Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things I learned while working at a nursing home in Coastal Carolina

  • Types of boats, including sail boats, "T" tops, schooners.
  • Ways to catch seafood: clamming and flounder gigging. I asked my patient how to know where to go clamming, the response: it's a guess. To gig a flounder, from what I can gather, you wade in the water and try to sneak up on a flounder and then "gig it" which apparently means to spear it.
  • Ways to prepare seafood:

    • Conch stew. You can apparently get the conch removed from the shell by boiling it or just sticking it in the freezer. Conch Stew, depending on where you eat it may have a variety of other seafood and veggies in it. None of the ladies I spoke to had made it themselves, they just new how to evacuate the conch from the shell.
    • Steamed Crabs: Place live crabs on a wire rack above a pan. Cover with one can of beer and lots of Old Bay, making sure the crabs don't pinch you or roam off the tray (this sounds to be the tricky part). Cover the pan, cook on the stove top. When you notice that the crabs are no longer clawing to get out, begin your kitchen timer for about 10 minutes or so. Eat up!


Rebecca said...

So, when you freeze the conch, does the animal crawl out of the shell looking for warmth? Or do you just shake it out after it's all frozen?

Good luck with everything on your plate the next few weeks - don't forget to relax! (If you haven't done so by the time we're there, we'll be sure to help you).

WanderingGirl said...

You also learned that crab-leg moustaches are always funny... but that may NOT have come from a nursing home!