Apr 10, 2005, 2:59 PM
Post #19 of 22
I beg your pardon, Bubba, Michigan has been known to top the country as the fattest population, and not coincidentally we're the only state in the U.S. which has a state law against discrimination against fat people.
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And we grew up on tons of fish freshly-caught in our 10,000 lakes--I know, Minnesota has on its license plates that it's the land of 10,000 lakes, but Michigan has at least that, plus we're surrounded by the Great Lakes on all four sides (east and west coasts of the lower peninsula, north and south coasts of the upper peninsula).
I have a photograph of me with my first caught fish (a baby bluegill) at around age 3, and the only time you were absolutely sure to have your photo taken for the album was when you caught a fish. So I have stacks of faded photos of me at all ages with perch, sunfish, bass, rock bass, crappies, lake trout, whitefish, pickerel, walleye, catfish, a huge (inedible) dogfish and carp, and even northern pike. Never did catch a muskie, though that was a dream (my Dad's, too).
We fried them all.
Only when I hit LA did I learn you could bake, poach, steam and stuff fish with actual herbs and seasonings. And fish could go into tacos, or under pico de gallo and every kind of sauce. Don't even mention my ecstasy when I hit New Orleans.
Many restaurants in San Miguel serve fish in every cooking method, especially those places that cater to gringos. We buy red snapper whole and in fillets and fresh shrimp at stands at Tuesday Market, and plenty of Mexicans are lined up at the booths, too.
The first food I trusted to buy from a stand here was at Tuesday Market where I could see the cook take the small whole fish from ice, put into a wok of sizzling fat, take it out with tongs that had been submerged in that same boiling fat, and place it on a paper plate, so I could tell no germs could have survived that route. Delicious. It was mostly Mexicans who were buying that delicacy as well.
Oh, and Bubba, don't try to serve me no river rat fancied up with the name nutria as your mystery meat! I saw those 25-pound rats swimming in the bayous, lured to the tourist sightseeing boats with stale doughnuts tossed into the water by the Houma guides. Got pictures of them, too.
Hear tell somebody had the bright idea of cleansing the smelly Louisiana bayous by growing water hyacinths, which soon grew out of control and clogged the bayous.
So somebody had the even more brilliant idea of tossing in nutria to eat the hyacinths, only the nutria learned to prefer garbage and all those stale doughnuts.
So now you still have smelly bayous clogged with water hyacinths and overrun by fat river rats.
Doesn't matter, I love New Orleans, river rats and all.
Does anybody actually buy fur coats made of nutria skins? I hear some people try to sell them to the rich folks and say it's seal skin.