June 18, 2010

6/19: Ghana vs. Australia, Cameroon vs. Denmark, Netherlands v Japan

Ghana and Cameroon are represented today by leftovers of two national dishes: Jollof rice and Fufu. We're serving these alongside an exciting Australian recipe that took some serious researching to achieve. Yes, we found kangaroo meat. And we're throwing it on the barbie.
Since Kangaroo is an extremely low fat, high protein meat (you've seen how they jump!) it must be cooked carefully to retain some moisture. We soak our kangaroo fillets in oil for a few minutes before searing on a hot cast iron pan. Carefully salted and peppered, we also opted to slightly bread the 'roos so as to further retain moisture and add flavor.

To further develop the essence of Australia, above and beyond eating adorable marsupials, we've included this handy video.

A few recipes that caught my eye, courtesy of the Kangaroo Industry itself:
Carpaccio of Kangaroo with Chutney
500 gm Kangaroo Fillets
200ml Virgin Olive Oil
120ml Red Wine Vinegar
100g Melon Chutney
Chill Kangaroo fillets and slice as thin as possible – place on a chilled plate with the chutney. Drizzle the red wine vinegar and olive oil over the kangaroo slices and serve.
'Roo Mash
250g Kangaroo Back Loin
1 Sweet Potato
1 Potato (large)
3 Baby Onions (roasted in the oven)
200ml Beef Jus (fancy name for beef stock - Ed)
1 tablespoon Bush Tomato Chutney
1 Parsnip
50g Butter
Make a mashed potato with both the sweet potato and normal potato with butter and seasoning. Place beef jus, chutney and baby onions in a pan and reduce until thick. Peel parsnip and shave into thin slices and deep fry. Sear the kangaroo.
Place mashed potato in the middle of a large flat plate. Place the seared kangaroo on mashed potato facing inwards. Pour chutney jus over the kangaroo. Put roasted baby onions around the meat and place parsnip crisps on top to serve.
Wallaby Bolognese
Finely chop 1 onion and 1 apple and fry together until transparent. Add 500gm wallaby mince, salt pepper, pinch of nutmeg (to taste), 400gm tomato puree, 1/2 cup red wine. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve with 1 pkt cooked spaghetti. Serves 6-8.

The Netherlands vs. Japan
It's Saturday, we have a house full of food and we're taking the day off from this game. Do Heineken sake bombs if you dare.

Until tomorrow, happy kangaroo grilling.

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  1. You found kangaroo! I am so impressed. I can't even find goat around here.

    Also relieved to see you take the occasional bye on a game. I had to toss dying leftovers last night, and my freezer is looking the fullest it's ever been.

  2. I've been giving away food all week. Neither fridge or belly can fully sustain the World Cup Food Challenge.

    If you want to try your hands at 'roo, shoot me an email and I can always send you some. You can't find goat? That's crazy! Goat is very common here. Have you tried any Mexican markets?