Crawfish season hit in January but if you eat the little mud bug you know you have to wait til the end of February, early March to get the really big ones! I will say this is a very hard thing to do. You can't leave your house without seeing signs for live or cooked crawfish. All the restaurants and local farms as well as your neighbors have handwritten signs in front of their homes.
I have always been a little iffy about crawfish. I know I love the taste and I know I love the past time and memories I share with family and friends eating the delicious little critter. But a few years back I was watching the Discovery Channel and they were doing a segment on crawfish and lobster. So of course Garrett wanted to watch. He is a Discover, History, travel and National Geographic buff. He absolutely loves it so of course he stopped. They ended up saying...wait for it...they are from the same family as cockroaches?!?!?!? EWWWWWW right? If you know me at all or even if you don't know me you can tell by my response that I am deathly afraid and grossed out by cockroaches.
So, for about 2 years i wouldn't go near the disgusting crawdad's. I would physically get sick when I saw people eat them. For another year I got better. I would even get braise enough to touch and then try to peel them. But, the feeling of the legs and eww it freaked me out!
It made me realize that parents can get their children to eat anything if they bring them up eatting it. For all I know my parents could have fed me spiders growing up and I would see it as normal. Which I know all children are different and can have their own tastes. But, when one thing comes along and shows you what you are eating or kind of opens your eyes to your culture. Not many people go threw this they just continue to think its normal but truly crawfish are so gross to eat if you think about it. You are eating a cockroach of the sea.
Needless to say i finally got back into eating crawfish this year. The look and feel of them can still freak me out if I pay too much attention. I have learned not to look down or inspect them. I peel them really fast ... if I do say so myself. But, since I started I cannot get enough! I have has it twice in a little over a week. This picture I am sharing with you was my first time eatting them in years. I was at my sisters house. Which, by the way, crawfish is so much better in a house vs. a restaurant. I ate with Erin (my sister), my mom and Garrett (my husband). It just brings you back and it allows you to chat alot while you eat! If you have had crawfish before you know pealing is a process, unless your a pro but either way it leaves alot of time for talking and remenising.
I hate that so many years went by without that experience But, you know what they say, "Better late then never!" I hope you go out and try crawfish and I hope I didn't gross you out too bad but I needed to let my story be told! The season is at its peak right now and it really is a great way to get a feel for Louisiana culture.
The reason why I am talking about this with you is because Garrett and I went on out first official date night. Yes we have been together for 7 1/2 years and we finally are starting. It is kind of silly but I like it! Any ways I love you guys and I hope you are having a wonderful end to your February and beginning of your March! Today is the last day of Love Month. But don't forget no matter what month it is you can always share and spread the love!