Some Australian scientists are freaking out about camels and say we’ve got to start eating them. Apparently, there are about a million feral camels living in the middle of this sunburnt country and they’re wreaking environmental and all other kinds of havock.
I’ve done my part to help the cause this year, if purely for selfish reasons since I get perverse pleasure in trying new and somewhat shocking foods. At the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna, South Australia (a full review is coming one of these days) I sampled camel mettwurst on a pizza, and a camel sausage from the so-called Feral Mixed Grill Platter.
Let’s just say that both the camel mettwurst and camel sausage had an interesting texture– not quite as toothsome as I’d like. I asked the woman serving us about the camel and she told me it’s a very lean meat (i.e. tends to be tough and somewhat lacking in flavor), which is probably why it ends up ground into mince and stuffed into a sausage casing with some added fat and seasoning. From what I’ve had so far, I wouldn’t line up for more.
But here’s the rub. These feral camels could cause quandongs to become extinct! They’re out there in the desert eating this beautiful, tart red fruit and I’ll be damned if they’re going to deprive me of the pleasure of a this quandong pie from the Stone Hut Bakery when I want one:
Oh. That. Pie.
The quandong filling is really tart on its own, but with a bite of that shortcrust pastry and the cream– it’s a taste trifecta.
So feral camels take notice.* Quandong-loving Aussies have put a bounty on your head. We’re going to find a way to cook you so you’re palatable, and then we’ll chase that camel steak or roast or sausage or whatever we turn you into with a quandong pie. Now that would be a just dessert.
* Note: I realize that this issue is not the camels’ fault. The shortsighted people who brought them to Australia back in the 1800s without realizing the environmental impact they could have are the ones to blame. I blame the camels merely as a literary device, so please, no one accuse me of not understanding the issue or hating animals. I’m fully aware of the nuances of this problem. Thanks.
Because Americans are obsessed with the everyday minutiae of our Commanders-in-Chief, today we get this report detailing Barack Obama’s– and the Obama family’s– eating habits. A quick summation of the article: they dig Rick Bayless’ Mexican food, pizza, handmade pastas, and kicking back with some wine or maybe a margarita. Much to my annoyance, the article also mentioned Obama eats “boutique salad greens” — a fact that was used in an attempt to brand him an elitist, which is so ridiculous I posted about that a few months ago. You can’t even go to an Applebee’s these days and not find arugula on the menu. But I digress.
But the one thing the Pres-elect reportedly won’t touch: beets. I know, I know. Everyone has foods they don’t like. But beets really aren’t that bad.
I think a visit to Australia might be just the thing to get Mr. Obama over his repulsion. You see, beets (or beetroot as it is known here) are put on the delicacy known as the Aussie Burger w/the Lot. “The Lot” is shorthand for all the other food they put on the burger which includes the aforementioned beetroot, pineapple, a fried egg, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. They are a big, sloppy, burgery mess and they are GREAT! Plus, they’re the gateway food to more general beet eating.
So can Australia change Obama’s mind about beets? YES WE CAN!!
P.S. I’m endeavouring to get a photo of a burger w/the lot. Please stand by.