Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Speaking of interesting meat appearing in burgers in Europe...


...welcome to Australia.









34 comments:

June said...

Kangaroo? Possum?
I might like it if I ate it not knowing...

rottrover said...

I had an emu burger once - low fat, high protein...it was good. Never roo and certainly never possum!!

Jan said...

Is that the local roadkill?

3 doxies said...

Well I not sees da big deal withs possum burgers. Personally, it would be a dream come true fur me! I'd loves it...but mum is makin them vomittin' sounds as I type.
Seen on a blog today they has beetroot burgers...bleh!

Puddles

What Remains Now said...

Oh, goodness! My husband would be game, but I barely like the "regular" meats, so no way to the "irregular" meats.

georgia little pea said...

Local roadkill! Oh JAN :D

Some of this meat is quite expensive and served in top restaurants. I don't think too many suburban hausfraus cook them. For what it's worth, I have tried crocodile [tastes like chicken, what else], emu and roo [great high protein low fat meat as ROTTROVER says].

PUDDLES, Georgia gets a bit of possum in her diet and yes, that would be road or feral cat kill. You would love it here!

BTW, beetroot in burgers are da bomb! :)

houndstooth said...

Ha ha ha! At least you know what you're getting beforehand!

And nothing beats a good buffalo burger or venison burger!

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Nothing like a little roo on the burgar :)

Barb said...

Ummm - Kangaroo tail and Kangaroo rump. No thank you! I thought only people in southern US ate Possum!

Ruby said...

Oh, that is SO funny!!
You know what, when Ma was young (MANY moons ago...) Grandpa use to buy 'Buffalo' burger patties, and Ma thought they were called that because they were 'king size'. She didn't know she was eating Buffalo!!! BOL Oh, what a ditz!!
It wasn't until YEARS later that she realized that all those burgers she thought were beef, were really Buffalo!! heehee
It's okay, they really didn't taste any different...
Now, those possom burgers...yummers!! Can I gets one tartare? I likes my possom raw ya know!! BOL
Kisses,
Ruby

Berts Blog said...

Oh My Vickie feels bad if she eats cow, a kangaroo would send her over the edge.

BTW....Thanks for the compliment on my face. I think your pretty cute too......

Bert

georgia little pea said...

Very true HOUNDSTOOTH. It's always good to know what you're putting in your mouth ;)

BARB, I didn't even know they had possums in the States. I thought they were an Australian native marsupial. Duh me.

Buffalo king-size. Haha! I can see how your mom got confused, RUBY. I had buffalo once a long time ago. As I remember, it was Tough!

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

Eek! Are you sure those dishes are not all made of gluten? Beetroot, now that's more my speed.

Jean said...

Bison (buffalo) is quite popular here and we buy it at our local grocery. I've also had ptarmigan, whale, caribou, elk, venison - mostly when I lived in the far north. Ostrich is becoming a popular option where I lived before moving here - I had it a few times, but didn't find it as flavourful as beef. And I love rabbit, though it is hard to find in stores here.
We have possums here too, but never in our grocery stores or burger joints. Strictly roadkill!
I think the only animals I could never, ever eat (other than rodents - blech) are cats and dogs. I was completely turned off certain Asian foods after an investigative reporter found dog meat used instead of chicken in some restaurants. That was years ago, and I still can't eat Asian beef or chicken dishes.

georgia little pea said...

Good try KIRSTEN! If they were Buddhist vegetarian meats, they would be made of gluten. Not this lot though!

That's a pretty adventurous palate, JEAN. I like to try different things too, within reason. I avoid anything endangered, and cats and dogs! Also snails and insects LOL. I know in my head that it's just cultural cringe so I try to be open about what people eat. I mostly get upset only with the way the animals are husbanded, despatched or prepared. Some of the methods are beyond appalling.

I read an article this morning, about how horse meat used to be eaten in many places including Britain [as a cheap source of protein in hard times]. And of course, it still is in countries like France and Italy. I remember my first sighting of a horse head hanging in a butchery in Paris. Gag. One man's food... :)

chandra said...

Now wait a second, I was just in Melbourne and saw a sign in the park next to the Melbourne Museum that said that possums are protected. I guess they don't receive protection in Sydney! And they certainly don't in the U.S. Poor things are very discriminated against here. Even though they eat snails which are garden destroyers!

