Sunday, 13 January 2013

Mythical beasts & Sunday lunch ...

Now first the history lesson ...

Erymanthian Boar is remembered in connection with The Twelve Labours, in which Heracles, the (reconciled) enemy of Hera, visited in turn "all the other sites of the Goddess throughout the world, to conquer every conceivable 'monster' of nature and rededicate the primordial world to its new master, his Olympian father," Zeus.




In the primitive highlands of Arcadia, the Erymanthian Boar was a giant fear-inspiring creature of the wilds that lived on Mount Erymanthos, a mountain that was apparently once sacred to the Mistress of the Animals, for in classical times it remained the haunt of Artemis. 

A boar was a dangerous animal: "When the goddess turned a wrathful countenance upon a country, as in the story of Meleager, she would send a raging boar, which laid waste the farmers' fields." In some accounts, Apollo sent the boar to kill Adonis, a favorite of Aphrodite, as revenge for the goddess blinding Apollo's son Erymanthus when he saw her bathing. (http://greektitans.blogspot.gr/)


OK Greek Mythology lesson over, Modern day wild boar remains a fear-inspiring feature ...


Wild boar is what passes for serious game here. Over on the Pelion just a few miles across the water, these guys are quite common. So at the moment in the kitchen marinating in some Rapsani, is todays Sunday lunch.

Vegetarians, perhaps it may be a good idea to pass by the blog tomorrow ...

The meat itself is soft and tender and has a lovely delicate aroma. This is what two leg steaks look like when made into 1inch/25cm cubes. There is around 1.5kg of meat here. The bone will go in the marinade too.


Then its marinated in a liberal dose of Rapsani, some bay leaves, a cinnamon stick, a sprinkling of cloves, some bashed garlic and the juices of the wild boar itself ...


I can assure you if the blog had an aroma button, you would be in sensory heaven, like I am - and the house is this morning ...

So after a few hours in the casserole, it was a very tasty evening meal ...






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