I gave some away, and traded some with a friend of mine who hunts every fall. But he doesn't particularly like venison. So I've got venison stew, venison loin chops, venison roast, and ground venison.
I've never actually had venison. Maybe I won't like it either. But now we've got Bessie and Bambi.
At the farmer's market on Saturday we also bought some emu. It's red meat but it's only 2% fat, so it's really good for you. So you can add Emily the emu to the mix.
I figure it's good to eat a variety of meat. If you think about it, the pioneers probably had a much more varied diet, at least where protein was concerned. They would have eaten bear, and rabbit, and fish, and goose, and duck, and anything they could happen to kill. We eat farmed cow and chicken with a litlte pork thrown in. And that's it unless you can convince your family to eat fish. I think variety is good for the soul.
Anyway, I now have to cook all these weird meats, so for Menu Plan Monday, here is my plan:
Monday: Venison Steak
. I saw a number of recipes for something like barbecue sauce marinade, but I'm not into barbecue sauce today. So we're going to try this. My mother's coming over for dinner and she requested Bambi, so there you go.
Tuesday: Emu Stew mixed with a bit of Bessie, the cow. Apparently because emu is so low in fat it's really better to cook it in liquid, so I thought I'd do a stew with some really yummy fresh carrots and mushrooms and potatoes I picked up at the farmer's market, too.
Wednesday: Company night. How about a roast on the rotisserie on the barbecue? I'll try a sirloin roast again. We did it for the first time on Saturday night and it was really yummy. I have lots of leftovers, though, so I'll have to do something about that. I think I'll make chocolate zucchini bread, too. Have you ever tried that? It is so yummy and you can't even taste the zucchini. It reminds me of those Snack 'n Cakes my mother used to bake when I was little.
Thursday: Beef pie with the leftovers. Oh, yeah. I love beef pie.
And then next weekend I think I'm taking my youngest away, just the two of us. But I'm not sure about that. More later.
So, if any of you have ever eaten venison or emu, let me know what you think and any tips you might have!