Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Shellshocked Movie Screening Winthrop July 17th, North End Library July 18th

Mass Oyster Sponsors Documentary Film Showing- Shellshocked

The Massachusetts Oyster Project will be presenting SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves.  The film follows efforts to prevent the extinction of wild oyster reefs, which keep our oceans healthy by filtering water and engineering ecosystems. Today, because of overfishing and pollution, wild oyster reefs have been declared 'the most severely impacted marine habitat on Earth' and no longer play a role in their ecosystems. Now scientists, government officials, artists and environmentalists are fighting to bring oysters back.

While the film is based in NY, the lessons and issues are directly applicable to Massachusetts harbors and estuaries, many of which once held significant oyster populations, perhaps most notably the State’s most urban harbor, Boston.
Documentary Film Maker Emily Driscoll

On July 18th the film will be shown at 6:30 in the North End Public Library at 25 Parmenter Street, Boston. Immediately following the showing there also will be a discussion with Director Emily Driscoll, Dr. AnaMarija Frankic, UMass Boston Faculty and Director of the Green Harbors Project, and Author Erin Byers Murray, who chronicled a year of working at Island Creek Oysters in Duxbury in her book Shucked. She will be signing books as well. The event is Free!

Erin Byers Murray at work with the oysters.

Shucked The book everyone is talking about.

On July 17th the film will be shown in conjunction with the Friends of the Belle Isle Marsh at 7:00 at the Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop.The Club is located at 76 Orlando Avenue.  Immediately following the showing there also will be a discussion with Director Emily Driscoll, Dr. AnaMarija Frankic, UMass Boston Faculty and Director of the Green Harbors Project,  The event is Free and fresh oysters and adult beverages will be available for purchase. 

A Great Oyster Omelet

When you buy oysters buy the 100 and you have a small family, sometimes you have more oysters than can be consumed on the half shell. Thus I frequently, bring oysters to friends when we go for dinner or cocktails. Even so, we sometimes have oysters on ice seeking a home. Thus, after a bit of refinement, I have developed the perfect oyster omelet.

     7 oysters
     3 duck eggs 

     Shuck the oysters.
     Place oysters and oyster liquid together into a bowl.
     Break the three eggs in the bowl scramble well with fork.
     Heat frying pan- add nonstick coating of choice.
     Add eggs to warm pan.
     Fish the oysters out of the liquid and add them to the eggs.
     As the eggs begin to cook pour the liquid on the edge of the omelet so it touches the hot pan.
     Immediately cover with  a lid so the warm oyster liquid/steam cooks the top of the omelet.
     Once set, fold in half.
     Plate, Serve, and Enjoy!

Realizing that duck eggs can be challenging to find I will be experiment.


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