More Road Kill Cookery
I've had more than one request from one of our editors
to do a follow up on my first ever story, Heritage Roadkill
Cooking Class Edition One, so here it goes.
You must realise how hard it is to get fresh roadkill,
armed only with a pushbike.
Hard you might say, but for some recipes, aside from
freshness, minimal damage is required. In this first recipe,
finding the ingredients would be rare, so to bring one home would
be an occasion for a party, or repairing punctures on the
Toothpicks or Roast Echidna
You need to be pretty thick skinned yourself to have a
go, but I suppose if it was a matter of survival it's good to
To soften its skin, place the echidna into hot water.
Remove its head and feet, and skin it like a rabbit. After that
you deal with it as you would a rabbit or chicken when roasting.
Serve with candied sweet potatoes.
Barbecued Black Snake
This is a meal I have actually eaten at a mad Bush
Party, during the '80s. This is another recipe that requires
minimal damage for good results. The one that we ate was
accidentally stepped on a few times (they weren't protected at
Firstly, after making sure the snake is dead, remove
its head a few inches behind the eyes. Slit the snake's
underbelly and remove the vein. Peel the skin off like a rubber
glove, exposing beautiful white flesh. Cut the meat into 4 inch
long portions and chuck it on the barbie, splashing with generous
amounts of white wine while turning, and in between
mouthfuls...a good cook should never dry
Snake flesh has the taste of chicken and the flaky
texture of fish, and cooks as quickly as fish. 5/5
Kangaroo Tail Soup
1 Kangaroo Tail
2 litres Water
1 Stalk Celery
1 large Carrot
1 large Onion
30 grams Flour
30-60 grams Dripping
Wash, scald and dry the tail and divide the large
joints at the root and shake in the flour. Heat the dripping and
brown the pieces of tail.
Add the water and gently cook for 4 hours, or until the
meat is tender. Strain the stock into a large basin. Take out the
pieces of tail and dip into boiling water to remove excess
When the stock is cold, skim off the fat which will
have formed on the top. Return the stock to the pan adding the
vegies, salt, peppercorns and cloves. Cook until the vegies are
tender and soft, press vegetables through a strainer, return once
more to the pan and thicken with flour, which has been made into
a thin paste with milk of water. Stir, and once more bring the
soup to the boil.
Add the tomato sauce, simmer for a further 5 minutes so
that the flour is thoroughly cooked, then serve the soup
The pieces of Kangaroo Tail can be reheated in a thick
gravy flavoured with a little walnut vinegar and served
separately, garnished with chopped pickled walnut ...yum!
.....and finally,a recipe where splatter doesn't matter, maybe a
shovel on the freeway will save some time.
Roadkill Dog Biscuits
500 grams minced raw meat (roo, deer, boar
2 kgs maize flour
500gms chopped peanuts
Mix all the ingredients together with water to a dough
consistency. Roll out to a 1/2 inch thickness, cut into long
shapes and bake in a moderate oven until well
That's man and beast fed, now to wash it all down with
Pea Pod Wine or pea pod
2 kgs Pea Pods
2 kg Sugar
1 tspn Nutrient
1 level tspn Wine Yeast
10 litres Boiling Water
You rarely ever see a real pea pod, with our green peas coming
frozen in packets. So in making pea pod wine, you get a chance
to shell newly picked peas and make a fresh, light, hock-type
Boil the pea pods until soft. Strain,
add sugar. When lukewarm, add a teaspoon of Nutrient and the
teaspoon of yeast. Stir well. Allow to ferment for a few days
then pour into fermentation jars, and cover.
To produce a sparkling wine, you will need to use
champagne bottles. Use the ordinary corks, which you will have to
wire down with either commercial wire tops (old champagne tops
and wire) or with your own invention, the purpose is simply to
retain the pressure created by the continued fermentation inside
the bottle. Use aluminium foil to cover the tops of your
sparkling wine bottles.
Bottle after fermenting in the jars, covered, in about
5 days and can be enjoyed in 3 months time.
Did you know?
Queen Elizabeth II has a cousin living here in Tallong?! I'm
afraid can't tell you her name as I'm sworn to the official
secrets act, but like most Aussie politicians I could be
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Wingello Post Office,
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