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Limpet Stovies

To gather limpets at low tide successfully, you must knock them off sharply with the first blow. They are quick learners, and if you fail with your first blow they will resist your second. Luckily there are always heaps more uninstructed ones and they learn only by experience. When you have acquired two quarts, bring to the boil in water, remove them from the shells, and take out the eyes and the sandy trail. Take three times their quantity of peeled potatoes, and put layer about in a large pot, beginning with the potatoes and seasoning with pepper and a very little salt. Add two cupfuls of the liquor they were scalded in, and break up half a pound of butter over the top. Cover all with a cloth well rolled in round the edges, bring to the boil, and then simmer for at least an hour. If you remember to bring potatoes to the beach, have a three-legged pot, and can make a fire, there can be no better dish for a seaside picnic. Limpets are liverish if eaten in June. At other times they are not merely tasty, nourishing and easy to digest, but the liquor is prescribed for nursing mothers and for infants.

Yet another regional version of Stovies. Limpets are found clinging to rocks and can be prised off with a knife or a stone. They are quite tough, so this is a good way of cooking them.

4 pt limpets (2 and a half L)
Peeled potatoes
Salt and pepper
2 oz butter (50 g)

Soak limpets overnight in fresh, cold water. Drain and put in a pan. Cover with water, add salt and bring to the boil. Simmer till they come out of their shells. Rinse in cold water, remove eyes and sandy trails. Weigh the limpets and take three times the amount of peeled potatoes. Put a layer of sliced potatoes in a pan. Add a layer of limpets and season with salt and pepper. Continue in layers, finishing with a layer of potatoes. Add two cups of the cooking liquor. Top with pieces of butter. Cover with a tightly-fitting lid and simmer for 1 hour. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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