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* Horse meat now sold to Australians
* Previously only sold as pet food
* Popular meat in France, Italy, Japan, China
HORSE is now OK to eat in Australia and we may even learn to like it, say leading foodies.
Perth butcher Vince Gareffa, known as the Prince of Flesh, has led the charge by getting special permission from the West Australian government to supply the gamey meat to the public.
Mr Gareffa, who also supplies chefs across the country, opened his Perth shop yesterday with fresh horse meat for sale.
“We’ve got so many horses running in the wild, and we kill camels, we kill kangaroos, we kill emus,” Mr Gareffa said.
“There’s no way in the world it’s any different. It just happens to be more emotional.”
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Australian Gourmet Traveller features editor Pat Nourse has been a fan of the meat since accidentally ordering it in Italy.
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He said the resistance to make horse legal for human consumption in Australia was due to perception.
“It’s not a familiar foodstuff in this country for people,” he said.
“Although horses are routinely butchered for pet meat here, no one seems particularly bothered by that.”
A Melbourne chef plans to introduce the meat to food fans at a festival next month after agreeing to a $50 bet by Nourse on Twitter.
Nicolas Poeleart of Embrasse Restaurant, who has eaten horse ever since he was a child in France, will feature the meat in a simple tartare-style dish at the Taste of Melbourne festival.
“I just want people to try it,” Poeleart said.
The chef isn’t sure why Australia hasn’t allowed horse for human consumption until now.
“When the whole country stops for a few hours for a horse race… I think the horse is mostly seen as a pet,” he said.
“I think it’s a culture thing.”
Poeleart said horse meat would be most popular initially at middle-scale restaurants, pubs and then finally fine-dining establishments. He added that it would probably take a few years to catch on.
According to Nourse, butchers will probably sell more of it to people at home than they will through restaurants.
“The groups who I would see eating it would be people who’ve grown up with it – perhaps people who have tried it overseas and the odd culinary thrillseeker,” he said.
Poeleart says horse meat – which Australia already exports for international diners – is not very expensive.
“It’s about the same price as good beef,” he said.
“You have to cook it like venison, but using beef recipes.
“But you have to be very careful because it’s really lean, there’s not very much fat on it.”
And it’s not bad either, according to Nourse.
“It’s kind of like horsey beef,” he said.
“It’s perfectly tasty.”
When you’re out in the surf, and you’ve just caught an amazingly big wave, and you’re riding it, and some inexperienced surfer loses their board and it smacks you smartly across the back of the head.
Not only do you have to worry about the huge waves, and the possibility that you might be concussed, you also don’t realise that you’re pouring out blood like there’s no tomorrow, and probably attracting every shark within a 20km radius.
I still have the scab, and it just started bleeding again.
Good thing I have a lot of hair right?
Australia’s Deadliest Wave.
It’s possibly the World’s Deadliest too. My crazy friend has surfed it and survived. You’ll never catch me attempting it.
Here are some of the reasons.
Once the lip hits the water, it explodes like TNT
It is pretty much only a bodyboarding wave, although surfers can tow in, but it is risky, but has been done before in billabong odyssey.
Surfers can’t wear a leash because if they wipe out they will get dragged across the reef and will be in big trouble.
If you wipe out here it is extremely dangerous.
The reef is super shallow!
It looks like it will be a 3-4 foot wave, and jacks up to 10 feet.
There is no hospital for a 2 hr boat trip then 5 hr car drive.
Also massive 8 metre+ great white sharks are in these deep waters and many lives have been lost in shark attacks off this coast.
If you get cut up out here you are extremely lucky to not attract sharks.
This wave has broken backs/necks/sliced skin and more on the reef…
Cyclops is the most hyped and least surfed wave in the world.
It’s extremely heavy with massive amounts of water unloading on shallow reef.
To get here..
You have to take a day trip from Esperance, and get out there by boat.
Esperance is 7 hours drive from Perth.