I often talk about "eating a zoo" and although being vegan is probably more common now, in the past zoophagy was a far more popular pastime. Groups of wealthy Victorian chaps sat around and munched on rhino, eland, elephant and bear.
In the UK now we happily eat pigs, sheep, cows and chickens but once past those people get oddly squeamish, 'oh no!' they squeal ' I couldn't eat a horse, I just couldn't' , but why? why couldn't we? Society has enforced within us 'rules' about what is, and what isn't, food; but our bodies are happy to override that and use the fuel we give it. I'm happily eating all sorts of interesting things...
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Starting with the mammals...
- Buffalo (bison) (delicious)
- Water buffalo
- Rabbit (tender, lean)
- Giraffe (similar to zebra, like mild beef)
- Zebra (not bad)
- Llama (tasty)
- Chicken (tastes like chicken)
- Duck (not keen)
- Ostrich (yummy)
- Crocodile (not as exciting as I'd hoped, bland)
- Salmon (don't like it)
- Caviare (various types, liked the bright green and orange best, sea urchin I think)
- Trout (delicate, lovely)
- Monk fish
- Squid (excellent fried in batter)
- Lobster (with chilli and spaghetti...one of my favourite meals)
- Mussels (lovely with garlic and chips)
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I love animals so I feel a bit odd also enjoying eating them. But I have killed things (with my bare hands, don't ask), I'm not one of those "oh it's ok if it doesn't look like an animal" carnivores. I've eaten fish with eyes on...whole.
I shall continue to try and eat my zoo, though I'm avoiding carnivores as I've heard they taste bad. I shall draw the line at endangered species too, no panda sausages. But pretty much everything else is fair game (pun intended)
Next on my wish list, goat (preferably in a curry), kangaroo, some other birds maybe, quail, pigeon, goose?
(for those keen to join me, check with your local butcher, Lidl or ExoticMeats online)
How about you? Vegan, vegetarian, reluctant carnivore or keen zoo eater?
If you eat animals what's on your list? Any I need to try?