We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'd vote yes. If they used to be reserved for Brit royalty, they're good enough for me. Furthermore, Mute Swans are not even native to North America. They were imports to grace the ponds of 19th C Long Island robber baron estates - but they are not garden decor. They are royal food.
The painting tells me that working in a royal kitchen was a pretty good gig.
From a show on PBS about Henry VIII's castles, I got the distinct impression that kitchen staff had a long, hard days at work. It was said that the spit-turners got all the beer they could drink, as they sweated it out.
Thanks for the post. Frigate is correct. An ancient way to prepare game birds was to hang them till the meat easily came off the bones.
Swan hunting permits are available from the fedz (migratory waterfowl with international treaties). My son & I received permits (lottery system) for swan hunting in North Carolina. We were successful, and the hunt was most enjoyable. However, no matter how careful we were processing the raw meat, and using different recipes, the meat was tough.
Anyone remember the scene in the book and mini-series "Shogun", the European hung the bird until the Japanese couldn't stand it any more and a volunteer removed and buried it. And was promptly executed for disobedience of Blackthorns command.
Intelligent people the Japanese.