Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Hidden

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge” is “Hidden”

I know snails are a menace in the garden but I did not have the heart to stamp on him. Instead, I named him “Sid” and later deposited him safely on some adjoining shrubland. Snails (Caracóis) are VERY popular in Portugal and although you often see them on the menu in restaurants, we have never been tempted to order any! The thought of eating the “rubbery” body hiding inside the shell does not “rock my boat”, if I’m perfectly honest.

 "If I can't see you, you can't see me!"

Fascinated by the attractive pattern on Sid’s shell, and keen to take advantage of a “photo opportunity”, I went off to find my camera. However, by the time I returned Sid was already making his escape!

Sid tries to make his getaway!
“Don’t worry Sid your safe; I’ve already eaten lunch!” I joked as I snapped several photographs.

Joking aside could you eat snails? Yuck yuck YUCK brrrrrr

Several years ago our French in-laws kindly invited us over for Christmas. Before we arrived I jokingly said to Mr Piglet “I hope to God we are  NOT expected to eat snails!”

Guess what?

Yes, you’ve got it in one, one of the courses was a plateful of garlic snails. As I watched the other guests tucking into their snails with gusto I caught Mr Piglet’s eye. His face, like mine, was a mixture of horror and a look that said “Beam me up Scottie”

Our daughter tried to make light of the situation.

“I don’t mind eating snails now providing I can’t see their little eyes looking at me!”

What happened next?

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Here are some other interpretations of the theme “Hidden”
Hurtling towards 60
Redneck Princess

I especially enjoyed Spirit Lights the Way interpretation of “Hidden” It is both ingenious and informative!

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58 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Hidden

  1. Sid lives to see another day hidden in his shell – phew!

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  2. Lisa Wields Words

    Love the pictures. I ate snails once in high school, but it they tasted like garlic snot balls to me. I had to get over some squeemishness at trying foods when I lived in Japan, but I learned to eat first and ask questions later. 😛

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  3. I much prefer to enjoy snails in photographs and let them, as Sid says, “…live to see another day”! 😉

    Their shells always fascinate me. I love the many examples of spirals that we find in nature. Great post, Piglet!! 🙂

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    • Hi LTL,
      I am also fascinated by snails! sometimes we have a whole line of them walking along the wall of the house. I often wondered where they’re going,
      I am not so fascinated when they eat my plants and they are quickly despatched onto the shrubland!

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  4. Lucky snail! He/she (they are both sexes in one, I think) is beautiful!

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  5. I’m very cowardly when it comes to new and unusual foods, but in a fit of bravado many years ago I tried snails – they’re delicious! If they had a rubbery texture I wouldn’t be able to eat them, but they’re actually quite meaty. Smothered in garlic butter, YUM!

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  6. In college, over Spring Break, I had an island love affair on St. Thomas with a freelance photographer from Vermont.

    We went to a restaurant called . . . L’Escargot.
    He ordered for me ~ including an appetizer of snails.

    I refused to try them . . . until he made it worth my while. 😎

    They tasted like garlic butter.
    I can’t tell you anythihg about the texture.
    I swallowed them WHOLE.

    No way was I going to chew on Sid!

    Thanks for the shout out!

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  7. I have never tried snails, or had the opportunity to turn them down. I have eaten and enjoyed Calamari, I guess it is similar.. especially in that, if not cooked properly, it can be rubbery.

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  8. Lovely photos. I’ve never eaten snails. I love your description of the dinner at your daughter’s in-laws’ house!

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  9. Piglet these pictures are beautiful. The thought of eating one disgusts me—described perfectly by Lisa above! (I feel the same way about oysters and other slimy food too though.) I always thought mollusks only lived near water, but we have the terrestrial species here in the AZ desert too so I became fascinated with them. Masses of them emerge from the ground during monsoon, then hibernate underground until the next year.

    Spirals are a mystical wonder and an ancient and much-used art composition basic. And snails are very primitive yet complex creatures! Sid looks like a helix pomatia, which is a hermaphrodite, but they still need a long courtship with another snail!

    Thank you, I enjoyed the pictures and comments very much. If you know the exact taxonomy of Sid, let us know.

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  10. Oh, your snail is huge. I haven’t ate it. Because the dish is delicious, why we can’t let it alive in nature or let them as pets.

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  11. It’s a cultural thing!

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  12. Perhaps not surprisingly, since I live in the southwest of France, I love escargots. One of the more unusual (and delicious) treatments of them at a restaurant in Sarlat is to smother them in the usual mix of garlic, parsley and butter, but then add chopped confit of duck. I actually much prefer oysters, for all the variety of tastes of the sea that they offer, but snails are pretty darn good too.

