Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bull Frogs

I love frog legs. They taste like something  between chicken and fish.

We had a bull frog scare a few years back here in BC.
 Someone let some frogs go near a bog and as they are voracious eaters, people began to worry what they would do to our bog ecology. This was in 2008 so I don't know what happened since then.

These frogs can grow to the size of a dinner plate and provide a lot of meat from one frog.
Bullfrogs are carnivorous and will eat newly hatched goslings, ducklings, fish, native frogs, kittens, mice, garter snakes, the rare native pygmy rabbit which thrives on our farm, turtles, any other amphibian, any rodent it can get into it's mouth.
A tadpole can be as long as a mans hand.

But I wondered how they went about killing a frog to prepare it for eating.
What they do to make it humane, is to take the frog by the legs and smash its head on a rock till its' tongue sticks out. This is how you know it's dead.
Then you cut around the neck line and gently pull the skin off with pliers.
Then you cut off the head and feet.Some entrails should come out with the head.
Then you cut through the stomach and take everything else out which leaves you quite a lot of frog to make tons of dishes with.

In Louisiana frogs are a delicacy and they cook them cajun style .
Rayne, Louisiana, is known as the Frog Capital of the World.
But here in BC we like them the French style way of cooking and we only eat the legs.
 French and Cantonese cuisine knows frog legs are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and potassium. It is seen as a poor mans food but soo expensive at a good restaurant
I.n the early 20th century frogs legs were considered a disgusting food by the British. Escoffier, while chef at the Carlton Hotel in London, had them accepted by no other than the Prince of Wales by listing them on the menu as 'cuisses de nymphes aurore', or legs of the dawn nymphs.

Well ..... if it's good enough for the Prince of Wales then........

  1. Clean the frog legs and chop off the end (opposite side of the legs)
  2. Heat the clarified butter in a skillet
  3. Dredge the frog legs in flour
  4. Sauté in the hot butter, flipping them until golden on both sides
  5. Add the garlic and spread delicately all over the legs
  6. Add the chopped cilantro and do the same
  7. Cover the skillet and cook an additional 5 minutes
  8. Serve hot. Eat with your fingers. 
  9. Have a good one :)


Diana said...

I haven't had Frog Legs for years! Over twenty years ago when we lived in Chicago.
They are so delicious!! Very interesting video, I had no idea.
Love Di ♥

A Lady's Life said...

Diana I think they are soo good .
I havent eaten them either in a long time.People who need food could think about having some fun hunting for them.
Apparently there is also a squirrel
recipe available in Louisiana.

I ate rabbits in My Mom's great sauce.
First we fried the meat then it was stewed in tomato and onion sauce. It turned out sooo good but my family, once they find out it's a rabbit, refuse to eat it.
They also refuse to eat carp which is another delicious fish to eat cold, cooked in tomato and onion sauce.Well I can understand the carp cause it's a bottom feeder and all the pollution settles at the bottom.

Rob-bear said...

Frogs legs. You've given me far more information than I want to know. Seems like a lot of work for not very much, if you eat only the legs. A significant waste.

Rabbit and fish (probably even carp) I could handle. I've never tired hasenpfeffer, but I understand it is quite good.

I'm sure that, here on the dusty prairies, we've got recipes for gophers, or ground squirrels, or whatever.

A Lady's Life said...

The thing is Rob Bear.
Most of this food nature provides can't be eaten anymore due to all the run off waste from farms.

They all have to be grown artificially or on animal farms to be edible.or maybe if they are found in unpopulated areas not poisoned by man.
Thats why we cringe when people still go duck hunting bear hunting or even moose and deer hunting because we don;t know what they eat.
We had an overpopulation explosion of rabbits in Victoria,bc, but no one said anything about catching them for food.
Its a shame really with so many homeless people around.

Zuzana said...

Oh, what a fun post! We had bull frogs in ponds in NC when I lived there, I even recall some were used in some studies at the university.;)
I had frog legs loooong time ago when I was a child. I recall going frog hunting with my parents and their friends and crying my eyes out when they killed the fogs. It was awful and left me with terrible memories. But I recall enjoying the meat very much later on, so that made it a bit easier.;)
Btw, the bullfrogs can eat kittens, how terrible.;))
Have a great weekend,

Akelamalu said...

What an interesting post! I've never had frogs legs, not sure I fancy them really.

Gattina said...

Frog legs are a delicacy in France and Belgium, but it comes from tiny frogs so you have to eat at least 6 or 7 usually as starter. I don't eat them anymore since I heard that they pull out the legs from the living frog and I found this so cruel and disgusting. Maybe now it has changed, but I wouldn't even think of eating them again ! I then prefer snails.

A Lady's Life said...

Gattina - I saw a Filipino video and you are right. After they cut off the head feet and skin them, they are still alive.They don't care about the suffering of the frog.
The way another video showed it, they were dead.You need to bang their heads till the tongues come out.

A Lady's Life said...

Zuzana - I saw my Dad kill a squirrel and it suffered dying after falling a good 40 feet from a huge tree.
My Dad watched too and saw my eyes. It was murder. One minute the squirrel was happy and next moment it was dead.It was not a joyful experience.
My Dad never shot anything again.
That's why I don't like hunting till today (unless you need food that is).
We just had a bear eat a man in a hot tub in Whistler, BC. He came up from behind and grabbed him.
That's life I guess.

A Lady's Life said...

Akelamalu - You would love them. They are very tasty