[Sca-cooks] chocolate covered baby frogs

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sat Jan 19 20:56:22 PST 2008

On Jan 19, 2008, at 11:00 PM, S CLEMENGER wrote:

> I can get chili/chipotle chocolate almonds at a local store.  The  
> chili provides a surprisingly minor note, but it's nice.
> I would imagine that the crunchy-ness of the Imported Iraqi Baby  
> Frogs would depend on the method in which they were processed before  
> the chocolate enrobing.  Right now, I'm visualizing Sandra's  
> confection as a chocolate-covered, amphibious version of balut  
> <shudder>.

I believe Sandra's confection may in fact be derived from a local  
Cambridge Circus speciality -- regional cuisine at its finest.

On the other hand, the only actual Iraqi frog presentation I can  
recall is a recipe in Calvin W. Schwabe's "Unmentionable Cuisine",  
which is for frog's legs marinated in olive oil with lots of crushed  
garlic and some pepper, then grilled over an olive-wood fire, basted  
with the marinade, then lemon and, I think, parsley added.

I confess it sounds a lot better to me.

The shame of it, my son's pet frogs are such nice, inoffensive kids as  
a rule, and excellent judges of character, too. Guaranteed to jump  
onto the face of an evildoer and cling like an alien face-hugger with  
their damp, cold-blooded butts on the malefactor's nose. If they  
happen to have any icy-cold bodily fluids to spare, it's traditional  
for them to emerge at around this time. One of them, in particular,  
has a habit of using the lower lip of his screaming victim as a step- 
stool, getting his toes in the victim's mouth.

When you get your @$$ kicked by a three-inch frog, it stays kicked.

Unfortunately, they're also rather toxic, so we couldn't eat them even  
if we wanted to. But we'd never do that; who'd make loud croaking  
noises at 3:30 AM on summer nights, waking and annoy our upstairs  
neighbors, if we didn't have them?


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