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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Tasting Natives


When the punters first fleet arrived on the shores of this wide brown land they were faced with one very distinct problem.
What to eat.
The largest (land) animal in Australia is the kangaroo and the Europeans found them a little hard to catch and kill (all that jumping about perhaps, who knows).
I found an old cookbook recently that had some recipies for roo and wallaby, but also many for some of Australias slower and less agile animals.
They were apparently very fod of wombat.
This is hard to imagine and the wombat is basically a lump of muscle.
Ask anyone who's run over one on the highway and they will tell you that the wombat could never be described as "tender".
They are basically oval, and I've always had an image of a butcher slicing one up on one of those meat slicers in the deli.
Like a big leg of ham.
I read a small passage where they were waxing lyrical on the taste and delights of the echidna.
If you don't know what an echidna is, imagine a hedgehog with a beak.
I can't really imagine there's a whole stack of meat on one, once you remove the spines and the big claws (poisonous!) and all that.
They have a nice pink belly so perhaps they cut a fillet out of that.
They ate quite a bit of possum too.
I've read that possum is revolting but I've had it in a stew with couscous and I thought it was nice enough.
I've never eaten wombat or echidna.
The echidna is my favourite Australian beast and I'll always stop and watch when I spot one.
I had a friend who had an elderly one living on his block.
It had a big bald patch around it's back where it had no spines.
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11 comments:

Red Egg said...

I don't think road kill, in general, could ever be described as "tender". It sounds crunchy, not to mention painfull.

The echidna sounds odd but very cute at the same time :) Nice.

(Thanks for stopping by at my blog ;)

Sirius Green said...

Hi Elliot, I came through Sar's site and realised she's done a good bit of blog searching there - Cool, grounded writing with a nice side of art, so I'm sticking you on my list too. Don't feel forced into doing the same with my blog but do check it out if you get the chance to see if you like it.

I already checked out the Pixar and Darth Side blogs you've listed, too. Cool links.

Elliot said...

Sar - the Echidna is one of only two animals in the world that are called Monotremes.
The platypus is the other.
They are egg laying mammals that feed their young with milk once hatched.

Sirius - the early Darth stuff was hilarious but it seems to have gotten a little too fanboy for my liking...

Red Egg said...

Hey Green! Nice to see you here :P

Elliot - I've never heard of such an animal before you mentioned it. I guess they're right then aren't they? You do learn something new every day... Thanks :)

I love the platypus though.

Elliot said...

Monotreme actually means "one hole", like birds have(I think).

Red Egg said...

Yup. From what I understand Monotreme refers to the "cloaca". Which is the only opening for the intestinal, urinary and genital tracts of a certain animal species.
And you are right, all birds, (reptiles and amphibians) have this orface by which they simultaneously flush out both P's (pee and poo).

Interesting huh? I thought so too ;)

Elliot said...

Ha!
I was going to mention the cloaca but wasn't sure of the spelling so I left it out.

Red Egg said...

LOL... Niicee. Very smooth ;)
AT least we both know what we're talking about, non?

Elliot said...

I think it's called a beak actually, although it does have a little mouth on the end.

Red Egg said...

Yeh you're right it is.
My friend, Google.com, said " At the tip of the beak are the nostrils and the mouth opening."

Sirius Green said...

Hi Elliot, it's true that my knowledge of Star Wars doesn't match the site owner's (probably a good thing!), but I haven't read the earlier comments yet and as it stands feel I could do a lot worse.

 
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