March 1st, 2008
|02:11 am - But Unfortunately for You, You're Made of Meat|
Before I get to the meat of the post (pun intended), I feel it necessary to inform you of the rampant plagiarism discovered in some popular Vertigo titles. I'm really disappointed; some of my favorite comics appear to be complete ripoffs.
Tonight, ariiadne hosted a Leap Day party. It was a lot of fun. I watched some people play Samurai, and after more people arrived, there was much Rock Banding. We ended the night with a surprisingly fun board game called Mall of Horror, in which you hole yourself up in a mall and attempt to survive the zombie hordes. You do this by voting on who gets eaten by zombies. If cadhla does not already have this game, she desperately needs it.
The main reason for this post, however, is dinner.
Because, in honor of Leap Day, Jess served things that jumped around when they were alive.
And...kangaroo. Yes, kangaroo.
Now, ordinarily, I would not have even considered eating these creatures, sticking with my creed of "I only eat bird." But I had pushed my boundaries with ostrich, and my first taste of fish had seemingly initiated a slippery slope. I thought I had principles, but apparently I can change them at will! Because...I am my own person! I had no religion holding me back from venturing into new carnivorous territory. It couldn't hurt to try them for the novelty of it. This was my year of new meats.
As long as I didn't eat beef or pork or lamb, I was golden, right? The commonly occuring Other Meats? I mean, ostrich barely counted as a bird, it was so huge. That's not poultry. And if I were ever lost in the wilderness, I might have to kill a rabbit and eat it, so I should find out what it tasted like. And if I were ever lost in the Australian outback, I might have to kill a kangaroo and eat it, so I should find out what it tasted like.
Rabbit was white meat, and it looked like chicken when cooked, except for the anatomy. I suppose it tasted like chicken, but it didn't, really. It just tasted like...white meat. But I was eating rabbit! How weird was that?
Kangaroo looked more like steak, and Jess would like me to point out that each little cutlet had a visible smoke ring because of science. It was tougher than the rabbit, and I found it odd to eat because it looked like steak, so I felt like I was eating beef, and that was wrong! And I couldn't really discern a taste because I don't know what steak actually tastes like. At first, I didn't think the kangaroo tasted like much of anything, but I liked it more the more I ate. It did have some hidden flavor in the juices, rather rich.
I didn't know people actually ate kangaroo, but they seem to be somewhat tasty beasts. I do feel bad for the poor kangaroo who died for our Leap Day dinner, though. I have no idea where kangaroo meat comes from. But, um, it was pretty good.
Also, I had wasabi cupcakes.
Current Mood: eaten by zombies
Current Music: Viva Voce - Business Casual
It was good! I was surprised.
Kangaroo meat has been in Australian supermarkets for quite a few years now, plus its also used for fresh dog and cat food. We have quite a lot of them, to the point where they're supposedly a pest in some places (this I'm not entirely convinced of myself, as I can't see roos killing livestock etc) so they're used for meat now. Plus indigenous Australians were eating them for thousands of years before colonisation.
Iiiiiinteresting! Thanks for the Aussie perspective!
|Date:||March 1st, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)|| |
I used to eat kangaroo meat before I turned vegetarian. I believe I thought it was quite like veal, but a little sweeter like lamb. Evidently it's quite good on the barbie.
I saw a doco where some aborigine men brought kangaroo tails at the supermarket for $5 each, which they thought was a pretty good bargain. My stomach begged to differ.
Hm, yeah, I could see it being a little sweet. And the meat was smoked, and I put barbecue sauce on it. So it's like it was on the barbie!
I have had kangaroo and rabbit! I only had a bite of rabbit once when we were in a restaurant (I ordered chicken). It was okay! I can't really remember it. It's funny that it's not mainstream, because they are pests and breed like crazy.
I had kangaroo in Walkabout
, which is a chain of Aussie-themed restaurants. My best friend at uni and I used to go there every Saturday for a fry-up. Good hangover cure. Plus, their chips are to DIE for. Anyway, I went there with work last year and I had a kangaroo wrap. It was a lot like steak, only more chewy.
Another really nice meat to try is crocodile - it is a very light, white meat, almost sweet in flavour. I had it stir-fried with chilli and spring onion on saffron rice and it was exquisite - probably the best take-away meal I've ever had.
Are you in on the joke with the comics post?
Agreed. I was about to say that I can't read sarcasm on this page, so perhaps you can't see the tiny little "Photoshop'd" tag on the comics blog?
Partridge is totally within my principles! I think I may have even had quail one time. Or maybe it was game hen.
I would have never tried kangaroo or wasabi cupcakes. I would have assumed that kangaroo would be 'too chewy' or something. I'm not sure if I've ever tried rabbit. So is rabbit kind of more tasteless than chicken? I tried cornish hens over Christmas and they were actually really good! I actually think 'dense little turkeys' is probably an accurate description. Hee.
Well, I don't think of chicken as being tasteless, so I can't compare rabbit in that way. But I guess it has the same level? I am not very good at sensory descriptions.
|Date:||March 1st, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)|| |
As long as I didn't eat beef or pork or lamb, I was golden, right?
You're so going to cave one of these days.
I like rabbit, but I find bunnies cute enough that I feel guilty eating it. Yes, I realize that is a crappy, kind of hypocritical argument.
I've never had kangaroo.
You're so going to cave one of these days.
That's exactly what I was going to say. It doesn't seem like a far leap from kangaroo to cow.
Wasabi cupcakes! How fabulous! I've made chocolate brownies with chili in them before, but wasabi had never crossed my mind as a potential cake ingredient.
Kangaroo, eh? Cool! I feel now that I should go and order crocodile the next time it's on a menu, just in the spirit of adventure. Hmm...
Oooh, sounds like an hoppin' party.
(Sorry. I make bad jokes to hide my jealousy.)
The comics thing is great! Someone spent a lot of time in Photoshop for that one. :')
Oh, fun ideas for a Leap-Day Party! I've never had Kangaroo, but I like rabbit well enough.
Just like last February 29th, we celebrated Frederic's Birthday
Because my family is a bunch of marvelous dorks.
|Date:||March 1st, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm waiting for you to try something I haven't had yet. :)
Where did YOU have kangaroo?
I've only eaten kangaroo twice [and nearly been killed by one once!]. The first time, I think Mum served it up as a stir-fry or something in order to disguise what it was, so we all ate it and then she informed us later that we had indeed eaten kangaroo. As an eight year old, I was devastated. Then years later I was in Western Australia on some adventure tour and they served us 'bush-style' kangaroo. It was delicious -- it had been smoked and was not over-cooked. But, I don't make a habit of eating it. I just can't get around eating one of the animals that is in our national emblem, haha.