Last night I had a hard time getting to sleep. Something kept saying, “Hello! Fish!” I think my body was rebelling against the hearty, meaty diet I sustained in Alsace. In any case, it was a day to make a visit to the fishmonger.
Of course when I arrived, greed overcame need as it usually does. So many good things, so little time! In addition to the oysters, I bought some beautiful hake fillets and some salmon for later consumption.
As I was taking the oysters from the jar to rinse, I thought about how good life can be when you’ve found a cheerful, accomodating oyster shucker in France. I like fried oysters but I have never shucked an oyster in my life, nor have I had the desire. Yes, I purchased the knife but I was temporarily mind snatched in the supermarket. When I got it home, I couldn’t believe myself! My mother bought them in jars and what was good enough for her, except for the vegetables, is good enough for me!
Jade and I decided that lime mayonnaise would tame these wild, wild oysters.
Gratuitous shot of miscellaneous place settings I bought in Alsace.
Wild Mediterranean Oysters with Lime Mayonnaise
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp garlic flavored chilli, rooster on the front of the jar
Juice of 1 lime
30 oysters, shucked, rinsed and patted dry
2 eggs, beaten
Fine panko bread crumbs
Mix the mayonnaise, chili, lime juice and refrigerate.
Coat the oysters with the cornflour, then dip into the egg, then the bread crumbs. Fry in the peanut oil until golden. Sprinkle with salt and serve immediately with the chili mayonnaise.