When we got back to The Mill, Jason cooked up some food on the barbecue, and I was happy to finally get some red meat with dinner. Most of our other meals were heavy on the vegetables, which I’m generally not a fan of but ate anyway. However, when I sat down at the table I noticed that people were not digging right in. They were carefully cutting the pieces of meat instead of shoveling it down as I had intended. That’s when I figured out we weren’t eating regular meat. We had kangaroo steaks, camel sausages and buffalo patties.
Traveling puts you into situations you’d never experience at home and pushes you to your physical, emotional and psychological limits. But, I think when you travel you become a different person than you are a home. You’re more open to try new things just to see how things work out.
So, with that in mind, I dug right into the kangaroo, which was apparently cooked medium rare to keep it soft and moist. At home, a medium rare steak is a no go because I don’t like seeing the red meat or having the meat bleed when I cut into it. Luckily, the lighting above us was bad so I couldn’t see either (or maybe the kangaroo meat doesn’t bleed as much as beef?). The kangaroo meat was very soft and chewy. It was really good and didn’t have as much fat as beef does. You could maybe compare it to eating veal?
Next, I dug into the camel sausages, which I found to have a slight kick to them. I’m not sure if this was due to the meat itself (is this what they mean when they say meat tastes gamey?) or if added flavors made the sausage spicier. In either case, I really liked them and they tasted different. Shaped like jelly beans, the sausages were curved and about three inches in diameter. Like the kangaroo, they seemed pretty lean because hardly any oil came out when I cut into them.
Lastly, I had the buffalo patties. They were about the size of a brown ‘n serve beef patty you’d eat for breakfast. They tasted good as well and seemed lean. I can’t pinpoint anything specific about what they tasted like, although they definitely didn’t taste like beef or pork. The patty texture was similar though.
It could be because I was meat-starved by the time we ate this or just starving in general, but the kangaroo, camel and buffalo all tasted really good. Maybe it’s because I’m a true carnivore at heart and any kind of meat is good meat?