Australian Search Party - A Record Of Discovery, Geography, And Adventure By Charles Henry Eden

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I Have Tried Boiling Them, Heaping Them In The Sun, And Various Other Methods, But This Is Undoubtedly The Best.

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Should it ever fall to the lot of any of my readers to have to cook periwinkles - and there are many worse things, when you are certain of their freshness - let them remember that they should be boiled in 'salt water'. This is to give them toughness; if fresh water is used, however expert the operator may be with his pin, he will fail to extract more than a moiety of the curly delicacy. These little facts, though extraneous to our subject, are always worth knowing.

At one end of Garden Island, and distant from it about 200 yards, stands a very singular rock, of a whitish hue, and when struck at a certain angle by the sun, so much resembling the canvas of a vessel, that it was named the "Sail Rock." At low tide this could be reached by wading, the water being little more than knee-deep. Its base was literally covered with oysters of the finest quality. The mere task of getting there was one of considerable difficulty, for the rock was as slippery as glass, and whenever you got a fall - which happened on an average every five minutes - bleeding hands and jagged knees bore testimony to a couch of growing bivalves being anything but as soft as a feather bed; also the oysters cling so fast that they might be taken for component parts of the rock, and only a cold chisel and mallet will induce them to relinquish their firm embrace.

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