We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Regular readers know that we love turtles here at Maggie's Farm. All sorts of 'em - turtles, tortoises, sea turtles. We think that turtles are cute, cuddly, witty critters, created by a humorous, inventive God to feed, amuse, charm, and fascinate us.
I do not know whether Arnaud's exists post-Katrina (which Bush and Rove caused, don't forget), but they made a fine Green Turtle soup. I had a clear Turtle Soup once, and I would not boycott it (what good would that dumb, self-congratulatory, pointless thing do?), and it was good - but not so good that I would kill a turtle for it. Mock Turtle Soup is at least as good, if not better. Turtle Soup can be clear, like consomme, or full of stuff.
In addition, turtles can teach us a lesson about the economics of conservation, especially sea turtles.
One of our favorite blogs, Brussels Journal, took the time to post this piece on turtle conservation, about how some conservation methods can endanger species, which begins thus:
If people were not allowed to own chickens and if chicken eggs and meat could not be legally sold, how many chickens would there be? The reason chickens, cattle, catfish, and goldfish are not endangered is because they are owned by private parties, bred and raised in captivity, and sold for commercial profit – hence there are billions of these animals. The poor sea turtle is endangered precisely because the global environmental lobby refuses to let sea turtles be commercially farmed and marketed.
Four decades ago, you might well have bet that Cayman would eventually be known best for its turtle farms, rather than as a tourist destination and one of the world’s largest financial centers, but economically ignorant environmentalists, who tell us they love sea turtles, have ensured there will be fewer of them.
Image: A Green Sea Turtle - a species we would far rather see than eat. But we would eat them, without hesitation, if presented to us at table. We like a nice light red with turtle.
I am absolutely disgusted and appalled to read that human being actually have the audacity to eat turtles. I think these so called chefs should be cut up boiled and cooked themselves. These murders’s should not only be ashamed of their actions, but should be fined and prosecuted for their disgraceful mortifying behavior. I only hope you murders are stopped so this carnage of endangered species can be executed. In fact I am going to make it my personnel duty to set up a campaign to see it is stopped!!!
I am disgusted that people take innocent young plants and cut them down in the prime of their life.
Or kill them to get at their young, who get ground up and turned into dust that's then cooked and boiled so people can eat them.
Child murder on an industrial scale, so large in fact they need huge machines to perpetrate the mass murder of billions and billions of defenseless plants every year in the US alone.
Those responsible should be forced to undergo the same!
Yes, Arnaud's still exists: http://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/
But in this N'Awlns boy's opinion, the best turtle soup is at Mandina's, a neighborhood haunt on Canal Street: http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/. Try it with the traditional shot of sherry in the soup. There is no better reason for a turtle to expire.
charlotte: Only some species of turtle are endangered. We don't eat those. But if it crawls, slithers, swims, creeps, trots, flies, and has meat on it, we Coon-asses got a recipe for it. It's called living with nature, cher. If eating a turtle horrifies, never, ever, ever, eat real boudin.
Hate to disagree with my brother, but I do think Arnaud's is best. But he is correct that turtle soup just ain't right without the sherry.
Oh Charlotte - Animal products provide around 20% of calories to humans world wide. If we had your wish, and all animal products were banned, you would be dooming over 10% of the world population to starvation.
So please try to justify your desire for genocide, and child starvation. WWII only killed 50 or 60 million. You want to kill 600 million. You are probably the most absolutely evil individual I have ever come across.
PS Audubon Zoo in New Orleans posts recipes next to the exhibits.
I've always felt a lleetle tetchy about eating turtle soup, especially since the traditional recipe on the Northern Neck of Virginia is to start the poor devils in a pot of cold water, put it on the flame and gradually turn up the heat until they are nicely cooked. The result, however, is delicious, with the traditional spot of sherry added. And the human race in its natural state is carnivorous, after all.
P.S. One of the things that does bother me is that human vegetarians and vegans feed their pet dogs and cats vegetarian food. For goodness sakes, do some research, folks. Dogs and cats are what the scientists call "obligate carnivores." They need to eat meat for health! And survival.
Or lobster. Or crawfish. Or clams. Or oysters. Or for goodness sakes, think what a frog goes through to get frog legs! At least we pithed the frog before cutting the legs off. Or that poor fish, yanked from the warm ocean and slapped down on cold ice. Poor thing. It sure did look good on the plate though. How about poor Peter cotton tail? Cut down in his prime by 12gauge pellets. Or poor Bob White, shot out of the air by the 4-10. Oh, for heavens sakes... how about Bambi! Tsk, tsk. Some several hundred thousand harvested in Illinois last year..... that does not count the ones slaughtered on the highway. I think all those people in Illinois should just move to Indiana and leave the cornfields to their exploding population.....
All this talk about cooked live seafood has made me hungry... I think I'll go slap my ribs on the charcoal (since that's what I'm having tonight anyway....)
I just thought "barking moonbat". Sounded a bit like my youngest sister......
P.S. makes me wonder whatever happened to the snark of the merc? Living down as he does in the keys, being a bit closer to the ocean than most of the rest of us. He get banned by way of the subject matter during BD's hiatus?