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#16 Petals

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 02:05 AM

This is all so very very interesting. I am only just catching up on all
of these posts after the first flurry of snow!

Karen the Stone Inn sounds intriguing. When restored no doubt you
have other ideas for it!

Loved hearing about the wildlife.

Thanks to all of you!




#17 pinkmoiree

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 04:25 AM

Thank you Karen and how exciting! smile.gif

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#18 Carolyn

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Posted 23 August 2005 - 11:58 PM

This is such a funny thread! Lots of chuckles.

I live in the Adelaide foothills and we have Koalas and kookaburras in our suburb, which is about 5 kilometres from the centre of the city. We have heaps of goannas too, which scare us sometimes because we think they are snakes.

We get snow in the foothills maybe once or twice a year, but none that we can ski on. NSW and Victoria have excellent snowfields though. I am sure you would all have heard of the Thredbo disaster a few years ago.

We dont see platypus (platypi) at all, but kangaroos are frequent a few k's up the road. Adelaide is much smaller than Sydney or Melbourne and we tend to get more wildlife as a result. But we take them for granted I guess. Kangaroo Island is in our state, and this is the BEST way to see all the Australian wildlife in 1 easy hit. The only problem on KI is that there are TOO MANY Koalas here and they are eating themselves out of their habitat. They have tried sterilising them but their pop size is expanding rapidly. So they are being culled, which is really sad.

Also, we regularly eat kangaroo - which bears the thought, does any other nation eat their National Emblem? We really are a weird bunch!

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 03:10 AM

This may sound awful but in Sweden we eat Santas reindeers. And it tastes really good too. tongue.gif The lapps in the north of Sweden still try to maintain reindeer herds in the traditional way and make a living on it. If you ever get the chance and have the stomach for it, I do recommend you to try a traditional reindeer dish biggrin.gif

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 03:30 AM

QUOTE(Carolyn @ Aug 24 2005, 03:58 PM)
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Also, we regularly eat kangaroo - which bears the thought, does any other nation eat their National Emblem?  We really are a weird bunch!

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Well Carolyn, I'm originally from Canada, and our national animal is the Beaver...never tried it myself tongue.gif

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 07:23 PM

Yep - I believe we Aussie's are the only nation that eats it's national emblems (don't forget the emu!).

Plenty of them about in NSW as well, just not too many in Sydney! Have holidayed with them though just a few hours down the coast. Lovely to wake up to watching them grazing and hopping about the place! Dylan (my dog) likes watching them too, but usually ends up barking at them to go away (little bugger!) laugh.gif

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 11:20 PM


In Victoria kangaroo meat was only sold for animals, it was and I think still is illegal to sell it for human consumption. I know as Carolyn said it is quite legal in South Australia and very many restaurants have it on the menu but I don't know about the other states although I thought it was also illegal in N.S.W.

Haven't tried beaver but have eaten zebra and giraffe in Africa and I think I have had reindeer.

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 02:02 AM

Goodness Aussie Girl, I never knew that! Kangaroo meat is in every Butcher shop and Supermarket here! I dont like it myself because I dont like gamey meat but family love it!

Have also eaten rattlesnake in Arizona, reindeer? Nope, couldnt do it!

#24 Petals

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 10:32 AM



I expect the Kangaroo meat would have to be hung (as it is
game) . Or is it quite tender? I won't even
eat rabbit. I was once given that on the pretext that it was
chicken. Ugh! Not for me and I knew something was wrong
when I was eating it. Left it in the end as the texture was
quite different from chicken.

I have been told that Kangaroo is very good to eat... Don't think
I would try rattlesnake though!


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Edited by Jacqueline, 25 August 2005 - 09:59 PM.


#25 Aussie Girl

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Posted 26 August 2005 - 12:27 AM


Jacky, If you don't like rabbit I don't think you would like kangaroo. I have eaten it a few times in restaurants in South Australia and found it a very heavy, gamey and dark meat and didn't really enjoy it although kangaroo tail soup I thought was delicious. On the other hand I love rabbit, so just as well we are all different in our tastes. Have also eaten crocodile which tastes like a cross between chicken and fish and I have eaten snake but not sure if it was rattlesnake or not.

Unfortunately we don't really hang our meat here to any degree - certainly not like you do in the U.K. and in Europe but then most of our game is farmed.

You may also be interested to know we are only just allowing a few non-pasteurized milk cheeses to be imported into the country at long last which is great news for cheese lovers.

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