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Old 07-04-2008, 05:44 AM   #16
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I'm curious. What IS the proper word for meat that we get from a rabbit? Deer is to venison what rabbit is to ????
Rabbit is just rabbit.

The reason deer meat is 'venison', cow meat is 'beef' and pig meat is 'pork' is that those were meats eaten by the higher echelons of society in the early middle ages. The higher echelons of society in early medieval England were Norman (i.e French) and they imported their words for those meats into our language. The meats eaten by the lower orders (the native english) retained their original English names. i.e chicken and rabbit.

Turkey was introduced later and was not of the anglo-french period.
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Old 07-04-2008, 07:38 AM   #17
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Awwww.... but in my mind I am photoshopping some jackalope antlers on the rabbit.
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:09 AM   #18
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That explains where Jackalope come from!
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:09 AM   #19
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Interestingly - we call turkey, turkey because it came from Turk traders.

The French call it Dinde - as in Poisson D'Inde - literally Indian Chicken - because it was supposed to come from India.

The Dutch call it kalkoen, which is Dutch for Calicut, an Indian port - again where it was supposedly from.

And the Spanich word for turkey is pavo - which was originally a peacock (peacock is now pavo real).

Just a bit of Friday afternoon linguistics for you.
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Old 07-04-2008, 08:45 AM   #20
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I don't care what they call `em, just stuff `em in a blender and cook `em.
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Old 07-04-2008, 11:19 AM   #21
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I don't care what they call `em, just stuff `em in a Bass-O-Matic and cook `em.
Fixed it fer ya.
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Old 07-04-2008, 03:29 PM   #22
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I stand corrected. Thank you Bruce.
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:10 PM   #23
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...as in Poisson D'Inde - literally Indian Chicken...
That's "Indian fish" in French.

And I always thought turkeys were native to North America. What were they doing in Turkey and India? Next are you going to tell us that apple pie is really from Mozambique?
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:28 AM   #24
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And I always thought turkeys were native to North America. What were they doing in Turkey and India? Next are you going to tell us that apple pie is really from Mozambique?
They are, its probably the trade route they came through.
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Old 07-05-2008, 01:00 AM   #25
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Most of the early American pioneers had limited education, and couldn't spell Mozambique, so they changed it to apple.
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Old 07-05-2008, 02:55 AM   #26
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Don't worry. It's going to take some time to find a recipe that works for venison and rabbit.

Rosemary and garlic?
Ah, no time at all. My friend's restaurant in Philadelphia, Bistro 7, regularly features rabbit and venison on the menu.
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Old 07-05-2008, 04:27 AM   #27
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I'll bet they're different recipes, though.
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Old 07-05-2008, 05:24 AM   #28
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Well, you're right.
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Old 07-05-2008, 07:06 AM   #29
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Put deer and rabbit parts in Bass-O-Matic, blend to lumpy mush, por into crock pot with one jar of grape jelly, cook overnight. feed it to the dog.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:09 AM   #30
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There was a TV competition last year for The Great British Menu - each dish that won was served at the British Ambassador's Dinner in France.

The main course was a variation on Stargazy Pie made with rabbit and crayfish. So perhaps rabbit & venison are not such strange bedfellows.
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