Yesterday I had to work, and everyone on my shift participated in bringing in something.
I decided to go out on a limb and cook a turkey for the very first time, ever. I brined it well, then roasted it. It turned out great, as I tested it before bringing it in to work by performing a radical unilateral mastectomy on it for dinner Tuesday night.
Two coworkers also brought meat, and we feasted! Most everyone else brought side dishes and desserts, which was fine. Nothing like a well-rounded menu.
But something was ... odd.
The two coworkers who brought meat had brought in three whacking great pans of smoked turkey, barbecued pork with a tasty mustard-based sauce, and ... Something Else.
I asked it if it was goat, and the guy said Yes. He said it with a smile, which triggered Immediate ALERT warnings on the threat board in my head.
However, I tried some.
I knew instantly it WASN'T goat.
The meat was stringy, like over-braised beef, and it was way too peppery for my taste. And the ribs were far too small and delicate for it to be goat.
So I ate it anyway, and later confronted one of the guys. No, he admitted, it wasn't goat.
It was raccoon.
Good old Procyon lotor had been on my plate, and I had eaten it.
Excellent! I can now cross another item off my culinary bucket list!
What did YOU try yesterday that you hadn't tried before?