Well I've visited Istanbul many times but I ain't no turkey! Sorry for the hillbilly phraseology but, you see, I was almost an American or, rather, my father was almost born an American in which case, I believe that I would be able to claim the USA as my fatherland and I rather fancy hillbilly talk.
My grandfather had emigrated to the USA in the 1890s and was joined by his wife. They moved around Boston and Connecticut until, my grandmama declared that she wanted to return to England (they were both first generation English, their parents, in turn coming from Ireland).
I believe that they had taken American citizenship but they certainly set sail for England aboard a US vessel. My grandmother was expecting a baby within a few days of setting off (strange) but the birth was delayed and she did not produce my father until they were back in Blighty. Phew! A narrow squeak!
|A nice slice of Beaver? - actually I'll opt for the fish!|
This post is going nowhere so cut to beaver stew recipe.....'enjoy' as they say almost everywhere now....first catch your beaver....
BEAVER STEW RECIPE
2-3 lbs 1 inch cubes beaver
2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 medium onions
1/2 lb carrots
6 medium potatoes
2 stalks celery
Combine flour, salt and pepper in a closable bag or 2 quart closable plastic container and shake until mixed. Add beaver and shake until well coated.
Dice onions. Melt enough bacon grease in the bottom of a fry pan to sauté onions and beaver. Sauté onions and floured beaver in bacon grease, adding more grease as needed. Place sautéed cubes and onions in a 4 quart pot with enough water to cover. Add water to fry pan to remove the remainder of the bacon grease and flour. Add this pan gravy to your stew.
Slice carrots and dice celery. Add carrots and celery to your stew and simmer until beaver is somewhat tender (about 30 minutes). Taste broth and add salt or pepper to taste. Cut potatoes into 1 inch cubes and add enough water to just cover the meat and vegetables. Simmer until potatoes are done (about 30 minutes).
Now, if you enjoy this dish, a word of caution. If you find that your sentences carry a slight echoing whistle as you enunciate or, if you develop a fondness for nibbling at the trunk of trees - then is the time to stop!