Roast Guinea Fowl


Looms. It’s a word media hacks love. Recession looms. Economic meltdown looms. Food shortages loom.
It’s the last one that makes me uneasy. We’re a family who love food and all the social rituals that go with it. A Sunday lunch with good wine, a crisp, golden roast chicken, potatoes, roast veg drizzled with olive oil. I don’t want a life without my big, organic fowl from Robertson’s farm just up the road.

An idea loomed. Every evening a flock of Guinea Fowl swarm into the garden, scratching thought the compost heap, eating any stray seeds they unearth. I like them and they are good for the garden despite their destructive ways. But I have seen delicious recipes for roast Guinea Fowl. If the worst happened . . . would the flock really notice that 40 had arrived and only 39 had left. . . . 


Unsuspecting victim sunning himself in the garden

Unsuspecting victim sunning himself in the garden

4 Responses to “Roast Guinea Fowl”

  1. 1 shoreacres March 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I don’t have a clue what guinea would taste like, even though my grandmother had a flock. She’d cook anything on two legs (or four) for the most part, but her guineas were her “watch birds” and she’d never compromise home security for the sake of dinner.

    I was scared to death of them as a child. I’m not sure I’ve ever known noisier birds. They kept me in line, that’s for sure.

  2. 2 ian in hamburg March 19, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    The Guinea Fowl ran free in the botanical gardens at the foot of the mountain in Cape Town – apologies, forget the name of it. Our girl had a ball running after them. 🙂

    What would the journos say if there were a weaving device hanging over everyone? A loom looms?

  3. 3 Lis March 20, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    When are you having your recession hit china over for Roast Guinea Fowl, I’m hungry….love your blog, it has been a lot of fun reading your very funny sinppets of sedgefield life. Must hook up for a vino soon, love ya, Lxxx

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