-c at ddy.

georgia little pea said...

MISS C! Are you home? Did you have a blast?

Now that you mention it, I think you're right. Possums are protected, so how..... Hmmm. Have we accidentally hit upon something illegal going on here? Maybe it's a different not endangered type? Now I'm curious.

Kolchak Puggle said...

BOL! Looks like what's on the menu for little allergic Felix here. We pay a pretty penny for 'Roo and Emu meat!

jet said...

Kangaroo is good. I don't like croc. I don't know if I could eat a possum, I think they are foul creatures, pawing through rubbish bins lol...

georgia little pea said...

Jeez FELIX, you have expensive taste!

I don't think I could do possum either, JET.

For anyone who's interested and CHANDRA... I googled whether it was legal to eat possum and found this http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/06/06/3236877.htm

So I guess it is, in at least one state. Maybe the meat is imported from Tassie? I shall ask the butcher next time I'm there.

verobirdie said...

Can't believe the news went down to you.
I've eaten roo, emu, crocodile, not possum.
As a kid I ate horse, stopped when the kids started riding.difficult to jump on a three legs horse, isn't it?
I eat rabbit too.
And there is an ostrich farm a few miles away, the meat s quite expensive.

BERMTOPIA said...

As a Portland, Ore., native I would not eat possum. Ever. Weird, creepy critters. Sorry.

Kangaroo, maybe. Would have to to get past my childhood associations with Winnie the Pooh and Kanga and Roo.

But if enough butter, garlic and white/red wine (what goes with kangaroo) was involved, I'd cave in a heart beat.

Yours, currently in Low-Carb/No Butter Land ,

The Queen

Kenzo said...

Haha!
I don't hope there is cow meat hidden in you crocodile burger!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Ooooooooh, possum is awful, but a roasted leg of roo from a youngish roo grazed on sweet grasses is delish.
I haven't tried croc though.
xx

Tootsie said...

Typist: you're back!

What is "spatch cock"?

Since Mom is a "good" American, she practically passed out the first time she saw horse meat in the grocery store here in Switzerland. Really, woozy.

(Do you ever realize you have the best comment stream in the dogosphere?!)

Wagging for you.
Toots

georgia little pea said...

VERO, KENZO and TOOTSIE...you guys are too funny :D

Sounds like no one likes possum! Thank goodness because they're really too cute to batter and deep fry.

TOOTS - What is a spatchcock? Heaps interesting question. In Australia, it refers to a small or young chicken. I believe however, that spatchcock is actually a method of preparing poultry which involves butterflying it. Perhaps someone who's more in the know will answer your question better!

Thanks for being so sweet. The comments are all you guys adding to the conversation :) x

Roxy the traveling dog said...

Oh wow, I don't know about some of that.

altadenahiker said...

Thank you for taking us on this cultural adventure. And who am I to judge -- I eat snails.

Taryn said...

I've bought Roo canned dogfood before...but I seriously doubt we could find it for people in my area.

GizmoGeodog said...

Meat is meat and I'm a dawg...it all looks great to me :) Seriously we call possum "road kill" and it's usually free BOL! Bunny & deer are delicacies and you usually have to know a hunter to get some...'Roo & emu I've never seen here, except from exotic meat suppliers at outrageous prices...What I get from this is that our US tastes are pretty darn pedestrian and our diet kind of bland and boring...beef, pork and chicken are about it for the average market here

georgia little pea said...

ALTADENAHIKER, you're a brave woman ;)

Nah GIZMO. Beef, chicken, pork, lamb and seafood are pretty much what we eat here too!

sagechronicles said...

I just ate tripe. Does that count? (That was Sage, not her Mom. Ewwww)



Karen said...

I've eaten bear, turtle, snail, alligator, venison, moose, elk, buffalo, shark, pheasant and even ostrich but I draw the line at possum. I refuse to eat a creature that looks like an overgrown snaggle toothed rat. Ewwwww.

H and Flo said...

Oh wow! You can buy kangaroo tail in the butcher's down there? You can only get it out on the communities up here. I'd love to give Flo and Elsie one of them, I reckon they'd love it.