Jabberwocky for 2005 October 18 (entry 0)

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[Comments] (5) Grenouille: I'm reading one of Rachel's travel books; this one is about France. In a little town in France, they have an annual Frog Festival at which everyone stuffs themselves with frog legs. A Mademoiselle Grenouille is elected. The criteria on which the girls are judged is the same as for the frogs: the thighs must be firm and succulent. The girl with thighs most like those of a perfect frog wins the crown.

This writer went to a snail festival too. Frog legs and snails are two of the things I will never eat. The snails because I kill snails every day, and they have this unpleasant combination of crunchiness, ooziness, and slime. The frogs because of Louie.

When we lived out in the country, we had for a while a mascot who lived in the swimming pool, Louie Grenouille. He was huge and beautiful and even quite tame. The kids used to float around with Louie riding on their stomachs. It was a sad, sad, day when Louie Grenouille got sucked into the pool filter. Of course, being the mommy, I had to do the dirty work and take the filter apart to scrape Louie hamburger off every working part. I will never get over that.


Posted by John at Tue Oct 18 2005 15:38

Snails actually taste good with some bruschetta. I was surprised. But once every 10 years or so is plenty.

Posted by Frances at Tue Oct 18 2005 16:52

I say let's just put the garlic butter on bread and be done with it.

Posted by Rachel at Tue Oct 18 2005 23:46

I dont remember floating around with louie on my stomach. I think you may have made that up. That book actually made me feel willing to try escargot & frog legs. I ate the pickled tongue at chalet basque, who knows! I am getting so adventourous, maybe someday i will even like onions.

Posted by Susie at Wed Oct 19 2005 07:22

I don't remember floating around with a frog on my stomach either. But Elizabeth did put a frog down my bathing suit once. It wasn't Louie though - too small.

I must agree about putting garlic butter on the bread - that's all escargot is. Snails soaked in garlic butter.

Posted by Frances at Wed Oct 19 2005 15:56

I distinctly remember Leonard and his friends floating with the frog. Oh, Louie was a beautiful frog.

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