My first experience with quail. Yep, back to Climax..........worth the 40 minute trip

Honestly, I don't work at Jones Country Meats or own stock in the business. It's just that we are so thrilled to have a place to buy some fresh meat and produce that I needed to share photos of the goods...yet again :-)

It's a great drive. All rural back roads with hardly any traffic. You will see the occasional tractor tooling around and fields of cows, goats and vegetables. Very peaceful.

This time we tried the smoked pork chops. They were a bit too salty for our taste but will go well in a stew. I will just chop up those other two chops.

I tried their biscuits and wow, very good....they were so good that I don't want to make biscuits now. We used their brand of cane syrup too.

A new thing for me - Roasted Quail. Easy to prepare with a lemon and oil basting mixture.

They look odd, compared to Nigella's quail as hers look more like cornish hens. But these little beggars were quite tasty.

Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons honey
½ teaspoon dried mint

Shake this up in a jar and pour a little better than half of it over the quail.

Heat oven to 450 F and baste the quail with juice, cooking for a half hour. Use the remainder of the oil and lemon mixture to pour over salad.

This was a good dressing not just for the quail but the salad too. It's one I would make again just for salad.

Lastly, and this happened a few weeks ago but I forgot to show you.....we had a visitor on the patio.

This is a tenacious snake. Having said that, I can’t honestly tell you if this is the same snake who slithered up on Doug’s Road King a while back ….but it looked the same size. We are probably crawling with oak snakes and I think I see the same one all the time. I just want it to stay off our patio.

Trying to move it with a broom handle didn't work out as hoped....he just coiled.

Eventually it left on it's own so, that's good. The dogs don't need that excitement!

Food 'n Flix post upcoming. In the meantime we are just looking forward to some cooler temperatures arriving. Hope all is well in your part of the world.


Beth F said...

I've cooked wild quail, but I've never bought it or had in a restaurant. Those biscuits looks yummy (I'm a horrible biscuit maker). Snakes? *shudder*

Debra Eliotseats said...

Tha t is a long skinny snake. Ugh!!!!!! Thanks for the FnF reminder. I have got to watch it.

JoAnn said...

I've cooked Cornish game hens, but never quail.... but am intrigued with the idea. But the snake -ugh!!

Heather Smith said...

Ewww The only good snake is a dead one! Tim disagrees with me on this point!

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