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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
More Badger Please
I've been a bit grossed out lately, with some of your tales ~ people picking their nose mid conversation, books covered with human skin. Now I've found something to pay you all back.

In my newspaper this morning, they carried an article from The Guardian in England, which a sub editor had headlined, 'To a connoisseur of carnage, roadkill provides a tasty (and healthy) treat'

You read it right.

A certain Mr Arthur Boyt it seems, has been gathering road kill from the side of the road for most of his sixty-six years, starting out with a pheasant at the age of thirteen, augmented with the odd hare.

From what seemed such a promising start, it all went sadly downhill.

The list of animals Mr Boyt has eaten include:

He claims the meat is perfectly healthy and hormone free. What a relief.

Even if the roadkill is in an advanced state of decay, Mr Boyt claims that as long as you cook it thoroughly, even though it's a bit bland, you can still eat it.

No thank-you.

He is now writing a book of recipes, to share his 'curious culinary success with a wider audience.'

Let me finish with the last paragraph of the article:

'Mr Boyt has no regrets about eating the labrador, which he emphasises was without a collar when he found it.' "There was nothing on it to show who its owner was, even though it was in good condition, so I took it home and ate it. It was just like a nice piece of lamb."

Enough said.

  posted at 10:28 am

At 11:53 am, Blogger Melissa CookingDiva said...

A labrador? interesting! What have you been cooking up these days?

At 9:22 am, Blogger Angela said...

Ewwwww! Ok, so maybe I deserved that.....but, just, Ewwwww! I can't even eat a hot dog....let alone comprehend the thought of someone eating some random animal on the side of the road. I guess it just proves some people will eat anything with the right sauce on it!

On a happier note.....I am so honored to be your first
successful "link" - Thanks!

At 1:49 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi Melissa, nothing quite like that, just the odd bit of offal, which seems quite tame by comparison...

Hi Angela, Ewwwww seems so eloquent and appropriate. Glad you liked the link, call it sharing the grossness.

At 12:27 pm, Blogger Ed said...

I must admit to being a roadkill fiend myself. Most people think it's gross but if you live in the country in the Uk it's just what you do. Most of us would tend to stick to game birds, rabbit and hare. usually we'd hang a bird until the maggots drop out. remember, this is usually in the winter. When the maggots are dropping this means that natural bacteria has aged the meat and changed its molecular structure so that it tastes much stronger and is much more tender when cooked. i was explaing this to local food writer Stephen Downes on friday and he was appalled as most Aussies seem to be.

At 1:33 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi Ed, I have so many questions, but strangely seem unable to ask them. I'm okay with game roadkill, but the rest of the wildlife has done my head in, especially the labrador. Suppose a wild mushroomer like me can't be too worried about maggots; to all our friends we have given mushrooms to, you have nothing to worry about.


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