Life at the end of the road

April 27, 2009

Two swallows and still no cuckoo!

Filed under: boats, daily doings — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 9:37 pm

Driech or dreich, nobody is absolutely sure how you spell it but everyone here knows just exactly what it means and today just about sums it up, damp, wet and miserable. I’m not going to beat about the bush today because it was uninspiring  and I want my bed so I’ll just post some pics and shut up 🙂

This was Glamaig wearing it’s wooly hat during a brief dry spell

This is the Serene about to unload prawns and the Loch Striven about to load cars

This was the highlight of my day, running out of pans to cook the squat lobster tails given us by the local fishing boat ‘Golden dawn’!

The ‘squattie secret’ or how to cook squat lobster

Squat lobsters are probably one of Scotland’s greatest seafood secrets with only a handful of restaurants serving them, the

http://www.kishornseafoodbar.co.uk/

in Kishorn being the only one I have experience of and they were divine, so If you ever see squatties on the menu go for it because they are far nicer and sweeter than prawns and they will be fresh. I say they’ll be fresh because that’s why they’ve never really caught on outside of the local markets because these wee long armed critters with the short tail go off very quickly and don’t freeze very well making them unpopular with processors. They are however divine when fresh and this bag full that the ‘Golden Dawn’ had left hanging from the pier ladder for us at lunch time were certainly that! Squat lobsters, squatties also go by the name of ‘spiney’s’ another reason why they are not popular with processors because tailing a box of them will wreck a pair of gloves or you finger ends but trust me it is well worth the effort. Once you have your bag of tails the best way to cook them is to boil a pan of water and a kettle, chuck the squatties in the pan then top it up to the brim with water from the kettle, give it a couple of minuets and drain off the water. Once youve done that chuck them in the sink and cool them down quickly with water from the tap as this will stop them cooking in their shells and going mushy. When they have cooled and draind shell them by ( and I wish I’d taken a pic ) picking them up in your left hand, lying the tail between your fore and index finger with the widest ( body bit ) facing your thumb then with  the thumb of your right hand press the tail at the base and force the meat out. Once you’ve done a few you’ll see what I mean and once you’ve tasted them you’ll never go back to prawns 🙂 That’s it for now I’m affraid. The last run from Sconser at 18:45 was empty so we headed straight back to our berth and much to all our surprise we saw two swallows darting around the pier which really puzzled me, why on earth would anyone want to leave the warmth of north Africa for a damp cold Raasay in April? and that was it really, I saw a couple of stags on the way home having a bit of a tussle

I know it’s a cr4p picture but it was raining, taken through the Land Rover window and a long way off, I don’t think they were being serious as I’ve seen these two doing this before. The far one being quite distinctive having only one antler.

I whistled at them and they briefly looked up at me before going back to whatever it was that they were doing!

6 Comments »

  1. Just amazing pics of “your” stags, being able to see them so often must be truly magical.
    Great stuff.
    I’m a seafood fan but those squatties sound like hard work to me!

    Comment by George Kershaw — April 27, 2009 @ 9:47 pm

  2. What`s the update on the car?

    Comment by Jean C — April 28, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  3. Sadly we don’t get so many squats down this way, they look superb…hope they task as good?

    jg

    Comment by jg — April 28, 2009 @ 10:28 am

    • Morning Andy, Simon and John,
      Seems like the squatties are catching on all over Scotland, we had ours with noodles for lunch which did not really do them justice but like I said they have to be eaten fresh and other things had to be eaten for dinner!

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — April 29, 2009 @ 5:09 am

  4. My mouth is watering at the sight of all those squats. I know of two other places that sell them regularly. The best of these is the Kylesku Hotel http://www.kyleskuhotel.co.uk/
    The other is the cafe on top of the ferry terminal in Tobermory (cant remember the name).
    Squats and Red Cuillin (the beer not the hills) are a match made in heaven.

    Comment by Simon — April 28, 2009 @ 11:41 am

  5. Had squaties at a hotel in Campbeltown once – beautiful! I’m starving at the thought!!!

    Comment by Andy — April 28, 2009 @ 7:58 pm


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