the golden sausage of progress

9 April 2008

how to cook python: fangers and mash

well, talk about close finishes! my final, 52nd animal for this momentous quest is possibly the weirdest of them all, at least i think so. python. the kind folk at osgrow sorted me with this beast so a round of applause goes to them! i ate the whole dish at 17:38 giving me a full 18 minutes of the 52nd week to relax. oh no wait, i can't relax yet as i have to actually finish this post! so here goes..

the python came skinned and in fillets, which smelled vaguely like popcorn. weird texture to the touch they looked quite bony. the packaging also lets us know that this python comes from vietnam.i heated up some oil (a lot of oil, whoops) in a big frying pan and lay a couple of slices of python to swim around. aptly, this caused a huge amount of spitting and i had to drain off a lot of the oil to combat this. as they were cooking a faint, pleasant aroma of popcorn filled the kitchen. i had swiftly made some mashed potatoes before cooking the python using, er, potatoes, oregano, basil, parsley, butter and milk. mmm creamy.
i dished the whole thing up, sans sauce, and thought i'd try my hand at presenting it in a really stylish manner. i think i succeeded. see the cunning placement of celery leaves on the python. classy. after tossing that away i tucked in (clock saying 17:38 woohoo!)
the python itself was very chewy, but totally boneless. it still gave off a popcorn-like aroma but a rather more moody taste, a bit like evil bacon. but the taste itself wasn't evil, it was rather good! the whole dish would have benefit from some sauce or gravy but as you might realise i was quite pushed for time on this one.

well my friends, my followers of food. this is it. number 52. i can't actually quite believe i have accomplished such an insane task. there has been ups and downs, strikes and miss strikes, tears and joy. okay there were never any tears but there has been a few gagging moments that may have sprouted a couple (not me of course, *ahem*). all i can say now is i must publish this and you can expect a big post either later this evening or tomorrow, thursday 11th (or perhaps the next day or the next etc..), with a nice big summary! and also what my next quest is and other goodies so stick around, take a pew and tuck in.

signing out - the beast feaster.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bravo Beast Feaster! A new set of nunchukas has been made from the very top links of the food chain! Congrat's

Simon Bedak
Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

www.SimonBedak.JournalSpace.com

dan said...

evil bacon - great band name

Greg said...

I've been following your blog for a couple weeks now and am sad to see it end. Congrats on accomplishment!

Helen said...

I can't believe I've only just discovered your blog and you've reached the 52nd beast! Ah well, lots of archives to browse through then. I'm very intrigued by what your next challenge will be. Do you have it decided already?

rusty said...

well helen, i have a post i have been writing for the past few days (extremely busy at the moment with my finals coming up) which let's you in on whats going to be happening at beast feaster in the future that i have almost finished, a final round-up of the past year.

i will also add there is to be an awesome sister project, but that is all i will say for now - the tease!

May said...

Interesting to know.

robbwindow said...

I bet that put hairs on your chest. I like the interesting side salad, looks more than enough for my liking. Presented well with fine photo's all in all a great blog. Thanks.

Have a nice 2009.

Rob B.

http://tat2008.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

That is disgusting, how could you do that?

people like you encourage others to continue to plunder these creatures and help them to be a threatened species in the wild..

rusty said...

for the attention of anonymous, as posted above this one: the python is farmed as food, so your comment is irrelevant and, quite frankly, yawnworthy.

yawn.

Anonymous said...

We've got about 100,000 exotic pythons loose in the Florida Everglades that need to be "harvested" before they eat all the native wildlife -- someone needs to come up with more recipes for these critters! Maybe if they become a popular food source, they will be hunted more aggressively!

Anonymous said...

that looks great!!!...try it with iguana, is awesome too...