My recipe (AKA: If you can’t beat them, join them)

It seems SB’s recipe went gangbusters yesterday, so instead of crying in a corner about how I’ve lost control of my own blog, I’ve decided to join the new Whaleoil WayTM.


Of course, you need to get yourself an elephant first:



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  • MaryLou

    Wait for it… you’ll be famous AGAIN before the day is through, Cam!

  • conwaycaptain

    What about a dish of Fricasse d’Orca???

    • Isherman

      How about skewered Raw-Shark kebabs….

      • spanishbride

        Sounds tasty, put me down for a whole shark.

        • Isherman

          Actually, maybey your dressing could be applied to them, (rubbed in of course) seems appropriate somehow, but dont forget to ..errr..’tenderise’ first, I’m sure Cam would be happy to lend a hand with that part.

          • spanishbride

            Yeah Rawshark can be tough ( at least until it is caught.) I recommend a good pounding once he is on the hook to soften him up ;)

          • Pharmachick

            No,the dressing would be too good. Just wait until its wounded SB then rub in plenty of salt. =D

  • Michelle

    Plenty of rabbits and hares but short of elephants
    How about one large nasty bull?

  • JC

    And here’s the greatest bowhunter of all in modern times.. Howard Hill.

  • Alloytoo

    I partook of elephant once, in a pie, it had a fresh fruity taste. (as does the biltong)

  • Hoju

    You’ll need a jumbo sized saucepan for that one

  • Wallace Westland

    Once cooked place article in NZ Herald “Pimp the Poor” and watch the queues form as bludgers drive from Invercargill to Auckland to get a free meal.

  • Lord Evans

    MSM headline: Whale eats elephant!

  • Greg M

    Reminds me of when my HAFP ( Hot As Foreign Partner, aka the boss ) threatened to cook buffalo balls on a bed of rice one evening. When I said “go on then”, I was told I was out of luck, countdown had run out of buffalos.

    • That sounds delicious, I’d eat that…no threat at all.

  • cows4me

    Will wild rabbits suffice?

  • Curly1952

    All that meat and no potatos?

  • Steve

    from Iceland

    I guess if you crave for whale oil don’t soak in the milk :-)

    3/4 to 1 kilo whale meat
    50 g butter, tallow or lard
    2-3 onions
    Salt and pepper
    Bay laurel leaf (optional)
    600-700 ml water
    Sauce colouring (caramel)
    50 g flour
    200 ml milk

    Clean the meat: some say it’s enough to slice off about a centimetre off each side of the piece, others recommend soaking in milk overnight. This is only to ensure there will be no oily taste to the meat, but if it has been properly handled in the first place, it will not taste oily. Cut into steaks and beat with a meat mallet.
    Slice the onions. Heat the cooking fat in a frying pan, brown the meat on all sides and put in a cooking pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown the onions in a frying pan and add half to the pot with the meat, along with the laurel leaf, if using. Set half the onions aside. Pour water into the frying pan and deglaze. Pour over the meat and cook for 15 to 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. Arrange the steaks on a serving dish and arrange the browned onions that were set aside on top.
    Make a paste with the milk and flour and use it to thicken the cooking liquid left in the pot. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Serve with cooked potatoes and vegetables arranged around the meat and sprinkle parsley or cress over the dish. Serve gravy on the side.
    (Just for Curly1952 :-). )

  • LesleyNZ

    I think SB better be in control of the recipe section of this blog.
    I wonder – what can be substituted for an elephant?

    • Cadwallader

      Kim Dot Com?

      • Isherman

        Weight and volume might be similar, not sure KDC’s as thick skinned as the elephant though.

  • LesleyNZ

    I love hedgehogs and after reading Beatrix Potter’s “Mrs Tiggy-winkle” I could never imagine killing one and eating it, however – here is an ancient and a modern recipe. Sounds just dreadful.
    Ancient recipe for roast hedgehog:
    Gut one freshly killed hedgehog.
    The animal should then be seasoned and prepared for cooking; pressed in a towel until dry, then either encased in clay or wrapped in grasses.
    The meat should then be roasted and served with cameline sauce.

    Modern “road kill” recipe for Hedgehog spaghetti carbonara (serves four):
    500g spaghetti, 30ml olive oil, 250g lean hedgehog, 1 medium onion (chopped), 125ml water, 60ml dry white wine, 4 eggs, 60ml double cream, 100g grated parmesan cheese
    • chop hedgehog into small chunks
    • beat eggs and cream together in a bowl. Add half the parmesan cheese
    • put pasta in boiling water
    • put onions and hedgehog chunks in pan with olive oil on medium heat until onions are almost clear
    • add wine and reduce heat
    • drain pasta when cooked, combine it with egg, cream and cheese mix
    • add meat, onions and wine without draining fat and mix thoroughly
    • garnish with remaining parmesan
    • serve immediately

  • Pharmachick
  • Grocersgirl

    This looks delicious. Was wondering what I could do to use up that elephant at the bottom of the freezer.

  • Sunshine

    Actually do you have any family secret recipies or cooking tips for the game you catch in NZ, Cam? I’m not a hunter due to being a wimp, but I am interested in the real food aspect and I have no idea how one would cook things like venison, wild goat, pigs etc if someone gave me some.