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Old 26.09.2012, 21:20
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Craving Red Meat

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Ive been in Switzerland for about 3 weeks and Im from South Africa. Im already craving red meat!I would normally for out to a place called Spur and have 600g of pork ribs with this juicy marinade that was soooooo nice and sticky and you would end up licking your fingers!

Can you tell I really am craving red meat???

They werent joking when I was told meat is expensive here!

Haaaaaaa just abit of a vent about meat....or rather the lack thereof..
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Old 26.09.2012, 21:27
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Yeah, I'm surprised the Swiss haven't resorted to cannibalism...

yet.
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Old 26.09.2012, 21:38
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Re: Craving Red Meat

It's game season in the supermarkets - look out for actions.
Many are microwaveable ready meals, but don't be put off - although it's not half an ox over a bushwood fire or a pig on a spit, it's rich and full of iron, in a blood rich gravy ..... almost as good as a gazelle burger.

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Yeah .... I am too - especially when I said to her: "Chew on this"
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Yeah, I'm surprised the Swiss haven't resorted to cannibalism...

yet.
hahahaha....Ive resorted to eating sasuages only!
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Yeah, I'm surprised the Swiss haven't resorted to cannibalism...

yet.
Not touching that... tempted, but no.


You should be able to find some deer at good prices now, same with wild boar and hare. GREAT time to make some "hirschpfeffer" (stag stew). Lekker!

Also, keep your eyes peeled, since it is end of summer / early fall, I've seen some "country style" pork ribs (hardly trimmed at all, very meaty but also a good bit of fat too) on sale at Coop "recently" (okay, probably 2 weeks ago), which I season and bake sloooooowly at a low temp, then slather with bbq sauce and bake a lil higher for another 30min. Perhaps not red meat, but suits the carnivore in me for sure.


Oh! Another good find usually is ostrich steaks. This is not something that was commonly available back home (US) but which I've grown to appreciate here.

If you can stomach it, horse can also be a less expensive alternative to beef - I grew up with the idea that horse was only eaten when pretty much everything else was completely gone, and it's either the dog (or cat) or the horse, so it's nono for me (some say it's pretty tasty though).
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Not touching that... tempted, but no.


You should be able to find some deer at good prices now, same with wild boar and hare. GREAT time to make some "hirschpfeffer" (stag stew). Lekker!

Also, keep your eyes peeled, since it is end of summer / early fall, I've seen some "country style" pork ribs (hardly trimmed at all, very meaty but also a good bit of fat too) on sale at Coop "recently" (okay, probably 2 weeks ago), which I season and bake sloooooowly at a low temp, then slather with bbq sauce and bake a lil higher for another 30min. Perhaps not red meat, but suits the carnivore in me for sure.


Oh! Another good find usually is ostrich steaks. This is not something that was commonly available back home (US) but which I've grown to appreciate here.

If you can stomach it, horse can also be a less expensive alternative to beef - I grew up with the idea that horse was only eaten when pretty much everything else was completely gone, and it's either the dog (or cat) or the horse, so it's nono for me (some say it's pretty tasty though).
Horse??Deer??Hare??Boar????Is that what Swiss people eat??WOW!When I said red meat, I wasn't exactly thinking about horses....
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Re: Craving Red Meat

Do you eat your pork red? Very odd...

Plenty of red meat to have here, it is just not cheap - and don't expect it to be on South Africa level.
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Re: Craving Red Meat

Yeah, I have a hard time eating anything I wasn't raised on.

So...

No Mr. Ed for me.

No Bambi for me.

However, I do make a mean guinea pig casserole.

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Horse??Deer??Hare??Boar????Is that what Swiss people eat??WOW!When I said red meat, I wasn't exactly thinking about horses....
Those meats are pretty popular around most of mainland Europe in varying degrees. On holiday in Corsica, you can't move for restaurants serving wild boar when it's in season.

Horse is popular in France and these next couple of months will be "Wildsaison" in Switzerland where you can get game foods, including venison and deer.
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Do you eat your pork red? Very odd...

Plenty of red meat to have here, it is just not cheap - and don't expect it to be on South Africa level.
Ive realised that meat is more expensive here!No wonder most people eat sausages!

I know its not like SA....But I will make the best of it!....
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I didn't realize pork is considered red meat? In the US it is marketed as "the other white meat"
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I didn't realize pork is considered red meat? In the US it is marketed as "the other white meat"
You right....my bad...I should rather have said braais ( barbecues) and lamb chops and steaks!
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Horse??Deer??Hare??Boar????Is that what Swiss people eat??WOW!When I said red meat, I wasn't exactly thinking about horses....
They shoot horses, don't they?
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Horse??Deer??Hare??Boar????Is that what Swiss people eat??WOW!When I said red meat, I wasn't exactly thinking about horses....
Hmm... no comment about the ostrich? Is it eaten commonly in SA? (Sorry, I have no idea, I remember some of the SA folks reminiscing about good braais, but that's about it for "specifics")

Venison is available as both "hirsch" and "reh" here, the hirsch is stag, reh is doe - both quite tasty, although hirsch is more common (and makes for more sustainable eating, as usual).

I've not had "hase", although in the spring rabbit is great. I've used rabbit for curries a few times, when it was on sale. (Mmmm biryani rabbit!)

Wild boar though, this I became a bit familiar with in the US when I lived in the South and one of my friends was a hunter. Georgia boar makes some tasty tasty smoked chops!



Main thing here though, with everything, not just meat, is to buy what's in season as much as you can. Compared to "home" it may still not be cheap, but usually it is less expensive than having off-season stuff. Here, now, that means wild.
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You would be in for a surprise then in parts of Appenzell.
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Hmm... no comment about the ostrich? Is it eaten commonly in SA? (Sorry, I have no idea, I remember some of the SA folks reminiscing about good braais, but that's about it for "specifics")

Venison is available as both "hirsch" and "reh" here, the hirsch is stag, reh is doe - both quite tasty, although hirsch is more common (and makes for more sustainable eating, as usual).

I've not had "hase", although in the spring rabbit is great. I've used rabbit for curries a few times, when it was on sale. (Mmmm biryani rabbit!)

Wild boar though, this I became a bit familiar with in the US when I lived in the South and one of my friends was a hunter. Georgia boar makes some tasty tasty smoked chops!



Main thing here though, with everything, not just meat, is to buy what's in season as much as you can. Compared to "home" it may still not be cheap, but usually it is less expensive than having off-season stuff. Here, now, that means wild.
You can get wabbit and wild boar in France, I got a 750g wabbit this week for 6.50 € and from october they will have boar and other wild stuff.
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Re: Craving Red Meat

This is a fascinating thread - thank you!

I confess that I am quite fond of beef - steak or ground - and will probably miss it when I leave the states. But that's ok; I miss the fresh seafood of Seattle for the last 4 years and have somehow managed to survive
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Good stuff, including pre-packaged heat-n-eat venison in sauce (incidentally, venison = deer).

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The "other white meat" was a US marketing campaign, even though pork is technically a red meat. (source)
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I thought that "the other white meat" refers to "long pig"
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Re: Craving Red Meat

I'm originally from the States and had the same problem; I became a white meat vegetarian (mostly turkey and chicken) until my Swiss friend introduced me to Ostrich. The big bird tastes like a nice juicy steak so it is my first choice now when eating out in a restaurant. Try it on a Hot Stone. It has not been available though for the past few months due to the Avian flu so that is my craving now.
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