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Biggles !

Calve's Liver

Yes, we have plenty here in France and my favourite recipe is Delia's Calve's liver with melted onions and marsala. I enjoy lamb's liver too but I don't appreciate the texture of pork or ox liver.

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Tompeters

Veal in France

I haven't spent much time in France for the last couple of years so am out of touch. Are all cuts of veal still widely available? Offal is very much a matter of taste, many people haven't been brought up to eat it so shun it. Like lights, tripe, and brawn none of which I'll eat for no logical reason other than I don't fancy it!

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Biggles !

Veal

Veal is more popular here than beef and I'm learning how to cook it. As has been said, something has to happen to the male calves.

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Welshcookie

Calf's liver

I bought some quite normally in my local butcher a few week's ago. It was delicious.

The butcher said he takes some home as a treat when he can, but he cooks it himself as his wife over-cooks it. He's right, it barely needs to be shown the hot pan.

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Thistledo

Veal

Biggles, I haven't eaten veal for years. I always thought it overrated and tasteless. Rather, it was the coatings and stuff you had with it. So just stopped buying it. I have similar thoughts with turkey.

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Tompeters

Cooking calve's liver

WC - I agree. But I like it pink (rose) rather than blue so I flash-sear both sides in a heavy pan then take off the heat. Thomasina, unfortunately, likes hers 'well done' which to my palate is 'badly done'. I dust in S&P flour then either sautee on butter/oil or preferably in some bacon fat, serving the bacon on the plate or the side. How do you serve yours?

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Tompeters

Tasteless veal?

Yes, veal is a very subtle flavour. I like it and don't use much in the way of seasoning. The genuine Cotletto Fiorentino (? spelling) is a magnificent treat if cooked by a good cook. The Italians are best. I like subtle rather than spicy flavours but each to his own.

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Biggles !

Veal


"Biggles, I haven't eaten veal for years. I always thought it overrated and tasteless. Rather, it was the coatings and stuff you had with it. So just stopped buying it. I have similar thoughts with turkey."

Veal is really quite cheap here, that's why it's so popular. Beef on the other hand. Rabbit is very expensive but then most people 'grow' their own around here. Not a problem for me because I won't eat bunny wunny.

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Yummy

Rose Veal

Rose Veal, is from a calf which is 35 weeks old and so there will be more flavour than one which has been killed when just a few weeks old. I think there is another age about 24 weeks, but not quite sure of what they call it at that age, could be Bob Veal (?). so unless you know for definite the age it has been killed you will get a variation on taste.

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Welshcookie

Bobby calves

Bobby calves are very young. Go for pet fool normally.

UK Rosy veal is high-welfare veal. Most other veal is raised in crates, and is not high-welfare.

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Yummy

Bobby Veal


"Bobby calves are very young. Go for pet fool normally.

UK Rosy veal is high-welfare veal. Most other veal is raised in crates, and is not high-welfare. "


Just googled it and see that they are the really young ones, never really have a chance to get any flavour. But aren't they the most expensive the younger milk fed ones?

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Welshcookie

Bobby calves

Not really, they are under two weeks old. That is straight from the farm where they were born.

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Tompeters

Calve's Liver

"Not really, they are under two weeks old. That is straight from the farm where they were born."

Aside from my knee-jerk "how cruel" which is of course absurd, are they good to eat? A relative told me that mutton is back...haven't had good mutton stew since I was a teenager. I think in NZ they call it 'hoggit' (?spelling). I thought that crates for veal were outlawed forty or fifty years ago, in the EU?


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Tompeters

Bunnies

Biggles -- I have family in very rural Normandy and Brittany, one is a smallholder. They have chicken, geese, ducks and sheep. Being Brits they choose not to eat rabbit but the farmers market has loads of them. When my daughters were very little I took them to a gite in Brittany and they just loved the bunnies. Then one morning Mme grabbed a bunny slit its throat and skinned it in front of the children. They haven't recovered ;) Bit unkind I thought. Too much growing-up too fast.

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Queen of Puds

bunnies

I gave the kiss of death to a really pretty one in a cage when I stayed with our twinning family for a week aged 18. "which one do you like?" "that one is pretty" ... Oops.

 
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