Because of unforseen work commitments for the rest of my family I was given the task of keeping my 9 year old grandson last week when he got out of school for the holidays. We ended up hunting five days in a row, and harvested snow geese, specklebellies, and sandhill cranes. He harvested his first snow goose and first sandhill crane, which was a remarkable feat in my opinion. Equally as important, he was a willing participant in getting the game from the field to the table.
We had pot roasted snow goose, courtesy of my cajun friend who hunted with us on three of the mornings. We had a wonderful goose gumbo, also cajun style. On Christmas day, we had our traditional beef tender, but this year had sandhill crane breast filets cooked over live mesquite coals as well. The sandhill crane was a perfect medium rare, and the family agreed it was better than the beef tender and lived up to its reputation as the "ribeye-in-the-sky".
My grandson told me after the Chrismas dinner that the birds you harvested yourself seemed to just taste better. I coundn't agree more.
I hope all of you at Chef Talk had a wonderful Chrismas, and here's best wishes from my family to yours for a Happy New Year!.
Edited by oldpro - 12/26/10 at 6:10am