Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Roadkill Chef

From the BBC, "Squirrel stew or badger burger, anyone?
Like the roadkill of Sandwich, this Kent town's residents don't know what's hit them when Fergus Drennan turns up to convert them to the joys of foraging for their food.
You might expect a supplier of food to the Ivy and Jamie Oliver's 15 to get his supplies from Borough Market or Billingsgate. But Fergus tells us that foraging is best, and nothing beats squirrel stew, puffball mushroom omelette and duck cooked just after you've found it dead by the road."

Here's his recipe for Pan Raised Squirrels:

Ingredients: (serves four)
4 skinned and gutted squirrels -- feet also removed
8 milliliters olive oil
300 grams dandelion leaves
300 grams young sow thistles
100 grams young dock leaves
150 grams hairy bittercress
150g nettle tops 3 medium sized onions 100g wild chervil or parsley
80g dill
A few lemon balm leaves
Juice of one large orange
Pine nuts
Toasted sesame seeds
A few dried apricots or raisons
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Half a teaspoon curry powder
Quarter teaspoon of turmeric
Eighth teaspoon cinnamon
1 small chilli
Salt and pepper
Sweat the onions in the olive oil. Meanwhile, boil a pan of water and add the dock leaves sow thistle and dandelion leaves. Boil for about a 30 seconds to a minute. Strain off and discard the water (to remove excess bitterness from leaves). Add this as well as the chopped dill, parsley, nettles, hairy bittercress and all other ingredients to the meat pan. Also add about 3 cups of water. Simmer for about one hour with a lid on the pan, stirring occasionally to ensure no sticking and add a little more water if necessary. Serve with good rustic bread to soak up the juices.

"Fergus Drennan hosts a BBC show called "The Road Kill Chef." He only eats food plucked, picked or peeled directly from the British countryside. The exception? Roadkill -- everything from rabbits and foxes to sea gulls and squirrels."

You can find more recipes on his web site Wild Man Wild Food.


Melvin said...

Whew... Makes me feel hungry.... =)

Just Me! said...

Well the taste buds on my tongue just ran away and hid. Definately showing the family this one so next time they complain about my cooking...i'll be sending them down the road to find some road kill for :)

sportsdork36 said...

That is gross. I would never want to eat anything that was hit by a car.

Ronnie Ferez said...

yummy XD

Evelyn said...

This is such a trip! I was just watching about this guy on TV last night. The guy is very serious. The person doing the story of course had to try it. I think I would be my employer to let me cover just about any other news story! It may be great but just the thought of it would keep me from trying it! Yikes!

Anonymous said...

He must be either enlightened or insane - crazy wisdom!

Fergus x

Titania Starlight said...

Blech.... I'll pass. I think I am going back to being a vegetarian. :o)

Anonymous said...

no thanks on that squirrel and badger. i believe i will stick with my typical meats consisting of lean red meat, chicken, turkey, and fish.
Subscribe to 'Mind of Marcus'
The Mind For Revolution Is Here
In conjunction w/

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

Not really my idea of a mouth-watering feast but whatever cranks your chain I guess...

Debbie Dolphin said...

Wonder if the Road Kill Chef created the menu for 12 Roadkill Cafes in New England?

And no, we have never dined at a Roadkill Cafe.
It is just too Rough and Tough to believe Bambi Burgers served with Nightcrawlers (curly French Fries) and a tadpole (pickle) is real food not Road kill!

The All Seeing Eye said...

I will let you have the squirrels, Melvin...

The All Seeing Eye said...

Glad I brought a laugh to you, Just Me!

The All Seeing Eye said...

Thanks for yuor comments, Sportsdork36, Ronnie Ferez, Evelyn, Anonymous, Titania Starlight, Marcus, Bamboo Blitz, and Debbie Dolphin. I wonder if his show will make it to the US...

Debo Hobo said...

I've had squirell before as a kid. It tastes like pork chop. No lie!