to be angry that he's smoking eels.

(85 Posts)
Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 11:38:26

We have to go away on Wednesday for a week so the plumber can pull up our floorboards and completely replace our heating system. There's a great deal to do before this can happen as the house is in chaos.

He's in the garden smoking eels.

Yesterday we had some friends round from London who we hadn't seen for ages. I cleaned the house and made a cake.

Just when the house was begining to smell fresher he started a fire in the garden in order to smoke eels. I told him I wasn't having it. (I'm vegetarian and so were two of the three visitors.) So he stopped.

I thought we'd be together today sorting the house out. There's so much to do, but he's gone off in the garden to smoke fucking eels again.

Thing is, I don't think he should bring them home in the first place. He's an angler. He caught them. They've been in my fridge and freezer.

I'm very tolerant of meat in the fridge which he cooks for the kids ... but for me this is too much.

He says it's no different from buying a chicken and putting it in the fridge but I just feel this is taking it too far. It's like he's rubbing my nose in it.


why is your plumber keeping food at your house and using your garden to cook?

are you related?

is he your dh as well as your plumber grin

derelicte Mon 25-Aug-08 11:41:11

Smoking eels hey? That's a new one to me. Must be kind of tricky getting the rizlas round them.

Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 11:41:35

No the plumber isn't smoking eels.

DH is.

I have no beef with the plumber. Yet.

how do you smoke eels?

Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 11:43:13

Look smart arses. It's a straighforward question which requires one of two answers.

a) YABU or

MmeLindt Mon 25-Aug-08 11:44:17

lol at the eel smoking plumber. I have to admit I thought "eels" was a word that I had not heard for roll up cigs or hash.

As to your question, I guess if he has caught the eels then he has to smoke them at some point?

Does he have to stand over them or can he bung them in the smokethingy (not quite sure how you smoke eels) and let them do their thing?

Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 11:44:38

He's lighting a fire on the barbecue and putting them on as far as I can tell. I'm trying not to look because the smell's enough to make me feel sick.

Seeing the unfamilair package wrapped in newspaper in the fridge and knowing it was some creature dh pulled out of the wild and murdered was pretty unpleasant too.

He's becoming more carniverous with time.

No, YANBU (infuriates me when DH does stuff like this)... but how do you smoke an eel?

2shoes Mon 25-Aug-08 11:45:49

yabu But as I a have a horror of eels I can understand the problem.

I get it now!!

derelicte Mon 25-Aug-08 11:46:49

TBH I'm full of admiration for a man who can catch and smoke his own meals, so YABU. Also I'd rather have eels in the fridge than farmed chicken. So yes, YAB utterly U. Hope you're ashamed of yourself.

And gimme some of your cake.

pigleto Mon 25-Aug-08 11:47:23

I thought eels were endangered. So he is being unreasonable in catching them.

he's asserting his manliness

"Me catch eel for wifey, beat it about head and eat wiv vinegar" grin

yuk by the way, I can see your veggie - don't snog him later he will be all salty and slimey <boak>

Yabu - it's his fridge and garden too. But he should also be helping you with his share of getting the house ready.

Are the eels for the plumber?

nervousal Mon 25-Aug-08 11:48:08

YABU - its his fridge too.

Upwind Mon 25-Aug-08 11:48:38

I too felt puzzled as to why you were allowing your plumber smoke eels. If that was the case then YANBU.

But since it is your DH grin and it is his garden too, then YABU, he's caught them so they need to be smoked. If I were you I'd head out on some errands until he is done.

Gobbledigook Mon 25-Aug-08 11:48:53

Derelicte - you forgot the smile


Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 11:49:02

Cake's gone derelict so ner.

I would only ever had organic, free range chicken in the fridge, and I do understand your point. In fact this is precisely dh's point. But as a vegetarian my gut reaction is horror that he can pluck a creature from the wild for his own entertainment then murder it an make as much smell as is possible.

It's rubbing my nose in it.

Thomcat Mon 25-Aug-08 11:50:25

Mmmmmmmmsmoked eels, how fab. I can understand how it might be irritating that there are other things to do but am too in awe of his eel smoking talents!

