On this date, back in 1931 Canned rattlesnake goes on sale. Packed by George K. End of Arcadia, Florida. Not quite as big a hit as Spam. (source foodreference.com)

I’ve really got nothing to say about canned rattlesnake, but I am curious as to whether it is still available, perhaps Nancy can tell me? And how, I wonder, would one eat it? On a slice of bread, like canned pilchards? I once ate eel in Germany, it had been presented on a platter, prepared in various ways; roasted, in aspic and chopped (like herring) in a vinegary salad. None of them moved me in any way.

Back to my bottle of ginger liqueur, I spent yesterday experimenting with recipes. I baked some golden pears in the liqueur, made a batch of ginger biscuits and added a tablespoon of NoMU drinking chocolate to my whipped cream. A very nice dessert, but – when I make it again – I will reduce the quantities to a half a pear per person; it is an extremely rich dish.

Not so the cocktails I made; the ginger square was no joke and the addition of iced tea rendered a very refreshing drink. Both were moreish, but – packing a whopping 30% alcohol per volume – we restrained ourselves. After all, if the world was going to end, we didn’t want to pitch up drunk at the pearly gates …


I’m a bit behind my work deadline.
Have enjoyed my husband’s company this weekend, our daughter has been away and it has been fun to engage with one another. No guilt, we deserve it occasionally.
I’m meeting radio personality and writer, Jenny Crwys-Williams, on Wednesday.


53 Comments Add yours

  1. Tilly Bud says:

    That first photo hurts my teeth. How are you not the size of a house?

    Can I have some?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, come on over 🙂

  2. Leeswammes says:

    That dessert looks wonderful. It’s great that you have the imagination to create your own dishes!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Makes me happy 🙂

  3. the zip up for iced tea sounds great

    i think i’ll pass on the rattlers if you don’t mind

  4. earlybird says:

    If you ever get the chance to try smoked eel, I really recommend it – the ones I had came from Denmark. Also Unagi Sushi – eel sushi… mmmm – the eel is cooked and glazed.

    Ginger and pears is good and yours looks totally and completely delicious.

  5. souldipper says:

    The dessert looks divine, Cin. Quite right – 1/2 shares would be ample!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m tweaking it a bit, will post another version soon 🙂

  6. Ick! Smoked eel – too dreadful to imagine, but on the other hand enjoying one’s Mr takes my fancy a bit 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was a super weekend 🙂

  7. granny1947 says:

    Am busy trying to get a cup of ginger and honey down…don’t know what i did wrong but it is disgusting!
    I love smoked eel…also crumbed eel…also eel in jelly…actually…I think I like eel.

  8. mairedubhtx says:

    The pears and biscuits look delicious.

  9. Colleen says:

    Beautiful post. Loving the pears. Funnily enough I also poached yesterday. I will give both rattlers and eels a miss thanx 🙂 You totally need time out together with hubby sometimes. It is essential for a happy marriage. Enjoy the Jenny meeting. Hugs xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Colly 🙂 xxx

  10. Good to see Spam got a mention 🙂 Amazing what you did with these ingredients,Cindy! It looks mouth-watering and the cocktail has inspired me to look out our shaker…could be fun…

    Glad you’ve had a good weekend. And the celeb sounds fab! Exciting!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I never had a shaker, methinks it’s time to invest in one 🙂

  11. slpmartin says:

    Desseart looks wonderful…but cannot afford to spend that much time in the gym working off the weight. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Small bites, Charlie 😉

  12. Pseu says:

    I approve of spousal engagement, but I see it didn’t stop you cooking as well. Could I have the gingered pears without the biscuits, please? Oooh!
    Another idea…. pears dipped in dark chocolate after gingered cooking?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cracking good idea, Pseu 🙂

  13. Linda says:

    You are so funny!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Funny haha, I hope? 🙂

  14. nrhatch says:

    You have mentioned a few things I have never been inclined to try. Namely, rattlesnake & eel. The specific presentation does not enter into the decision.

    Here are a few other Tidbits that don’t seem Tantalizing: Tails, Tongue, Toenails, Tigers, Terrapins, Testicles, and Tentacles. 😉

    The drinks and dessert, in contrast, seem decadent and delcious. Drink up!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Erm, your list of tidbits is disgusting 🙂

  15. deepercolors says:

    I hear they used to hunt rattlesnake in Oklahoma. Never tried it though. I hear it tastes like chicken (doesn’t everything.)

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, yes everything, including rabbit and frogs legs 😉

  16. The dessert looks really yummy. I love pears and ginger. How could I not like it? And ginger biscuits with whipped cream. I’m glad that cyber snacking isn’t fattening. Ha! Blessings to you, my gourmet friend.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Back at you, Carol, have a great week. xxx

  17. nursemyra says:

    Ginger biscuits and whipped cream? The only thing better than that is pavlova.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll make a pavlova for you soon and post it, Myra 🙂

  18. U luv your hubs AND like him. So sweet

    1. theonlycin says:

      Although he sometimes makes me madder than a rattlesnake 😉

  19. What a fun time you have been having in the kitchen with brilliant results but the best part is having special time with your hubby.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m loving my life 🙂

  20. libraryscene says:

    seriously…I wish to try those cocktails, yum! (besides, alcohol consumption increases as the library goes nutters once our summer starts)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Strange, I’d have thought people do more reading in the winter?

  21. BB says:

    I just love poached/baked pears! I use them often instead of apples in a baked apple tart recipe as well. Yumm!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pear tarte next on my list 🙂

  22. Tandy says:

    so nice you and hubby could get some time alone together 🙂 Enjoy Jenny!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am going to, can’t wait 🙂

  23. Liane says:

    Sounds like you had a pleasant weekend: good food and quality time in good company 🙂 Have a great week; sounds like it is going to be busy with a touch of excitement. Enjoy!

  24. bluebee says:

    Those cocktails look most inviting

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks bb, they were yummy 🙂

  25. Naomi says:

    Beautiful, Cindy, you’re an artist 🙂 I’m totally in for that 30% iced tea, and super cool that you’re meeting Jenny Crwys-Williams today. Enjoy!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I had to cancel because my MIL has a doctor’s appointment 😦

  26. Could the doctor not understand? Could MIL not understand?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I didn’t even tell MIL, she just cries all the time these days about ‘being a burden’.

  27. Jamie Dedes says:

    The iced tea sounds good. Not from that part of the U.S. that indulges in rattler!!! Always sounded a bit bazaar to me, though I am game to try pretty much anything. Now eels are a different story. Husband was Italian so eel was one of the many fish dishes we served on Christmas Eve every year. Not bad. We always had octopus as well, though the rest of the year I lean nore toward squid.

    Will have to serve that tea one of these days …

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love octopus and squid 🙂

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