Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Secret Meat Business

I'm always on the lookout for new cooking shows.
They're great for learning new techniques and inspiring you to get in the kitchen.
Recently I came across a show called 
hosted by Australian chef 

While the title of the show reads more like a mystery novel, I guarantee you it's not.
I love his style.
Simple, clean flavors, letting the ingredients speak for themselves.
His philosophy is also fantastic - nose to tail, not letting there be any waste.

Enter his cookbook "Meat".
Ok, actually not so simply enter his cookbook living in the USA.
It's not in print here and the price of copies online...let's just say I think I paid less for my first car!!
My husband did some digging around,
 and managed to find me a copy that didn't require us to mortgage our house.
So after many weeks of waiting for it to arrive from Australia...here it is!

I'm still reading through it as it's not just recipes, but chocked full of stories and how to's. 
For the less carnivorous people out there, it's also not just meat recipes, 
there are wonderful sides and salads too!

I decided on a grilled quail over a Greek salad as my first "make" from the book.

A wonderfully simple and aromatic marinade.

Fresh vegetables and herbs for the salad...and of course feta!

Then the quail gets thrown on the barbie!
(I just used my best Australian accent...could you tell?)

Those little birds cook up quick...we're talking just minutes and they are a beautiful caramel brown!

Then for the moment of truth!!!

Absolutely divine!

Fresh and bright. 
The acidity from the lemon and the richness of the olive oil were sublime. 
The slight gaminess from the quail balances everything out perfectly.
Every bite left you wanting another...which is just the way that it should be.

I'll say his secret is that he knows how to cook!!
My taste buds can't wait to be tantalized again! 

Want to know more about Adrian...check out his website here.

If you're lucky enough to live in or visit Australia he has a top rated restaurant called
La Luna Bistro

I think I know where my next jet setting adventure is going to be!
Wink, wink!


T@PoppyPlacePdx said...

I have never cooked Quail but I LOVE cooking Cornish Game Hens :)

That looks like a wonderful recipe :)

Sounds like he did a lot of training all over the world before opening his place :)

I will have to ask my Aussie Girlfriends if they have been to his restaurant :)

BTW, your Aussie Accent was spot on, lol :)

Have a lovely day, Cheers, T. :)

Annette said...

I've never had quail but would love to try it. I'm really glad you didn't have to mortgage your house!!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I detected that accent all the way over here in Dubai! Your quail looks scrumptious!

Almost Precious said...

My daughter presented us with some quail not long ago. Unfortunately my hubby and I were not very familiar with cooking it and it seemed rather dry, also seemed to be an awful lot of work for so little meat. :D

However I can see now that it probably required a good marinating to impart both flavor and moisture to those tiny little game birds.

Your finished platter of cooked quail looks delicious and I'm more than willing to bet that they were far more tender and succulent than the ones my hubby and I prepared. :)

Additionsstyle said...

Your quail meal looks divine! Sounds like Meat is a great cookbook, full of wonderful ideas for preparing good food. Enjoy working your way through the recipes.
Everyday Inspired

Elizabeth Aley said...

Wow this looks amazing! Never had Quail before, but the bed of Greek Salad was a great idea. Yum.


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