The Casserole is the Cat’s Meow – the last meow
I saw a short blurb on CNN about the chef who gave advice about how to skin a cat or how to eat a cat or how delicious they are compared with other animals. At first I passed on mentioning this, but, you know my sense of sensibility by now – serve it up, I will.
It didn’t start with the Italian chef, nor did it end with the Australians. I wonder if there is an episode featuring Bear Grylls dining on feline?
"TV Chef Recommends Cat Casserole
A top Italian food writer has been suspended indefinitely from a popular TV cooking program for recommending stewed cat to viewers as a "succulent dish." Beppe Bigazzi, 77, said that casserole of cat was a popular dish where he grew up in Tuscany. "I've eaten it myself and it's a lot better than many other animals," he said.”
“Australians have come up with a novel solution to the millions of feral cats roaming the outback - eat them.
The felines are the descendants of domestic pets and kill millions of small native animals each year.
A recent Alice Springs contest featured wild cat casserole. The meat is said to taste like a cross between rabbit and, perhaps inevitably, chicken.
But wildlife campaigners have expressed their dismay that Australia's wild cat now finds itself on the nation's menus.
Cat stew recipe
Feral cats are one of the most serious threats to Australia's native fauna. They eat almost anything that moves, including small marsupials, lizards, birds and spiders.
The woman behind the controversial cat stew recipe has said Australians could do their bit to help the environment by tucking into more feral pests, including pigeons and camels.
But it was a recipe for feline casserole that impressed some of the judges at an outback food competition in Alice Springs.
Preparing this unusual stew seems simple enough.
The meat should be diced and fried until it is brown. Then lemon grass is to be added along with salt and pepper and three cups of quandong, which is a sweet desert fruit.
It is recommended that the dish be left to simmer for five hours before being garnished with bush plums and mistletoe berries.
Marinated moggie was not to everyone's taste. One of the competition judges found the meat impossibly tough and had to politely excuse herself and spit it out in a backroom.
Wild cats are considered good eating by some Aborigines, who roast the animals on an open fire.
This outback cuisine does come with a health warning.
Scientists have said that those eating wild cats could be exposed to harmful bacteria and toxins.”