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Kasumeat Jan 12, 2007 05:36 PM

I'm going to be dining at a restaurant featuring "Venison civet" as a menu choice in the coming month. Is this indeed the anal scent gland of a deer? Has anybody ever had it? What's it like? I've never heard of civet being used in food!

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    Bostonbob3 RE: Kasumeat Jan 12, 2007 06:42 PM

    Oh good God no! "Civet" is just an Italian and French technique for cooking game; marinating it with red wine, juniper berries, onions, and herbs.

    Oh, and "civet" the cooking term comes from the Latin word for onion: cepa.

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      carswell RE: Bostonbob3 Jan 12, 2007 09:31 PM

      >>Oh, and "civet" the cooking term comes from the Latin word for onion: cepa.<<

      *Cepa* is also the source of English *chive*.

    2. HaagenDazs RE: Kasumeat Jan 12, 2007 06:57 PM

      Whew! That was a close call ;-) There is a cat-ish looking animal called a civet too. Musk from the Civet once was important in the perfume trade, maybe that's the connection here?

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        Robert Lauriston RE: HaagenDazs Jan 12, 2007 07:00 PM

        Different etymology. "Civet" as in civet cat is derived from Arabic.

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          Blueicus RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 12, 2007 07:08 PM

          LOL, the first thing that came to my head when civet was mention was the animal. Hmmm... I wonder how civet and venison would match?

      2. hotoynoodle RE: Kasumeat Jan 12, 2007 09:14 PM

        civet cats are related to mongoose. i doubt they taste anything like venison, lol.

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          Bostonbob3 RE: hotoynoodle Jan 12, 2007 09:26 PM

          How about preparing Civet Civet?

          http://www.slate.com/id/2093538/

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            HaagenDazs RE: Bostonbob3 Jan 12, 2007 09:37 PM

            That's awesome - hilarious!

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              Yaqo Homo RE: Bostonbob3 Jan 13, 2007 07:53 PM

              I knew that they ate civet cat in Asia, but I was unaware until now of the Continental cooking techqnique called "civet."

              One learns something new every day....

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            dublix RE: Kasumeat Jan 12, 2007 09:18 PM

            Actually, Civet is an old school French soup thickened with animal blood.

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              Bostonbob3 RE: dublix Jan 12, 2007 09:23 PM

              AND a cooking/marinade technique for game, which I think applies more to a dish called "Venison Civet."

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                dublix RE: Bostonbob3 Jan 12, 2007 09:33 PM

                A traditional "Civet" is a soup that is thickened by the animals blood. If it does not use the animals blood as a thickening agent, technically, it is not called a "Civet". At least by French terms. I'm pretty damn sure Civet is not a marinade, or a cooking technique.

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                carswell RE: dublix Jan 12, 2007 09:32 PM

                Actually, civet is a stew, not a soup, traditionally made from game (wild rabbit, wild boar, venison, etc.), pearl onions and lardons (bacon chunks). The braising liquid is typically red wine with some of the animal's blood being added as a thickener at the end.

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                  dublix RE: carswell Jan 12, 2007 09:39 PM

                  Stew, soup, drink, game, or chicken. It can't be called civet if its not thickened with blood, that's I'll I'm getting at.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: dublix Jan 12, 2007 09:47 PM

                    You'll find that most civet in France is no longer thickened with blood. Certainly most of what I had wasn't -- and it was typically civet de lapin.

                    I suppose some of the blood gets in because you're cooking meat (which contains blood, unless it's been kashered, unlikely in French cuisine), but it isn't typically added exprès.

              3. HaagenDazs RE: Kasumeat Jan 12, 2007 09:20 PM

                Geez - along the same lines as Robert Lauriston... too many meanings for one word!

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                  Luwak RE: Kasumeat Jan 12, 2007 11:53 PM

                  So I'm guessing that the stew is pronounced "see-VAY" -- correct?

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: Luwak Jan 13, 2007 12:08 AM

                    Yes.

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                    Kasumeat RE: Kasumeat Jan 13, 2007 02:30 PM

                    Thanks for the clarification. I'm relieved (and admittedly, a bit disappointed) that I won't be trying any anal scent glands any time soon.

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                      dinner4one RE: Kasumeat Feb 5, 2007 12:28 PM

                      LOL!!! try google sweet heart! You are making yourself look like an anal scent gland!!!!!

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