As the saying goes: you don’t choose who you fall in love with.
Although I have never eliminated red meat from my diet, I could happily live 90% of the time as a vegetarian. I don’t cook red meat at home, I don’t serve it to guests and I don’t seek it out. I am just not that person who gets cravings for hamburgers or roast beef.
Then I met an amazing person and realized that hunting is a big part of his life. Our 4th date lasted 48 hours as we travelled up to Northern Ontario for an annual game dinner with his hunting buddies. And his taking the first week of November off for “Hunt Camp” to hunt deer is absolutely sacrosanct.
The result is every fall we have a freezer full of venison that needs to be cleared out in time for next influx of venison come November. My diet now includes venison at least once a week. Venison stew, venison burgers, venison ribs, venison meatloaf, venison satay, venison pate, venison sausage…you get the picture. I can’t believe I did this but just for some variety to the menu, I gave the SO a venison cookbook as a stocking stuffer this past Christmas.
This post is one that I have been putting off for a while because I know (believe me, I know) that hunting can be a contentious issue. And I do struggle because even though I enjoy the results, I am still strongly anti-gun. It still bothers me to see the SO set off with his hunting gear after deer, rabbit, turkeys, etc. even though I know that it is licensed and helps in maintaining the right population balance for the food chain.
How do I make peace with this? Basically, I don’t order meat in restaurants and at home, there is no more buying “plastic” meat wrapped in styrofoam packaging from the grocery store. The meat I eat is as organic as you will ever get. And when I am eating it, I know it has only been a few steps from land to my plate. More than that, every part of the animal is being used (by the way, please let me know if you are interested in cured deer hides 🙂
As I said, I’ve been putting this post off for months but felt I needed to ‘fess up about the role of venison in my life…I am interested in any thoughts you might have about this? I do have an amazing recipe for venison burgers if anyone is interested.