The Mighty Dragons Are Dead - chapter 43
After bringing the seafood back to the castle, Liszt did not have it cooked immediately.
The seafood was indeed similar to the seafood he remembered, but it remained to be seen whether or not it was poisonous. The test was simple. Marcus captured a few carnivorous animals with the hunters of the town.
The wolves and cats in the cages were more than hungry.
After the seafood was tossed in, it was immediately swallowed by the beasts. The boiled seafood was then given to another batch of animals. On the next day, all the animals were alive except for two which had eaten certain sea urchins.
It means that the seafood here is similar to the seafood on Earth except for the sea urchin. I’ll made samples of the edible seafood for the farmers to refer to.
After figuring it out, Liszt was not in a hurry to introduce fishery.
He needed to let other people know that seafood was delicious.
A lot of seafood could be eaten alive, but Liszt did not recommend it. One tended to get infected by parasites this way.
Due to the poor medical conditions, there would be nothing he could do except waiting to die.
So, he summoned Abby Spoon, the cook. “Mrs. Abby, let me teach you how to cook seafood. For the crabs, just scrub and steam them. These lobsters can be boiled with water. The clams here can be cooked into soup or fried. The oysters can be boiled or fried, too.”
Oysters were a delicious food.
Back in his home world, Liszt loved oysters because raw oysters contained a lot of zinc that was of great significance for the development of secondary sexual characteristics…
So, oysters would definitely become an indispensable cuisine on the baron’s dinner table.
Luckily, Flower Town was right next to the ocean. There were oysters everywhere on the coast.
Liszt, who was only sixteen years old, needed better food to become stronger.
After teaching Abby Spoon how to cook the seafood, Liszt did not quite have great expectations. Or rather, he already had this before. Back in Taro Castle, he enjoyed the rock lobsters offered by the fishermen.
As a country of islands, Archduchy Sapphire had a lot of fishermen.
Some of the serfs searched for food in the ocean when they were too poor. However, on Coral Island, the Tulip family had been busy reclaiming desolate land and had no interest in fishery.
So, the people in Flower Town had never thought of fishing in the past twenty years.
It’s the first time that Mrs. Abby makes sea food. I don’t think the crabs will be properly steamed. She has to experiment and learn gradually.
As he expected, Liszt had familiar seafood at lunch, but the taste was not familiar.
The crabs and the lobsters were overcooked, and the clam soup was full of sand. But he still ate a lot, because it was still much better than bread with bacon.
Marcus, Goltai, Isaiah, and Blair had the seafood dinner with Liszt.
“Delicious!” Marcus gave a simple remark and devoted himself to the lobsters and crabs.
Isaiah smiled. “Yummy!”
Blair raised his thumb. “Rare cuisine!”
Goltai despised the clams for their ugly appearance at first, but after he had a taste of them, he couldn’t stop eating at all and even asked for more.
His wrinkled face was full of happiness. “I remember now. I remember everything now.”
“What have you remembered?” Liszt cracked the shell of the crab skillfully.
“When I was young, I traveled to a small island and had oysters there. I was drunk and had a marvelous night. After I woke up, I left the island and never had the food again until today.”
“Have some more. Perhaps something marvelous will happen tonight,” said Liszt with a feigned smile.
He already knew that Goltai found a young mistress in the town. The girl was only seventeen. If she hadn’t been with Goltai voluntarily, Liszt definitely would’ve stopped it.
Goltai chuckled. “Who knows? I’m in love with oysters now.”
Isaiah and Blair both chuckled.
As adults, they all knew what he meant.
Even Marcus became hopeful as he turned to the oysters.
While the knights and nobles enjoyed seafood in the dinner hall, the servants were also having a great time in the kitchen downstairs.
“Those lobsters are delicious. Who could’ve foreseen that such ugly creatures would be so delicious?” Allyn Fourfingers scarfed down the food.
Abby said with dissatisfaction, “Don’t be so rude, young lady. You are eating like a man.”
“I’m just a kitchen maid. Why can’t I eat like this? I’ve been eating like this at home. Even Mr. Carter didn’t say anything.”
Carter was cutting the oysters gracefully. As the butler, he always ensured that everything he and the servants did was flawless.
He remarked, “Allyn, you’ve seen Ms. Lvera’s first maid. Maybe you should learn from her.”
“I won’t hold a knife with my fingers like her just to make myself seem like a noble lady. His lordship complimented Sister Mathy before, but Sister Mathy doesn’t eat that way.”
Mathy smiled. “I grew up in a village. Nobody taught me table manners at all. I’m still learning from Mrs. Mason. She worked in Tulip Castle before. Many maids there know noble etiquette better than the ladies.”
Mason Ricefield squeezed the meat out of the lobsters. “That’s because nobles can break the rules, but servants have to abide by them in order not to be punished.”
Allyn suddenly shouted, “His lordship doesn’t punish servants! Tom broke a vase yesterday, but his lordship did not reprimand him.”
“His lordship is merciful. I won’t break anything anymore,” said Tom with respect.
Thomas had the oysters he dug out and smiled in disdain. “I highly doubt it. Tom, you will break a lot of things in the future. His lordship would be wise to forbid you from going upstairs.”