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Old 08-01-2008, 10:09 AM   #61
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The day of the dinner, I struck a conversation with an Aussie bus driver. I asked if he had eaten kangaroo. He made a face and said that he would not eat "road kill". By the way, the concierge had not tried it either.

We were scared into a "no show" for the dinner. I regretted now not going through with it. It costs too much now to have the chance again to try kangaroo meat.

Perhaps some Aussie members can enlighten us.
Sorry to hear that you were frightened off by the Sydney equivalent of a couple of rednecks NW. Roo meat is very rich and flavoursome, when cooked properly. Just 'bunging it on the barby' can result in a tough chew, but expertly done it is a beautiful eating experience, think venison for a comparison. I'm guessing the restaurant might have been called the Red Ochre Grill, in which case there would have been some wonderful flavours presented to you, shame you missed it. And really, it's not that 'exotic', many restaurants down here serve kangaroo, so the two locals you experienced just plain haven't got out that much

And Ron......more likely you'll get emu-meat when you're down this way, ostriches are in Africa

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Compared to the typical American, we are more adventurous as it comes to food. We can eat most of the food that the European eat, particularly offals. I haven't tried haggis, but don't see it as a big deal. But then, we realize that was simply because our parents fed us offals, so that was no new taste. I often get annoyed by people who grimace at offals, or exotic meat like eel, venison, crawdad, etc... But then, I would not touch bugs or crawly things.
I do have to try haggis someday. I eat things such as mammal heart and tongue and brains, and bird hearts and gizzards and feet. Don't care for liver. Rabbit, squirrel, venison, bison... One of the vendors at the local farmers' market has goat meat.

I wonder what raccoon tastes like.

My neighbor goes hunting for various things and gives me 'Bambi burgers' fresh off the grill.
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I like goat, its pretty good smoked or bbq'd. More or less tastes like strong lamb.

I'm going to hazard a guess that raccoon tastes like chicken.
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I like goat, its pretty good smoked or bbq'd. More or less tastes like strong lamb.
I like to buy from the local meat vendors; they don't use hormones or preemptive antibiotics and their animals are a bit older (which gives a bit more flavor and texture to the meat).

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I'm going to hazard a guess that raccoon tastes like chicken.
I imagine raccoon would taste like pig, since they both are omnivores and scavengers. Just a guess.
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And Ron......more likely you'll get emu-meat when you're down this way, ostriches are in Africa

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Actually, I had it at my "HQ" when I was in Sweden. I doubt it was raised there ....

Anyway, I'm always open to a new "food experience", especially if it is of the "flesh" (yes, let the blood flow )....

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their animals are a bit older (which gives a bit more flavor and texture to the meat).
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Actually, I had it at my "HQ" when I was in Sweden. I doubt it was raised there .
Ah yes, the legendary Swedish ostrich, only slightly less rare than the Arctic Bird of Paradise (I've been advised that they both taste like chicken!)
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As for "roo", hope to try it when we go "down under" next June, along with Ostrich, which I've already had, but I consider "dry". Of course, that may be the way it was prepared - grilled Ostrich steak.

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Here's a few more options for some Aussie Tucker when you're down here Ron ;-)

Um, camel steak? Tastes like beef! - Slashfood

Witchetty grub - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Crocodile steak tail fillet, Crocodile Meat , Alternative Meats

Gagging is considered to be a tad effeminate when looking at these culinary masterpieces. But a word-to-the-wise, if anybody offers you a dish that has 'koala/echidna/wombat' in the description, run a mile, they taste 'orrible!
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Vernor's ginger ale is the best! If you're from Michigan, you know about this stuff. It seems to be spreading a bit, though. We can get it in the grocery stores in KY. Comes in diet, too.

For those who like their ginger ale strong...

This stuff will clear out your sinuses!

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Hmmm - ??

Keo Me Thai Lan Sweet Candy.

She accidentily got some with her other stuff down in New Orleans - Vietnamese market.

Interesting but some pieces have a hard brown seed in them and other pieces don't.

I'm not going to rush out to get more - but interesting anyway - I think?

heh heh heh -

fine print says tamarind flavor.
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Hmmm - ??

Keo Me Thai Lan Sweet Candy.

She accidentily got some with her other stuff down in New Orleans - Vietnamese market.

Interesting but some pieces have a hard brown seed in them and other pieces don't.

I'm not going to rush out to get more - but interesting anyway - I think?

heh heh heh -

fine print says tamarind flavor.
Are you sure it wasen't a version of this? (noting where you bought it):

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Also - the late SO would get scrapple and Lebenon bologna when she could. And we had a neighbor from Michigan who got care packages of Vernor's every once in a while.

Home made hogs head cheese in varying degree's of 'hot' could be bought from guys at work once in a while.

BTW - I never could do 'boiled peanuts.'

heh heh heh - stuffed mirliton(sp), crabmeat stuffed artichoke,
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scrapple and Lebenon bologna
Sold locally (I'm in "PA Dutch Country).

Scrapple - "Everything from the pig, except the squeal". Sliced thin, fried hard, and served with waffles, pancakes, or eggs. A bit of pancake syrup on top.

Personally, I like the "sweet" variety of Lebanon bolonga.
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Sorry to hear that you were frightened off by the Sydney equivalent of a couple of rednecks NW. Roo meat is very rich and flavoursome .. think venison for a comparison. I'm guessing the restaurant might have been called the Red Ochre Grill ... shame you missed it.
Thanks mate for the advice. Man, oh man, did I miss out.

We always want to go back to do it right. The last time we went, I was still toiling at work, and we covered both Sidney and northern NZ in 10 days. What a waste of airfare.

I am moving up this return trip to higher on my list.

About PA, and OH, we have been through both states. The supermarkets there carried a lot more variety of sausages, compared to the stores here in AZ. I guess it was the German influence. We loved it. Hey, even in the seemingly monotonous US of A, there are some subtle regional accents, if one knows to look for it.

About haggis, I thought they always use sheep stomach as the container, not the intestine. The latter may be, er, less desirable.
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What's the outside of a sausage if not intestine? I'm not a big fan of tripe (stomach).
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Liga Rusks. Used to love them while growing up in Ireland....



In the UK, a similar product, Farley's rusks are dry biscuits dating from the 1880s but manufactured by Heinz since 1994. They are given to infants, sometimes soaked in milk and mashed up. They have a cult following among university students.

But I always preferred Liga....

.....and then there are Jacob's Cream Crackers......which I missed while in the US, but you can get them in Canada.......

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Heartstopping Irish breakfast with rashers & sausages, fried eggs....





and the oh so delicious Black Pudding (aka blood sausage): mmmmmgood!

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My American cousins still smuggle them into the US.....
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My American cousins still smuggle them into the US.....
Playing "hide the sausage", eh...
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Li hing mui (crack seed), a Chinese/Hawaiian snack which I haven't experienced since I was a teenager back home in Hawaii. Sweet, salty, spicy... yum! Intense flavor but I suppose not much substance.

Basically I think it is probably dried, salted, spicy fruit with the seed still in (good to suck on after the fruit is gone).
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