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Old Monday 30th January 2006, 15:35   #1
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Roadkill recipes

From BBC news:

"Roadkill fan penning recipe book

A man from north Cornwall who regularly eats animals
killed on the roads is set to share his unusual taste
with others.

Arthur Boyt, who is 66 and from Davidstow, is writing
a recipe book about his gastronomic enthusiasm for
roadkill.

Mr Boyt, a retired civil servant, insists the
creatures are no threat to health if they are well
cooked.

He has been picking up the bodies of a wide variety of
creatures and cooking them for 30 years.

'Good meat'

Mr Boyt, who has a degree in biology, cooks the meat
at a high temperature for a long time, ensuring it is
safe to eat.

"It's good meat for free and I know nobody has been
messing with it and feeding it with hormones and
growth accelerants and so on. It's just natural, fully
organic meat."

Some of his more unusual meals have included a greater
horseshoe bat and otter.

He regularly eats badger, rabbit, deer, weasel,
hedgehog, squirrel and fox.

"I've lived off roadkill for the last 30 years or so.
It adds to the pleasure of a meal to know I haven't
paid for it," said Mr Boyt, whose wife Su is a
vegetarian.

Mr Boyt says that as well as writing his book he has
been approached by Gordon Ramsay's cookery programme
the F-Word, to cook one of his roadkill dishes later
this year."


I love the comment about his wife being a veggie!

Brings to mind this dialogue from Life of Brian:

BRIAN:
Larks' tongues. Otters' noses. Ocelot spleens.
REG:
Got any nuts?
BRIAN:
I haven't got any nuts. Sorry. I've got wrens' livers, badgers' spleens--
REG:
No, no, no.
BRIAN:
Otters' noses?
REG:
I don't want any of that Roman rubbish.
JUDITH:
Why don't you sell proper food?
BRIAN:
Proper food?
REG:
Yeah, not those rich imperialist tit-bits.
BRIAN:
Well, don't blame me. I didn't ask to sell this stuff.
REG:
All right. Bag of otters' noses, then.
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Old Monday 30th January 2006, 15:55   #2
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Chef Boyt should visit the Roadkill Cafe ("You kill it, we grill it! America's Original 'Meals on Wheels'") on famous Route 66 here in Seligman, AZ, and check out their menu. (I have their barbecue apron, that's where I got the below mini-menu. )


ROADKILL CAFE MENU
Eating food is more fun, when you know it was hit on the run!

Entrees

Center Line Bovine (tastes real good, straight from the hood)
Shishka-Bobcats (Delectable treat - resembling meat)
Flat Cat (Served as a single... or in a stack)

A Taste of the Wild Side (Still In The Hide)

Chunk of Skunk
Hard Luck Duck
Road Toad a la Mode
Shake-n-Bake Snake
Cat Puffs
Whippoorwill off the Grill
Vulture-n-Veggies
Rigor Mortis Tortoise

Bag-N-Gag
Our Daily Take-out Lunch Special!
Hit on the run - stuffed in a bun!

Canine Cuisine (You'll eat like a hog when you taste our dog!)

Slab of Lab
Pit Bull Pot Pie
Cocker Cutlets
Shar-Pei Filet
Poodles-n-Noodles
Dog on a Stick
Collie Cold Cuts
German Shepherd Pie
Ground Round of Hound

Guess That Mess
Guess what it is, you eat it for FREE!

Soup-n-Quackers

Late Night Delight

Fender Tenders (assorted chunks scraped fresh daily)
Smear of Deer
Awesome Possom
Succulent Snake
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Old Monday 30th January 2006, 16:35   #3
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Brilliant Katy!

Shame they don't do Baldrick's famous Rat au Vin - a rat that's been run over by a van!
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Old Monday 30th January 2006, 16:44   #4
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Hi Andy.

Did you never wonder about the pasties that you and Helen had for your picnic lunch whilst on the bird tour with me?

And what about the other delicacies, Azure-winged Mag-"pie", Mon-"goose liver paté" and the Apple "Tern"-over for afters?
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Squirrels Nuts anyone?.
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My friend Bob is a roadkill fan. He once cooked me Pheasant schnitzel - excellent. He also tried Squirrel but said it was revolting. A tip is to ensure the carcass is in a state of rigor mortis when you peel it off the road, as this guarantess it is relatively fresh. You also have to check that the liver and stomach have not been split in the collision. There is also some law about you can't take the dead animal off the road if you've killed it yourself, you have to find it dead. Although that might just concern deer.

He once told me about the time his friend John and him found a deer on the roadside. They tried to stuff it in the boot of the car, but because it was so stiff the legs wouldn't fit in. They were contemplating butchering it on the roadside when a Forestry Commission warden arrived and politely told them to **** off back to the city and to shop at Tescos!
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When I worked for the rspb there was a bit of a trend for trying to get species to add to your eaten list - all killed by cars/cats etc. I hasten to add rather than rspb workers. It mainly seem to be a warden thing. I had corncrake when working in the Hebrides.

Very nice but probably best not to spread that, expecially as you'd need quite a few for a decent meal.

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Hi Andy.

Did you never wonder about the pasties that you and Helen had for your picnic lunch whilst on the bird tour with me?

And what about the other delicacies, Azure-winged Mag-"pie", Mon-"goose liver paté" and the Apple "Tern"-over for afters?
Good one John! I'd recommend them to anyone. Sounds like you have time on your hands - is it raining at last??
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Do birds that collide with ships superstructures and masts come under "road kill [marine]" cos if so, Howsabout R.C Pochard, very nice with an orange sauce, Pygmy Cormorant - an aquired taste(read ughhhh!) Quail mmmmm, BN Grebe - unusual, Coot - not recomended, various waders, bony but not bad!

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Old Tuesday 31st January 2006, 12:55   #10
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Originally Posted by tom mckinney

He once told me about the time his friend John and him found a deer on the roadside. They tried to stuff it in the boot of the car, but because it was so stiff the legs wouldn't fit in. They were contemplating butchering it on the roadside when a Forestry Commission warden arrived and politely told them to **** off back to the city and to shop at Tescos!
A similar story...

Late one night, driving through King's Wood in Kent, I clobbered a deer. A sodding enormous great big stag. I stopped, and got out fearing the worst for the front of my car (Peugeot 205 - about as substantial as a pack of fags). It seemed surprisingly undamaged (though the following morning daylight revealed a nice set of small holes in the bonnet from the antler points) - not so the stag, sprawled dead on the road in my headlights.

Seemed a shame to waste it, so got back in the car and set about folding the back seats down. My mate in the passenger seat was having kittens (her being a devout vegetarian), but I was damned if I was leaving it, and was fairly sure I knew a butcher in Canterbury who'd handle it for me. (Couldn't see my gralloching a deer going down too well in the hall of residence...)

Opened the boot, and grabbed the most convenient handle on the stag to drag it round to the boot - the antlers. Lined it up nicely, and clambered in the back to haul it in. Had got the head and neck over the lip of the boot when the damn thing stood up.

I let go of the antlers pretty sharpish, it shook its head, and then vanished into the darkness. Bloody good job it came to then and not a few minutes later...

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Jeez, what a story CE!
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Mr Boyt was interviewed today on Radio Scotland (Fred MacAulay & Co). The interview was hastily cut short when he owned up to once running over a dog, and .............yes, you guessed right what he did with it. I'm not particularly fond of dogs, but this was utterly sickening. The interviewers (Fred and John Beattie) sounded clearly upset.
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He even got a mention on The Now Shoooooooooooooooooooow.
Great tale CE!
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