Recipe ingredients and directions:
Yield: 1 servings
1 ea Small possum or bandicoot*
2 l Water
1 t Salt
1 ea Tin corn*
Any other vegies desired
1 pn Celery leaves
1 pn Parsley
Flour or gravox* to thicken
Fried bread,1 slice per serv
Skin and clean possum or bandicoot, then quarter the animal. (Video
tape this please. I have no idea how to do it. Also "first you have
to catch a possum or bandicoot", but then that's another story.)
Place it in a large pot or camp oven along with water and salt. Cover
and simmer gently for 3 or 4 hours. (Tough little devils apparently.)
Add vegetables and simmer for another 1 1/2 hours (Still tough. Even
the vegies are resisting being associated with this.) Strain soup
through a large holed colander when meat has left bone and remove
bones, especially small ones. Return soup to the pot and add parsley
and celery leaves. Thicken with a little flour or gravox. Cut fried
bread into 1 inch squares and serve soup over toast,boiling hot.
*For those of you that haven't met a bandicoot, it is something
between a possum and a raccoon, sort of, I think, maybe.
*Tin of corn? Well a can I guess, 16 oz.
*Now, when you boil this meat for 5 1/2 hours, strain it and throw it
away, it does make me wonder why you started in the first place.
*Gravox is a meat concentrate seasoning I think. The dish must be
need some flavor.
*Fry the bread any way you want to.
*All things considered, a brick or stone would be a reasonable
alternative if you don't happen to have a possum or bandicoot
Please don't get the impression that this is what my good friends in
Australia eat normally or would even consider eating.
What it is, if I get it typed in, is a collection of recipes from the
harsh outback where you had to make do with what you had. Some of
them are even taken from the Aboriginal Peoples of Australia.
These recipes are for the most part unique, unusual, and as far as I
In this particular recipe, I couldn't help from adding some comments,
but then I only used it for a test. Hope you enjoy it even if you
never have unexpected guests and all that is available is a possum or
bandicoot that you don't know what to do with.
Category: Australian Recipes