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Invasive Species Restaurants

Eating for a healthier environment and a healthier self
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Invasive species are a growing environmental threat worldwide. Recent examples (where I live) include the Snakehead Fish, and the Flying Fish. My government is trying to poison the Snakehead out of existence with limited success while killing everything else in the process. The Flying fish is now abundant in waterways too large to poison. My solution – culinary. These fish have not been eaten here historically, but that’s only because they haven’t been here until recently. They are delicacies elsewhere. Snakehead is a delicacy in China and Steamed Flying Fish with Coo-Coo (a food) is the national dish of Barbados.

I’m sending out a team of biologists and fishermen to cull these fish populations. The catches will be distributed fresh to my restaurants where they will be prepared in accordance with the whimsical desires and discerning palettes of any nationality.

In time, the successful culling will be recognized, in demand, and out of necessity - government funded. Next… There are many other items that belong on my menu. The invasive plant salad, and breads – coming right up Sir / Ma’am…

<links to recipes for the fish mentioned, and a link to the Global Invasive Species Database>

I’m wide open to suggestions for restaurant name and menu item names. As good as it may taste, nobody is going to say “Honey, lets go out for some Snakehead at the Invasive tonight”.

Shz, Jan 03 2003

Snakehead Cuisine http://www.nicemeal...food/seafood14.html
[Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Flying Fish Cuisine http://www.flyingfish.co.nz/recipes.php
[Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Global Invasive Species Database http://www.issg.org/database/welcome/
[Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Goose Cuisine http://christmas.al...rispyRoastedGse.asp
For bliss [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Squirrel Cuisine http://dnausers.d-n...U/fad/squirrel5.txt
For po [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Rat Cuisine http://www.congocookbook.com/c0173.html
For snarf. Scroll to "Rats in the Mood" [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

zebra mussels http://www.seagrant...etwork/exotics.html
for Shz [po, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Fishbone – an essential ingredient http://chinesefood....eekly/aa072800a.htm
For IVnick8or [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Pigeon Cuisine http://fooddownunde...search.cgi?q=pigeon
For Sleepy [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Ant Dessert http://www.mckandy.com/items/1982
For reensure [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Frog Cuisine http://recipes.stemilt.net/recipe.php3
For madradish [Shz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       Grey Squirrel Kebab shops in the UK then.
po, Jan 03 2003

       An extra yummy seasonally relevant preparation just for you bliss. <link>
Shz, Jan 03 2003

       Fabulous squirrel dishes just for you po. <link>
Shz, Jan 03 2003

       But all we have extras of in New York are rats and roaches! *Sniff*   

       Do I *have* to finish them, Mommy?
snarfyguy, Jan 03 2003

       Zebra are not invasive.   

       Prepared especially for you snarf. <link>
Shz, Jan 03 2003

       I'm sure hunting flying fish with a gun of some kind would be great sport.
notme, Jan 03 2003

       linky [Shz] are you a cook?
po, Jan 03 2003

       Mussels.....My mistake. I already eat those - I just steam them. I’d be more than happy to send out a team to collect (control) them. Dip them in melted butter – they are very very tasty.   

       I guess you could say I’m a cook, although that’s not my profession. I just enjoy it.
Shz, Jan 03 2003

       <answer expired> po, I hope you had the chance to read it.
Shz, Jan 03 2003

       nope, I give up. you may need to write.
po, Jan 03 2003

       I'm not very hungry, I'll just have the Kudzu salad.
friendlyfire, Jan 03 2003

       Same deal with kudzu - other places they think the stuff is delicious.   

       //Yeah but how *do* they taste?//   

       Like chicken.
rowlycat, Jan 04 2003

       Yum - chinese mitten crab on a bed of steamed donkey rhubarb............
CheeseFilteredCigarette, Jan 04 2003

       Thanks for the fishbone 4nick. It’s required for the preparation of your dish. Enjoy! <link>
Shz, Jan 04 2003

       Seagull egg omelette, anyone?
egbert, Jan 06 2003

       This could work. In my neck of the woods, they say "an animal is put on the endangered list the moment the Chinese consider it a delicacy" (translated from the original Chinese)   

       I propose Crown-of-Thorns Starfish soup. They have taken over many tropical reefs (esp. in Australia) and scour all the coral polyps before they move on.
FloridaManatee, Jan 06 2003

       I like the idea but I'm not going to start eating Cane Toads anytime soon.
madradish, Jan 06 2003

       Humans seem pretty invasive to me - and that's not just George W and his cronies.
PeterSilly, Jan 06 2003

       The subject is to do with species that take over and dominate areas of the planet that they originally had nothing to do with. Ecologically that is exactly what humans do, and we do it very well. I'm not advocating cannabalism, merely encouraging others to think a little deeper. In the same way, I don't think [UB] is really encouraging people to cook rats or toads - but you never know.   

       <edited to remove references to sleepy's question>
PeterSilly, Jan 06 2003

       Lobster used to be served in US prisons, since nobody else would touch it.
whimsickle, Jan 06 2003

       Afters for [reensure]. <link> These are free to all customers.
Shz, Jan 06 2003

       Mighty scrumptious madradish! You should try it. <link>
Shz, Jan 06 2003

       [Admin] References to sleepygrass removed, with apologies. I was aware that I had upset her by suggesting a magnetron instead of a gun-turret and had wrongly assumed she was a moderator after she explained the site's strict cruelty-free policy to me.   

       Hope she'll forgive me.
FloridaManatee, Jan 06 2003

       Bring on the chocolate coated killer bumble bees.   

       Might as well start eating them, and maybe build up a tolerance, before they make it all the way north to Canada and find their way into my igloo.   

       [waugs], I hope that site is not for real, though it appears to be. Not sure I really want to know. Those are non-invasive species (some pets, and some endangered).
Shz, Jan 07 2003

       Aaargh! Komodo Dragon – ever see “The Freshman” - Matthew Broderic?
Shz, Jan 07 2003

       Thanks [Shz], but I'm still not convinced.
madradish, Jan 07 2003

       I love flying fish roe on sushi. YUM !!!
Japanese_Coffee, Feb 25 2004

       Fantastically conceived, and would raise awareness of an important issue. A croissant is not enough.
GutPunchLullabies, Jul 07 2004

       Dandelions are a weed in the U.S. They are also safe to eat, and taste pretty good if you ask me.
macncheesy, Jul 07 2004


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