Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Mike, Jul 6, 2011.
There's always food somewhere ....
Sixteen Ways to Eat a Cicada: The Fine Art of Insect Cuisine
When I was in Panama and took some Jungle training, there were these gigantor beetles, that if you poked a stick into the seam between the thorax and abdomen and held them over the fire, they popped open when they were done. They were actually not terrible, kind of chicken-y with a different texture.
A man's gotta eat.
I have eaten fried alligator and rattlesnake. They taste "kind of chicken-y" too, only chewier!
Alligator is pretty good too, rattlesnake was ok, not great, have you had buffalo yet? That is pretty good stuff, not as gamey as venison, not as fatty as beef and quite tasty if seasoned the right way.
I had a buffalo burger once...a long time ago. I seem to remember that it tasted a lot like beef. I absolutely love venison, especially backstrap!
Buffalo is offered in most of the supermarkets in this area and there is a big buffalo ranch not far away. I always buy it over regular beef.
I wish we had a local source that was reasonable for Buffalo, it is like $12 bucks a lb here, you can get crab legs for less than that most days of the week. I have been thinking of taking up hunting again, since I left the military, I haven't picked up a gun in anger or with the intention of killing something, but I have missed venison something fierce, and backstrap is excellent! Have you soaked it in vinegar brine for about an hour and a half before cooking it? It takes some of the gaminess away, making it more palatable for folks that didn't grow up with it.
I haven't done the vinegar trick with backstrap because I don't feel it is necessary. I have, however, soaked other cuts it in milk (yea, milk) which also seems to take away the gamey taste. Alternatively, use it in 3-alarm chili....YUM, YUM!!
Giggitty! I love some good 3 alarm when it is bone cold outside, and you have been out there just freezin half to death, and then in you come, and sit right down to it... Mmmmm, chili. You know, come to think of it, you can subtstitute venison for just about anything you would use hamburger or beef in, and it works pretty well. I grew up eating just about anything we could catch, squirrel is ok, rabbit was awesome, but possum and coon were just terrible. On a side note, crows taste just like chicken but a bit tougher. Whoop, I think I may have just crossed that line of good taste in online conversation...
Of all the exotic meats you've mentioned, I have only tasted rabbit. It was cooked on a BBQ grill and was pretty darn good. It tasted a lot like chicken, and, strangely enough, like white meat, not dark meat, which I thought was kinda weird. I would never imagine that crow tasted chicken-y; I would have thought that it may taste similar to wild duck. (Duck does NOT taste like chicken, but it is pretty good if cooked properly.)
Well, I think you just unwittingly revealed your native land.
It's cool. My family didn't eat those things, but I'm proud of my Hillbilly Heritage.
IDK, I've only had rabbit in Paris. It was very good, though it didn't taste like chicken to me. Maybe that's the difference between the roasting and the BBQ?
I am more of a foothillbilly... (and proud of it too!)
The rabbit I had overseas was pretty awesome as well, that was in Germany, and they seasoned it for like 4 days before cooking, so it was wonderful. The ones here were grilled, or usually cut up and mixed into stew, same with squirrel.
Crow was .... generic tasting more than chicken-y I gues would be a better way of phrasing it, the meat was a ton tougher though. It didn't have that same gamey taste that ducks have, but it was not quite the same as chicken, just that chicken was the closer of the two.
On various trips, I've had whale (burger on Norwegian ferry, mushy texture, wouldn't bother with it again), reindeer (in several Norwegian restaurants, good), wild boar (restaurant in Lubljana, too chewy for my tastes), horse (burger at Hot Horse in Ljulbjana, good burger except that I kept thinking of what I was eating ) and kangaroo (restaurant in Sydney, yummy!).
Only the 'roo was good enough to want it again. I've been wanting to try croc on our Australian trips but haven't done so yet.
If you ever make it to Louisiana, many eateries down there have Gator, which (based on what I have been told) is pretty close. Wild boar was pretty good if cooked right. Never managed Reindeer, or Roo. If you are in Panama region (as well as some of the other middle America regions and South America), they have monkey, and that stuff was pretty awesome (like you, it was hard to get away from thinin gof what you were eating). There were vendors outside the gate of Ft. Clayton that were selling it on spits for like 3 for a buck (roughly a 1/4 lb of meat on each stick), you can imagine how quickly they sold out near a bunch of Army grunts.
Another good place for gator is North Florida, but then, well, you have to go to North Florida...
Have a friend who goes bow and arrow hunting for elk. Hasn't gotten one in several years but when he does I'm the first to accept an invitation for dinner. Elk burgers, elk roast, elk chili. Yum!
I have heard that Elk is pretty good stuff, if you have any leftovers, I would take it off your hands! Of course, I could probably buy it online for what it would take to ship it to me....erm... Hmmm ok, just enjoy it for me and I will try to make a trip out to that region and have some myself (someday)!
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