Trying Something New

I did something today I would not have even dreamed of doing a year ago.  In fact I probably would have gagged had someone tried to make me eat what I ate today much less prep and cook it.

What was different about today? Well, two things have changed my way of thinking recently.  One is trying to get healthy.  I’ve been reading and researching on healthy things to eat and organ meat kept coming up.  I was really hesitant because to be honest it just sounds gross.  But the health benefits are there.  The other thing I’ve been learning about is subsistence and minimalism, using the things you have around you to survive and live. Part of that is, if you hunt you use every part of then animal you possibly can.

So that brings us to today.  My best friends husband went hunting and got a deer yesterday and he brought home the heart.  We were having a sewing day and figured we’d mix it up a little and cook up some heart for lunch.

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Now, I/we have no idea how to prep this thing for cooking or how to cook it.  Thank goodness for Google and YouTube.  We found a great YouTube/Instagramer called Breaking Wild.  His video showed us how to prep and cook the heart.  Thank you Breaking Wild. (Link will be at the bottom of this post.)

It was a new experience.  I mean I’ve cut up a chicken breast before, but this was a heart and there were ventricles to cut off.  I am so thankful for that video.  Very thankful.  I’m not sure how it would have turned out had we not found that how to video.  I cooked up the heart steaks in butter, garlic, onions and a little cooking wine.   Then it was time to eat them.

This was actually the scary part.  Venison has always been hit or miss with me.  Sometimes it tastes really gamy and sometime when prepared right it tastes great.  So there was that and who the heck knows what heart tastes like.  There was a lot of anxiety going into the first bite.  A lot of anxiety.

As it turned out there was no need for all that anxiety.  It was really good.  It tasted like steak to me.  Not an expensive t bone or anything but a decent sirloin.  I don’t think I would eat it regularly but once every hunting season.  It would be really good in a stew too.

Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to try new things.  Even if you end up hating them you will have learned something in the experience.

Coffee

I love coffee.  My favorite is a good dark roast with a splash of cream.  Oh man, if it wasn’t 8:30 pm, I would go make myself another pot, I mean cup.  I have been trying a lot of local coffee places lately as well as locally roasted coffees.  There is something heartwarming and comfortable about going to a locally owned small business coffee shop in contrast to the bigger chain coffee places.

I am getting off task though.  What I want to write about are three things that have come into my coffee world that I am loving right now.  The first is my percolator.  I remember camping when I was a child and waking up to the smell of coffee being percolated over an open fire.  It smelled so wonderful and I couldn’t wait to be old enough to try it.  I had forgotten about percolators with the convenience of the drip pot and the Keurig until the other day when my best friend whipped hers out and suggested we percolate some coffee.  The difference in the taste was astounding.  I felt like I was really tasting the coffee and it’s flavors the way they are meant to be.  I think the percolation (is that a thing) brings out flavors that we miss out on with a drip pot or a Keurig.  If you haven’t tried it, you should.  So good!!

The other thing that has come into my life recently is a coffee protein shake.  It has the coffee from two espresso’s in it and it tastes wonderful!  I love having one for lunch.  It fills me up and I get my afternoon hit of caffeine to make it through the rest of my day.

Last but not least I have found a wonderful dark roast coffee from a roaster near me in Hayward,Wisconsin.  It’s Backroads Campfire Joe.  I received it as a gift from someone who knows my love for coffee.  I have never seen grounds so dark and I was so excited to make it.  I was not disappointed.  The dark, almost woodsy flavor transported me back to sitting next to a campfire on a cold morning watching the forest wake up.  If you like dark roast coffee it is definitely one to try.