Have you ever noticed how babies put everything into their mouths? They eat dirt and dry dog food without flinching. Bugs are fair game and if it shines you can be sure they’ll try to taste it. Then something happens and suddenly they are afraid to try something different. They avoid foods without even trying a taste.
Somewhere during the developing stages of our childhood we learn that all foods (or any object for that matter) aren’t necessarily tasty. The sad thing is that we could go through life missing out on a wonderful variety of culinary delights unaware that right under our noses is a foodie opportunity waiting to please our palates.
My point? …. wait for it…… wait for it….. Food fears are reduncullious… get over it! Trying something new is an amazing experience. You never really know what a new food will taste like unless you try it. And, tonight we tried a totally new food in our home.
“Hunter” bagged a couple sandhill crane that yielded 4 beautiful boneless skinless breast of crane that my daughter and I prepared with teriyaki marinade, skewered with some fresh cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, sweet peppers, red onion and chunks of pineapple. My husband did the honors and did the cooking on the outdoor grill. Complements included steamed white rice, braised cabbage, fresh melon, pineapple and mango and the drink of choice at the table was a sparkling pomegranate cocktail over ice.
Sandhill crane meat has been touted as being the “prime rib of the skies” and I do believe that is a very fair description. It’s very dark red, similar to raw beef heart or liver in color, and the texture is quite dense. The flavor is not even in the slightest bit gamey, not even poultry like. If I had not prepared it myself and someone had told me I was eating a bird I would have said they were lying.
Everyone at the table enjoyed the meal and we’re ready to try something new.….And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘Not so, Lord! For nothing common or unclean has at any time entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered me again from heaven, ‘What God has cleansed you must not call common.’ Acts 11