LolaTheShowgirl Mon 25-Aug-08 11:50:26

Ever since I saw The Little Mermaid I have a phobia of eels...yuck!

derelicte Mon 25-Aug-08 11:50:46

Ooooh I see, so the eels were going to do the plumbing, but your DH is smoking them and thus rendering them unfit to work. From the eels point of view HIBU.

smoking eels must be terribly bad for him-and a bad influence on the children. they'll be copying him you know-puffing away on their long dangly fishes...

derelicte Mon 25-Aug-08 11:51:13


Saturn74 Mon 25-Aug-08 11:51:55

YANBU re your DH smoking eels when the house needs sorting so you can go away.

Just the thought of the smell of smoked eels is making me feel a bit queasy.

I think the issues you have re his meat eating are a different matter.

Do you really think he's eating meat to wind you up?

I think you need to discuss that issue with him.

I can understand your reluctance to have all manner of creatures stored in your freezer.

I can understand your DH wanting to eat meat.

You need to find some middle ground.

Once he's helped you sort out the house. grin

Gobbledigook Mon 25-Aug-08 11:52:03

Is it just me that's confused?

Notalone Mon 25-Aug-08 11:52:35

Lol sorry Spidermama - its the way you phrased it. I read that it was your plumber who was smoking eels in the garden!

YAB slightly U seeing as he is doing it in the garden. At least he is not cooking them in the house. How long does it take? I would smile sweetly and then use your tolerance as a bargaining tool for him to help you in the house afterwards

perhaps he could have a little gazebo outside for smoking eels?

TrinityRhino Mon 25-Aug-08 11:54:50

its not rubbing your nose in it
you became a vegetarioan so that OU wouldn't be killing

he hasn't decided to do that

he is just doing what he thinks os fine

FluffyMummy123 Mon 25-Aug-08 11:55:24

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Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 11:56:55

He's in now ranting at me for being on MN when there's so much to do. I told him I'm on MN because you're smoking eels mate.

I wonder how the neighbours will feel about their washing smelling of smoked eels. <grasping at straws as there's no washing out due to inclement conditions.>

I had been wondering what else I was not hip to in the world of things that people smoke grin

ParCark Mon 25-Aug-08 12:00:03

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Cappuccino Mon 25-Aug-08 12:00:41


we are far too fascinated with the eel smoking to properly respond properly

please post pictures of Mr Spider's eel process

honestly - you have to go out with a list, sorry. Dh doesn't function without a list. He would be outside moving things around in the shed at this point, thinking he was achieving something useful, without realising the cruel irony of the situation

what needs doing? stick it on a list

put 1) smoke eels at the top of it, so he knows this must end soon

ParCark Mon 25-Aug-08 12:01:10

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it is a tad hypocritical to be so pissed off that he isn't 'doing stuff' when you are on mumsnet!smile

MrsJohnCusack Mon 25-Aug-08 12:01:26

oh YUK smoked eels how absolutely vile

YA clearly NBU

Cappuccino Mon 25-Aug-08 12:01:51

"he's gone off in the garden to smoke fucking eels again"

I have to say Mr Spider you do liven up the place

other people's dh's are always on their computer games or visiting porn sites

TheDuchessOfNorksBride Mon 25-Aug-08 12:03:22

What Humphrey says.

And I am now stuck with the Eels song from the Boosh in my head for the rest of the week - which is very unreasonable.

derelicte Mon 25-Aug-08 12:04:52

lol at Cappy

EelCod Mon 25-Aug-08 12:05:14

why cant he
you miserable old bint

Communion Mon 25-Aug-08 12:06:07

Whenever we have to get organised to leave the house my Dh finds some obscure job that needs doing and insists 'I'll just do this first'. It always ends up in a row.

He has no idea of time required for tasks or order of priorities.

So I too would be pissed off.

I'd also object to smoking eels generally though, as eels are digusting creatures that I couldn't bear to look at or even imagine being in my houes and the thought of the smell from smoking them makes me retch.

