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Old 10-10-2007, 09:06 PM
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This is sort of carrying on from some comments mentioned in toolmans thread:
http://www.fornobravo.com/forum/f3/h...alia-2646.html (Hi From Melbourne, Australia)

Seeing that we have people from all parts of the globe it would be interesting to hear some of the more unusual types of meats people have tried and your thoughts on it (sorry all you Vego's)

Kangaroo
my personal Oz red meat favourite, usually quite lean and goes great with a Plumb style of marinade. Will try it on pizza sometime, maybe with a BBQ sauce. Would make a great roast I guess.

Crocodile (The big fat Oz ones Steve Irwin used to jump on)
I felt it was similar to chicken in taste and its a white meat

....whilst I haven't tried it yet there is Camel (not native to Aus) but I saw this on TV last night:
Camel Sirloin Marinated in Lilly Pilly - ABC TV: The Cook and the Chef


fire away - be interested to hear others experiences.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:23 PM
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I had dog once...not by choice and I was royally pissed and sick to my stomach. Not because it was bad but because its just not right. If I was stranded with my dogs they would eat me first I could never do that, but it was pretty good.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:32 PM
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I once had a hot dog - don't have a friggen clue what was in it Probably everything that was scrapped off this planet.

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Old 10-10-2007, 09:54 PM
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I heard the guy who wrote "The Year of Eating Dangerously" interviewed on the radio. He is British, and he spent a year traveling around the world eating everything imaginable. From bugs in Korea to the hottest peppers in New Mexico. One of things he said over and over was "keep an open mind."

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Wait, wait. There's more.

Dog eats man. There was a news story a few years ago about a car crash somewhere cin the U.S. The driver was killed, and the dog was locked in the car for days and days, so he ate the driver to stay alive.

I'm not sure I believe the story, but it goes to show that the press is always looking for something crazy to publish.
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Old 10-11-2007, 04:56 AM
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While in Scotland I had the Haggis. Glad I can say that I did it but I'll never eat it again.
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All,

I guess, overall, my two favorite wild meats are caribou and moose.

With venison, it depends on what the animal ate to determine the degree of gaminess in the meat. Northern deer in this area are very gamey as a result of eating cedar branches and bark, plus lichen. Those from agricultural areas aren't gamey at all. These deer are particularly fond of carrots.

With bear, it doesn't seem to matter where it comes from; it's extremely fatty and requires boiling, much like a cottage roll. The meat is very dark and strong tasting.

I first had caribou in a mining camp in the Yukon. In the fall, several guys would go out and shoot one or two. We'd cook the meat over open fires made of boreal pine and pallet wood . It's a very moist, sweet meat that looks and tastes a bit like pork. Later, I was in the restaurant of the Yellowknife Inn, Northwest Territories. The steak (flown in from Calgary) was $25 (this was in the late seventies), and the caribou was $6.95. No brainer.

Moose, in all its forms, is my all time favorite. Not gamey, assertive but quite pleasant, tender and moist. Makes great roasts and sublime sausages.

Brauma: I've had Haggis as well, both here and in Scotland. The thing was a bit better in Scotland because the oatmeal is better, but that's about it. Still looked like a white football. As an Irishman, I'd have to say that Robert Burns was on some serious mind altering drugs when he wrote is famous "To a Haggis." In part, he says: "Great chieftan o' the puddin'-race!...While thro' your pores the dews distil/Like amber bead." Not, even with a stiff glass of single malt.

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Interesting thread...

A buddy of mine tells a great story about eating horse in Florence in a restaurant I recommended to him...

The waiter is translating the menu for him and gets to the Bresola, and says, "this is...how you say...harse...horse..." and continues on with the menu. When he is done my friend says, "and what do you recommend?". The waiter says, "for you, I think the harse".

The wildest things I have eaten are wild boar and wild hare in Italy. Actually pretty common. I cooked an elk rib roast once that a friend of mine brought over...pretty fabulous.

I read that Lewis and Clarke ate a lot of Dog during their great adventures, and that they preferred it to venison.

And Jim, I have a very fond memory of a tuxedo-clad friend of mine on the back of a cruise ship reciting that entire "To a Haggis" bit, with the accent and all . He mightily trumped my effort (The Jabberwocky).

I definitely have an open mind. I think I would eat anything that was fresh and well prepared. I figure if a food has been around long enough there must be some merit to it. I say, there is no bad food, only badly prepared food.

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I,ve eaten horse meat in France and it was quite good. They have special butcher shops that can only sell horsemeat. Still popular.

Duck egg embryos in the shell in the Phiilipines. Can be a bit crunchy and have features (they are 21 day old embryo's). An acquired taste.

Babboon is Malawi Africa. The locals call it bushmeat. They are a mean spirited nasty animal in the wild and I did not particularly enjoy the taste.

Had snake soup, snake blood shooter and snake heart in Hong Kong. They kill and skin the sanke right at your table so you know it is fresh. Taste was very good. SOme of your tablemates may be a bit put off by the tableside service.

Like most moving parts (liver, sweetbreads, tongue, brains, etc) the French prepare these the best and are true delicacies. Liver cooked in the US is usually tough and rubbery.

Have tried sevral times but not fond of kidneys or tripe.
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Yes we have special equine butcher shops in Italy .. great meat, very lean but flavorful.. also donkey , stewed donkey ribs is a delicious specialty of the north..
I will eat just about anything once, as long that the locals eat it I would try it as well.
One of my favorite game meat is possum , I must say I ate tons of hare and rabbit possum is similar but sweeter and of course boar is super.

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Interesting thread...

A buddy of mine tells a great story about eating horse in Florence in a restaurant I recommended to him...

The waiter is translating the menu for him and gets to the Bresola, and says, "this is...how you say...harse...horse..." and continues on with the menu. When he is done my friend says, "and what do you recommend?". The waiter says, "for you, I think the harse".

The wildest things I have eaten are wild boar and wild hare in Italy. Actually pretty common. I cooked an elk rib roast once that a friend of mine brought over...pretty fabulous.

I read that Lewis and Clarke ate a lot of Dog during their great adventures, and that they preferred it to venison.

And Jim, I have a very fond memory of a tuxedo-clad friend of mine on the back of a cruise ship reciting that entire "To a Haggis" bit, with the accent and all . He mightily trumped my effort (The Jabberwocky).

I definitely have an open mind. I think I would eat anything that was fresh and well prepared. I figure if a food has been around long enough there must be some merit to it. I say, there is no bad food, only badly prepared food.

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