I was in Carrefour the other day and they are selling these boxes of fresh oysters, that have just been flown in.
They looked and smelled very fresh and I just couldn’t help myself, so I got a box and decided to have the girls over for Oysters & Champagne 🙂
Oysters are so great, you should never miss out on them! I know that they are not everybody’s cup of tea, but trust me, they are an acquired taste that once acquired, become a real proper treat. I was one at some point, who hated oysters and thought the texture was repulsive! That was at a time when my palate was young and inexperienced. Ever since then, I have to say I have changed my mind about so many foods, I thought I disliked!
The thing about food is that you really should approach it with an open mind, and allow new experiences to sink in and be removed from being totally foreign. Give yourself a chance to get accustomed to a new flavour or texture. Our initial reactions to all things new are always discomfort. But if we allow ourselves, we learn that different is not really that bad! You might not like it the first time, or the second time, but once you are used to it, you find that you in fact love oysters! Because they are delicious and nothing beats nibbling on these sea jewels with some Champagne, wine, or your choice of refreshing juices.
Please read Understanding Seafood Part 1, for more on selecting and preparing seafood. Also for tips on knowing fresh seafoods, how to handle and clean them …etc
Oysters can be served plain with a squeeze of lemon juice, and I find this to be the best way to serve them (my personal favourite). I like to really taste the sea (oysters taste of the sea). Not everyone is into this plain oysters and lemon option as the flavour is unmasked. A popular topper will be vinegar and chopped shallots. However, for those who are new the oyster Rockefeller are a good introduction, it eases you into the world of oysters.
Whichever way you decide to go, just make sure you try and try until you find what works for you. Don’t just give up from the first try, because you will be missing out!