Gee, Thanks

18 Nov

I went up and watched two of the local great-grandkids the other day, and as I was leaving, our daughter handed me a plastic bag – “for Daddy”.

Two soft crabs, ready to fry.

This is a Maryland delicacy, but neither The Squire nor I enjoy them. When he first came to Baltimore, a dear naïve young man from the hills of North Carolina, a bunch of fellows from his office invited him to join them for dinner. The Squire had no idea what to order, so he suggested the others order for him while he went to the restroom. “Surprise me.” You can imagine his reaction when his meal arrived and he found they’d ordered a soft crab sandwich! A huge spider, all elbows, hanging over the bread. Worse yet, when he lifted the lid on his sandwich the spider was glaring at him!

Although Isoftcrab enjoy hard crabs – and The Squire also likes those – I’m not overly fond of soft crabs, either. Mind you, I like oysters in any form, even raw, but no soft crabs, thank you very much.  I think it’s something you have to grow up eating to really appreciate it.

Sort of akin to eating the lamb’s eyeball. Or escargot.

4 Responses to “Gee, Thanks”

  1. AJ November 18, 2017 at 3:53 am #

    Wow! I love crab but I’ve never even heard of soft crab. It doesn’t look very appetizing and we’re taught from early on to only eat crab with nice hard shells!

    • thisendoftheswamp November 18, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

      I agree with you! Crabs are only “soft” in the short period of time after they have shed their shells. If a crabber spots a “peeler” in his pot, he will put it in a holding tank until it has molted, and then market it as “soft”. The entire shell is edible at this stage. It’s really pretty grody, if you ask me.

      • AJ November 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

        That does sound gross! Think I’ll stick with eating my hard shell crab!

  2. Lucie November 18, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Eww! Yuck!

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