teacher showed this during one of your classes.

I have never had land snails (or at least I don't think I have) but I think I have eaten sea snails once.

I am still confused with snails and slugs. If land snails are the same thing as the slimy slugs I see at my school whenever it rains... EWWWWW!!! Not even for an automatic A in French class would I eat one of those.

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