This excellent breakfast, enjoyed at the Big Table cafÃ© in Adelaideâ€™s Central Market, might look like a run-of-the-mill fry-up, but itâ€™s not. Iâ€™d been browsing the market in search of local specialities, and had inevitably spent a while at the famous kangaroo shop, and another stall called Something Wild where they sell kangaroo, crocodile, goat, buffalo and camel meat. It was my last day in Adelaide, and I was dying to try some of these unusual ingredients, but none of the local cafes appeared to serve them (I think Iâ€™d only had crocodile once before, actually in a Cantonese restaurant in West London). But the incredibly kind staff at the Big Table, where Iâ€™d eaten breakfast a few days before, agreed to cook a couple of speciality sausages for me as a substitute for the bacon and eggs in their â€˜Big Brekkieâ€™. So here they are: a kangaroo country sausage from the kangaroo shop, and a crocodile sausage from Something Wild. And Iâ€™m happy to report that they were both absolutely delicious, and not disturbing in any way. The kangaroo banger was dark, juicy and peppered with fragrant herbs (it didnâ€™t taste gamey at all), while the crocsausage was gorgeously juicy and tender, a little like chicken but lighter in texture. Both were wild, sustainable, free-range meats â€“ and in the case of the crocodile, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s better to eat it before it eats you.
Just in case you were wondering if I have to eat EVERY wild animal I meet, here is a pic of me interacting very amicably with a koala, who lived to tell the tale.
And hereâ€™s a picture of another local sausage, this time laced with chilli â€“ anyone whoÂ remembersÂ eating Sichuan hotpot before a long, hard-seat train journey in China will know exactly what they mean!