Four square meals

Breakfast: some say the most important meal of the day. Not many people would consider salad for breakfast, but how about this cereal salad? Not sure what to have, I decided on a little of everything in the pantry … Weet-Bix, Corn-Flakes, Granola and All-Bran, top with some honey (instead of sugar) and soy milk, because variety is the spice of life!

Big Breakfast or late brunch: how about scrambled eggs on hashbrown?

Lunch or dinner: fresh flat-head fillets in beer-batter with chips and salad! Oh, now I’m hungry 😛

If you’re offended by the sight of cooked meat, politely look away now …

Dinner: Venison thinly sliced, rubbed with Tasmanian native herbs then marinated in Bourbon for about an hour, before being smoked at 130 degrees C in a Webber BBQ. Served with salad and corn chips and Stubbs BBQ sauce. And a home-brew stout 😛

OK, you’ve been warned …

Deer are a big threat to Tasmania’s National Parks and World Heritage Areas – I personally have no problem eating venison, it tastes delicious and I think it should be as staple in every pub and restaurant to encourage reducing the feral population in a less wasteful manner than how they are currently managed.

Ironically, (or moronically), Fallow deer are recognised as a game resource and as such listed as ‘partly protected wildlife’ in Tasmania, despite estimates the current feral deer population in Tasmania at 100,000 and climbing!

Fellow Deer were first introduced into Tasmania in the 1830’s. They are a medium size deer which originated in Turkey and are herbivores that browse on grasses, herbs and shrubs. Fallow deer are often found in cleared or open grassy areas, open woodlands, forests and scattered timber farmland. They may be seen in mountainous areas through to cleared open farmland.

A growing pest problem, they can cause significant damage to native vegetation and ecologically fragile areas, and can spread weeds. Fallow deer can form large herds and their total grazing pressure can be significant. [Source]

13 thoughts on “Four square meals

  1. Not offended at all. We lived on venison for decades – so much that I didn’t even know the price of beef in the stores. I don’t like the idea of killing deer, but I don’t want to eat them alive, and anyway, the killing of cattle, pigs, and poultry is not nice to look at either. So if I like meat (and I do), I have to accept that animals have to die to feed me. Life is harsh when you have to do reality checks. Having said that, the fish and the venison dishes both look really good!

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    1. Thanks Anneli, I was bought up on kangaroo, rabbits and seafood hunted or caught by my Dad. Much better for the environment than beef and kinder than farming domestic animals for food. I went vegetarian for 10 years in my 20’s, then I became quite sick, so started eating meat again and got better. I prefer to eat things that have a lower enviro impact or that I would be prepared to kill myself, though I do enjoy the occasional steak 😀 I’m currently torn between eating our farmed salmon or wild caught fish. I love salmon, but the way and volume they are raised here is not good for the environment.

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      1. Don’t eat the farmed salmon. My husband is a commercial fisherman and we shudder when we hear what farmed salmon are fed. And the antibiotics!!! Wild fish, always! It’s no contest.

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      2. Thanks Anneli, there’s a recent book out by Richard Flanagan called “Toxic” about our local farmed fish industry, which I must read! I also remember their introduction in the water ways when I was younger, even n a small scale it began having an impact on the local bays. I hardly eat any of it now.

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  2. Love the Tassie grub. I’m fascinated by your perceived need to apologise for pics. I’ve eschewed such trigger warnings, as they seem childish to me. Nevertheless love the menu of our Tassie bounty

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    1. Thanks David, just a polite forewarning to any vegetarian viewers 🙂 I find it funny when people apologise for not blogging for a bit like people are relying on them to post 🙂

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      1. Yes I know the feeling. Trigger warnings to Vegos animal cruelty, LGBTQI + , indigini, mentally ill etc etc I eschew. Guess I see that the self censorship is more to be feared than censorship 😃

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  3. We have an in-town deer problem here in Port Townsend. No predators. No hunting. They browse on my shrubs and flowers… although I’ve seen them eat dandelions, too. They are quite tame and don’t obey the traffic rules. Jaywalkers.
    I wish we could munch on a few of them.
    Your venison shot looks tasty.

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    1. Thanks Allan, it seems insane to me to have such a problem and a resource and not take advantage and bring balance. We now have a similar problem with wallaby here. Since guns were restricted and heavily controlled, not many people hunt any more and they have no natural predators. The population has exploded in the last 10 or so years. It’s nice and green this spring/summer so they are breeding more now, it won’t be good when the next dry summer hits. Most that are shot around farms for animal control are left to rot, it’s such a wasted resource.

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