Nasty, brutish, and short: or, live eel, dead eel

Jim invited me to tag along with him and Christine yesterday on an eel expedition. Centovini is doing a Venetian dinner tonight, and they’re making bisato sull’ara, eel baked with bay leaves. In order to make this dish, Christine needed live eels. And moral support (more on that in a bit).

The eel expedition entailed two key steps.

1. Catching the live eel:

2. Killing the live eel:

The thing with eel is that even after it’s been decapitated and gutted, its muscles continue to undergo rigor mortis for hours afterward. The twitching and convulsing is a little freaky, and Christine prefers it when someone else is in charge of the dead eel bag.


2 Responses to “Nasty, brutish, and short: or, live eel, dead eel”

  1. 1 bklyncupcake May 16, 2008 at 10:44 pm


    that video is freaky. don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing cooler than a good slaughter, but something about killing things by repeatedly smacking them against a tile floor kind of weirds me out.

  2. 2 Bentley April 24, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I don’t know. Didn’t he bludgeon the beast first and then start smacking it against the walls? I’m thinking that there was an initial death blow, and then the subsequent battery was to break the muscles or stun the nerves or something. So that you’re not going to the cashier with a wildly flailing eel.

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