Gibier-spotting: the game's afoot - for all those who would die without it this fall.
As I passed my ordinary, run-of-the-mill neighborhood butcher this AM I saw lievre, garenne, wild duck and grouse. Go for it!
wow -- early!
The only game I've seen out here in the provinces is a rather fat and handsome pheasant...but he's still very much on the hoof, and I've now watched him sire several families with his lady love in the years since we've been here, so I don't think I could stand to see him on my table! (He's fat because he lives in the hedge between a corn field and a wheat field-- smart bird!)
But I've started hearing the traffic reports of chevreuil causing traffic jam-ups on the A4 between Paris and Strasbourg....fall is coming, and fast.
I should start seeing haunches of venison and braces of hare hanging at the marché any day now.
does it get a bit gritty in the city marchés, too? Here, they usually still have fur or feathers, and are frequently still bleeding a bit. Definitely adds some realism to the mix!
Update as of Sept 29:
My local run-of-the-mill butcher has canard sauvage and perdreau.
Rodolphe Paquin has grouse in a terrine and breast thereof with a forcement with foie gras wrapped in cabbage and cerf and a new toy pink pig that speaks American English.
And, despite reports of imperfect service, none of that was detected today at all.
For the very first experience of grouse for both of us, what we savoured at Le Grand Pan tonight was absurdly good. Details forthcoming in a separate post.