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    • Hi Loren,
      When they add duck can you still detect you are eating snails? Perhaps if I did not know what I was eating I may actually be able to swallow one, just once! I’ve never tasted oysters, but I would like to try them perhaps next time we are in France.
      There is one thing about the French they have a real appreciation of good food and take the time to savour it. I love shopping round the markets in SW France it’s a real orgy of tastes and smells. I especially loved the Saturday market in Valence. there was a stall selling herb plants; it was amazing. I love the cheeses and bread and…and…you are so lucky to live there 🙂

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  13. Sid’s a handsome critter. I’m like you, I’d of moved him and spared his life. You have a good heart. 🙂
    Nope, I won’t eat the snails either. Yuck! :p

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  15. I get so many snails in my garden eating my plants, but I can´t bring myself to stomp on them, so I just put them in a plastic bag and throw them in the rubbish. It´s that or no vegetables or plants! I never had the guts to try them in Portugal, just as oysters, I think they must be very rubbery.
    As for squid, if well done it´s soft, not rubbery. I will be posting a squid recipe soon, I cooked it recently for lunch with South Africans friends and they all asked for the recipe.

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    • Hi Sami,
      I used to squash the snails so the birds could eat them :), but to be honest I don’t like to now. If I am gardening the blackbirds do tend to keep an eye on me to see which insects I discard!
      It will be interesting to see your squid recipe.

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  16. So, what DID happen next, PiP? Don’t keep us in suspense!

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  17. Hi Rose,
    That’s a bit of a challenge! How would you finish the story?

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  18. idalina da silva

    I much like the way the Portuguese cook these creatures that the French. I use to have “snails” cooked with “presunto”, heaps of garlik, tomatoes, toasted bread, and down with the help of pne or twocold “imperial” …the one in the photo is what we Portuguese call “caracoleta”… no thank you!

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  19. idalina da silva

    I much like the way the Portuguese cook these creatures than the French. I use to have “snails” cooked with “presunto”, heaps of garlik, tomatoes, toasted bread, and down with the help of one or two cold “imperial” …the one in the photo is what we Portuguese call “caracoleta”… no thank you!

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    • Hi idalina and welcome.

      I am a wimp and have never tried snail. the snails I have seen the Portuguese eat in the restaurants have been a lot smaller. PErhaps these are more edible? My friends had a plate of them but when I touched them they were iced cold. I would need to eat mine hot!

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  20. Hi there, have a good nosey around your blog – love it!!! A great read indeed!

    Not sure if this posted twice, but apologies if so 🙂 look forward to reading more!!

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  21. Ha, don’t tell my mum she’d be out with the salt and not for seasoning purposes…

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  22. Your humor/humour continues to make me smile, and Sid looks adorable on that lovely tile pattern. You’ve made my start today a good one!

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  23. very nice blog, great pics everywhere!

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  24. Ohhh, I love escargot!!! But your Sid is too cute to eat 🙂 Great pics PIP!!

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  25. hot & spicy…right up my alley..piri piri..gotta try this……I know very well the challenge of being in the midst of french snail eaters…thank you very much..i’d rather just enjoy the slimy feeling of them crawling up my arm…such precious creatures…. except when they munch on my young pumpkin plant…your phot is outstanding…would be an excellent graphic on a t-shirt or bohemian skirt…nice!!!!

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    • Hi,
      I like the idea of turning the design into a pattern for a skirt. the centre of the snail could become the waiste and the pattern and line of skirt go from there!

      Not sure I would like him crawling up my arm though 🙂

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  26. That is so adorable… and poor Sid was trying to get away. I grew up eating snails and they are quite delicious… I’m not kidding. We ate the large and small ones and they have a unique texture and taste… 🙂

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  28. Great photos of Sid! Like you, I could never eat snails!

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  29. As you know from our recent exchange on the Julia Child post I did for The Displaced Nation, there’s no way I’d eat snails. That said, I do admire your daughter for her fortitude and sense of humor. (Delia Smith feels the same way you and I do about snails, btw — hence her rather wonderful recipe for garlic mushrooms.)

    What I don’t get, though, is how you can give them names and take their photos. Gah! I just want to run away when I see them… Which is a bit silly, I’ll admit, given how slow moving they are…

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  30. PiP, Mr Nola and I are fans of the escargot drenched in butter and garlic…I really think its the butter and garlic no so much the…well you know..Sid. LOL!

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  31. Heh. Calamari tasted “like chewing on battered elastic bands”, to me, too. I’m a veggie, but I was in love then and had to, er, be polite? Kind? Prove myself to him? From the responses you received, I can see I’m not very cosmopolitan.

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  32. Hi Jan…what we do for love eh? SPirit Lights the Way ate snails due to love but swallowed them whole. I can’t even swallow tablets whole, yet alone a sanil LOL 🙂

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