I recently unboxed my seventh meat box from Farmer’s Choice. One of the most exciting things available on their website is free range GOAT. And quite coincidentally, shortly after I bought said goat I read this article on the Guardian – ‘Should we eat more goat meat?‘. It seems the British lack of appetite for goat and veal meat is at odds with our ever-increasing demand of goat and cow products. As a result there is an over-supply of male goats and cows; farms find it more economical to slay them at birth, than to rear them for meat. So here’s my message to you: eat goat! Because it’s good for them and, as I found out, very tasty.
I’ve copied a Gordon Ramsay Mauritian-style goat curry from BBC Good Food (such a wonderful website). I love Mauritian food as my best friend is from Mauritius – every time I go round her house there is an abundance of food; I guess you could describe it as an Indian Ocean mish mash of Chinese, Indian and African flavours.
Now, I must say when I opened my Farmer’s Choice box everything was frozen so I couldn’t see much of what I received. But as the goat defrosted, it revealed a beautiful, purple marbled and super soft texture. It reminded me very much of the Blackface mutton. Although the meat was soft, the goat bone was near impossible to chop through, even with a meat cleaver, so I cut the meat off and tossed the bones into with the curry.
I only made a few changes to the recipe, otherwise you can follow Gordon’s to the tee:
- Replaced 2 star anise with 1 tsp Chinese five spice
- Halved number of chillis in the chilli paste (I’m a wuss!)
- Omitted curry leaves
- Tossed in chopped okra in the last 20 minutes of simmering
Hey, the kids are alright! <boom tishhh> This goat curry was divine, simply because all the meat had fallen off the bone after 3.5 hours of simmering. When properly slow cooked, goat tastes like melt-in-your-mouth mutton meets beef. I ate it with white rice and a tomato salsa I made up from chopped tomatoes, coriander, crushed almond flakes and olive oil.
1kg of chopped stewing goat on the bone is £7 from Farmer’s Choice.
Learn more about goats via The British Goat Society.
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