However, I do accept that it is not instrinsically bad, and in fact admrable to catch and cook your own food.

But eels, howver unreasonable, I'd have to say NO!!!!!

misdee Mon 25-Aug-08 12:06:18

hmmm never tried smoked eels. or eels in any way.

do they smell really really bad?

at least he is doing it inside, nd not cooking them inside?

EelCod Mon 25-Aug-08 12:07:36

i bet they wriggle
is your garden a hive of slithering eels

TheHedgeWitch Mon 25-Aug-08 12:07:54

Smoke me a Kipper, i'll be back for Breakfast!

onceinalifetime Mon 25-Aug-08 12:08:26

pmsl laughing, I thought the plumber was smoking eels too and was going to say that HIBFU but have to say it's only marginally better that it's dh and if you're vegetarian YANBU - can imagine the smell must be vomit inducing

Uriel Mon 25-Aug-08 12:08:33

lol, HedgeWitch!

TheHedgeWitch Mon 25-Aug-08 12:11:07


Couldn't resist!

MmeLindt Mon 25-Aug-08 12:13:23

Smoked eels are actually not as horrible as they sound.

YABU to expect him not to catch/smoke/eat eels, just cause you are a vegetarian.

YANBU to expect him to do overtime gettign the house ready for the (non-eel-smoking) plumber

WideWebWitch Mon 25-Aug-08 12:17:18

lol at this thread. I think yabu but capp is right we're all too fascinated with eel smoking to give any advice at all

TheDuchessOfSmokedNotJellied Mon 25-Aug-08 12:21:03

<stubs out eel>

<selects a nice fat roach instead>

Fabeelo Mon 25-Aug-08 12:25:10

How long does it take to smoke an eel?

Urieel Mon 25-Aug-08 12:27:01

Can't he leave the eels smoking and do his share round the house?

NotAnOtter Mon 25-Aug-08 12:31:24

spidermama yanbu

he should be helping - smoking eels is a fairly extreme carnivorous activity

i would be upset with dp if he did that plus its bank hol

suedonim Mon 25-Aug-08 12:32:07

Eels are endangered? That can only be a good thing, in my book, nasty slimey snickey things that they are. grin

Upwind Mon 25-Aug-08 12:34:17

AFAIK there is some parasite that is reducing eel numbers. But if there was concern about them, I reckon they would stop issuing fishing licences for them and they've not!

So Spiderdada is NBU in catching them, smoking them or eating them grin

hollyandnoah Mon 25-Aug-08 12:35:38

btw, when i read this i thought you meant like.. smoking them.. rolling and smoking them! I thought it was a word i hadn't heard of for a rollup or a joint or some kind of cigs i hadn';t heard of!

msdemeanor Mon 25-Aug-08 12:39:15

I'm sorry but the phrase 'smoking eels' is making me laugh far too much to respond seriously. I think this is the problem with the thread. The plumber and smoked eels elements are just too comic.
But I do think if there really is tons to do in the house then smoking eels is probably a little frivolous under the circs.
And I agree that eels are creatures out of a horror movie and I couldn't look either and I'm also an unrepentant carnivore. Eeek!
(you aren't married to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, are you?)

Urieel Mon 25-Aug-08 12:43:55

'Eel be helping you later! grin

pollypentapeptide Mon 25-Aug-08 12:47:08

Eels are delicious, I have fond memories of catching eels with my dad when I was little and having them tea. Far better to know where you food has come from imo. Hugh Fernley Wernley would be very proud of your DH grin

MKG Mon 25-Aug-08 13:12:57

Don't smoke them, make sushi! MMM eel rolls are sooooooo good.

falcon Mon 25-Aug-08 13:21:36

YABU he isn't rubbing your nose in it.

He isn't a vegetarian and it's actually generally far more humane to kill something yourself if you know how to do it properly, besides it lived it's life free and ate a natural diet which is more than one can say for the majority of farm animals.

It'd be far worse to waste the meat, now if he did that I wouldn't be at all happy.

It's most likely had a better life and death than the chicken you allow him to bring home for the kids.

Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 13:22:11

Spiderdad is very grateful to the majority of you for easing his eel smoking passage today.

They're all eating smoked eels for lunch now. I'm knitting lentil bake.

Now. Must crack on.

Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 13:23:18

Falcon, intellectually I know you're absolutely right.

Emotionally I can't help being repulsed.

falcon Mon 25-Aug-08 13:26:42

I can understand that,most people have a problem with the thought of killing their own and with the sight of dead animals, and a vegetarian has even more reason to feel that way.

I am biased I admit as I go hunting for rabbits, hare, pheasant etc with hawks but I feel more guilt about buying farm raised meat that I know little about than I do about killing a rabbit.

BroccoliSpears Mon 25-Aug-08 13:29:51

PMSL @ knitting a lentil bake.

<resolves to always refer to the cooking of lentil dishes as 'knitting' from now on>

halogen Mon 25-Aug-08 13:48:15

I think this is the best thread I have ever read on AIBU. Sorry not to have sensible advice re the eel-smoking but I am laughing too hard.

Countingthegreyhairs Mon 25-Aug-08 13:48:28

smoked eels are delicious .....

falcon Mon 25-Aug-08 13:53:10

Eel sushi is the best.

Threadwworm Mon 25-Aug-08 19:29:04
Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 19:33:28

OMFG! shock

That's the stuff of my nightmares.

Did you see how the head squiggled even though he'd cut it off? I wonder if our heads would do that.

That woman on the rocks. That was me.

Threadwworm Mon 25-Aug-08 19:34:13

Thought you'd like it. grin

Nigeela Mon 25-Aug-08 19:39:49

this has reminded me that there was some smoked mackeral in the fridge yesterday but i have no idea where it is now. no one else would have eaten it. it is gone. where is it?

scottishmummy Mon 25-Aug-08 19:51:45

LOL i have a really concrete way of thinking i thought WTF how does he smoke that with tobacco when i read thread titleblush

MamaHobgoblin Mon 25-Aug-08 20:30:10

I was going to say I loved smoked eels and that Spiderdad could come round and smoke me some any day...and then I watched that clip. Gone off them now.

halogen Mon 25-Aug-08 21:29:54

You ate it, Nigeela, possibly in your sleep.

Loshad Mon 25-Aug-08 21:41:28

thread of the week definately. Have been rofl, though tin drum clip was vile.

TooTicky Mon 25-Aug-08 21:47:12

YANBU [vegan] wink

Spidermama Mon 25-Aug-08 22:44:34

Thanks TT.

My dd wants to be vegan. She's been veggie for a year or so. (she's 9). Any advice?

I'm very impressed with Spiderdad.Did he make the smoker himself?

The only thing I've caught & killed myself are American crayfish,which are nasty,evil things.I've trained the dd's to catch them too.

I'm also impressed by .Falcon.How cool is having your own bird of prey envy

TooTicky Mon 25-Aug-08 23:37:45

Um... go for it!!! Viva have lots of good information. They also sell some excellent recipe books - let me know if you'd like recommendations smile
Being vegan is great - I feel very "clean" inside.
Parsley Soup also v. good for recipes.
Let me know what you'd like to know....
Good for her!!

suedonim Tue 26-Aug-08 12:37:54

Ohmygiddygod'spyjamas, that clip was vile! grin Spidermama, Mary Queen of Scots is alledged to have gone on saying a prayer for some seconds after her head was detached from her body. shock shock

Lovesdogsandcats Tue 26-Aug-08 14:24:29

Oh dear, i feel that bringing them home and doing this in back garden, when there is NO NEED FOR IT, is deffo rubbing your nose in it...i am veggie and I think i would feel he was taking the piss.

If he likes smoked eels so much go and buy them like normal people...although, eels, ew what a thought.

Spidermama Tue 26-Aug-08 17:23:42

Thanks for the links TT. I'm just off to the health food shop to stock up.

pointydog Tue 26-Aug-08 17:35:02

rofl - this is just brilliant! Smoking farkin ells in the garden.

And I thought you meant the plumber at first.

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