Fall is hunting season, which marks the beginning of wild game season, whether it's truly wild or farmed. |
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Chef For All Seasons
|Wild Game: A Primer
Game connoisseurs enjoy meats such as bison, elk, caribou and venison for a number of reasons.
One reason is that game meat can be healthier. It's lower in fat than beef, and grass fed bison have a higher level of heart-healthy Omega 3 fats. Elk has the lowest fat and calorie count of any of the red meats and can be substituted for beef in most recipes.
Another reason is flavour - elk meat tends to be sweet and tender, but it also depends on how it's prepared.
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Rosemary Wild Boar and Apple Brochettes
Some people say that Wild Boar is closer to beef than pork, but the meat and flavour vary depending on the age of the animal and the method of preparation.
Wild Boar is leaner and more flavorful than regular pork. It is darker in color and has a distinctive flavor with a hint of its wild heritage.
Wild Boar should be cooked to medium rare to medium allowing the meat to retain its moisture and distinctive flavor. Remember, because it is leaner than domestic pork, cooking times are reduced.
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Game birds such as pheasant, quail, wild turkey and emu are also popular.
Ostrich meat in particular is becoming more popular - with an 80% protein content, it's lower in fat than beef, but just as flavourful. One issue is that due to the lower fat content, it cooks more quickly.
Pheasant meat is comparable to chicken, but because they are largely free range, they have a nicer flavour. However, pheasant meat can be a little tougher than chicken.
Cumbrae's has a simple recipe for Supreme of Pheasant: click here
|Here are some delicacies from around the world. |
1. Camel Humps (Arab/Western Chinese)
2. Snake meat (Singapore)
3. Fried Grasshoppers (Africa)
4. Iguana (South America)
5. Crocodile (Australia)
6. Tarantula (Cambodia)
7. Bat Paste (Thailand)
8. Balut (duck embryo, Phillipines)
Cooks Illustrated - a superb guide for all things food. Learn recipes, techniques, and product knowledge. You'll become a gourmet chef before you know it!
Epicurious.com- Recipes, menus, articles, cooking guides and more.
Mercola.com - The world's #1 Natural Health Newsletter covering wellness, nutrition, and various blog topics to keep you healthy and living longer.
Foodland Ontario - Want to support Ontario's farmers, but don't know what's available? Here's an easy to read seasonal guide:
Culinarium.ca- Toronto-based gourmet food shop, which showcases Ontario food and offers a range of natural, organic, sustainable food.
Cumbraes.ca- Toronto-based butchery offering traditionally raised meat from the finest local farms, specialty foods, and prepared foods.
Glencolton Farms - Learn about raw milk and be a part of Cow Share Canada
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