Evening all, hope you have had a great weekend!
This post will probably be a little like my Octopus recipe not to everyone’s taste that’s for sure but hey lets give it a bash you never know you might get to try them one day and at least you will know how to cook them!!
While I was in the Outer Hebrides last week, I spent a glorious afternoon at the seashore searching for fresh winkles. They are found down by the seashore among the rocks and rock pools. Winkles or Peri-winkles as they are sometimes called are small edible sea snails found along the rocky shores of Scotland. They have a delicate flavour and are low in fat and high in protein. Known as buckies in the North East of Scotland they are mostly exported to Europe and Asia as they are not eaten much in the UK anymore. They are considered a delicacy in African and Asian cuisine. They are admittedly very fiddly to eat and it is maybe the look of them that puts people off but I think they are delicious!
To cook either boil them very rapidly in the seawater you collected them in or give them a clean in salted cold water then place in a pan of boiling salted water for 3-5 mins.
I’m going to be honest with you eating winkles is probably more of a chore than any meal ever should be, however it is worth it! You will need a long needle or pin to get the meat out of the shell and the only part that is not edible is the little round disc at the top, it will come off easily just discard it.
You can eat them plain as above and are great along with bread and butter or dipped in a little vinegar.
Or you could fry them off in a little butter/garlic/chilli etc.
I am sure all around the world they cook them in different variations but I grew up eating them plain and simple straight from the shell.
Simple and delicious enjoy!