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Bucket List

As a retired high school teacher, I still go back and substitute fairly often.  I always like to do things that get the kids engaged.  A while back, I was reading the "bucket list" of a senior girl and on that list was "I want to eat snake".  I asked her if she was really serious.  She said she was...... So now the rest of the story.

I was subbing in the technology class this past Thursday and Friday and this girl was in the class.  I asked her on Thursday if she really wanted to eat snake.  She said "YES".  Friday I took my small Coleman one burner and a frying pan.  Also took a rattlesnake I had stored in the freezer from a mule deer scouting trip we took this summer.  We actually killed three of the serpents.   (see pictures "Scouting Trip" posted a few months ago)

During class, we all moved out into the shop area and I cranked up the little stove.  Some salt and pepper, a little oil and we were cooking snake.  Several of the kids said they would NEVER eat snake, or even taste it.  One student wondered if he could get poisoned from it.  Well, when the dust had settled, all but one of the 15 students in the class had eaten some rattlesnake. 

So what was the consensus???  "Tastes like chicken".

And Kayla Adams has now crossed one more item off her bucket list.  I asked her if she would like to add rocky mountain oysters to her list and she said yes.  She may not have wanted to do that as I just happen to have a set of Bighorn Sheep units in my freezer...... I guess we'll see how that goes.

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I love it!!! :lol:  Does she

I love it!!! :lol:  Does she actually know what rocky mountain oysters are???? Wink

That's pretty cool that you got them al to try it.  And I agree, I felt the same way that it tastes like chicken.  I pretty much prepared it the same, fried in a little oil adn with some salt and pepper.  Only tried it once, and it was a small rattlesnake so not much meat, but really good.

Let us know a follow-up story to that, if she tries the RMOs.

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I told her

Yes, I told her exactly what they were.  When I taught in an alternative high school for quite a few years, I fed the kids squirrel, deer, elk, buffalo, antelope, rattlesnake and rocky mt. oysters.  I always told them what they were eating and they always ate it.  I fixed buffalo balls one time.  When they asked what they tasted like, I told them they were creamy and good.  

I'll let ya know how it goes with these.  My taxidermist friend was taking in a rocky mountain bighorn and asked me if I wanted the nuts.  I sure didn't pass up that opportunity.  I knew some kid down the road would love to give them a try.  Believe it or not, it's usually the girls that will try these and not the boys.

I've fixed rattlesnake four or five times.  Always tastes like chicken.

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Very cool you were able to

Very cool you were able to serve that stuff up to the kids.  Try doing that in a mainstream school though.  My wife is a public school teacher and I guarantee some people would have a fit if she tried that there.... lol

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ain't gonna believe

Hey, you ain't gonna believe this, but I sub in the public high school here in town.  AND TODAY is the day.  I have two small two-burner Coleman stoves and several frying pans with me today.  The kids will be trying elk burger, venison steaks, wild boar steaks and bighorn sheep rocky mountain oysters.  And yes, they know exactly what they'll be eating.  I was subbing on Wednesday and happened to chat with the vice principal.  I told him what I was doing today and he said he would be there to try the meat and would bring the principal with him.  Can you believe this???  I have all the meat cut up and ready.  Have eggs and flour and breakcrumbs to dip the steaks in.  We're gonna have a feast.  Look for the story and pictures coming soon.

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Wow, very cool!  I guess I

Wow, very cool!  I guess I should rephrase that, and say that any public school in CALIFORNIA.... :wink: Don't think you could get away with that here.

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That's cool

That's cool Arrowflipper.  You are making dreams come true!

I was just thinking this morning about setting goals and making worthwhile things happen.  You are doing it

Now as for food, I am right now halfway through what I consider to be a New York classic - a hot pastrami sadwich with spicy mustard, swiss cheese, and dill pickles.  Oh my goodness it is good.  And it came with a side of cheetos and a pepsi - wow - junk food heaven!  I'll take that over either the snake or the oysters any day ;) .....

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Wow!! I can't believe you

Wow!! I can't believe you have gotten that many kids to try all those things, especially the snake. I have never eaten snake yet myself but have always heard it was good. One of the guys shot a racoon while I was in Texas last week and we cooked that up on the grill. I hate to say that while it was goos as far as flavor goes it was nearly impossible to chew as it was the toughest piece of meat I ever ate. I'm sure there are better ways to cook it as I've heard many guys say they love it.

Good job on keeping classes exciting and adding new experiences for the kids.

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Just wish there were 100.000

Just wish there were 100.000 teachers out there doing the same. Great job.

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I agree 100%!

aaalaska wrote:

Just wish there were 100.000 teachers out there doing the same. Great job.

 

I agree with THAT one hundred percent!!!! Thumbs up :=D>  Thumbs up

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Great job! Of course you'd

Great job! Of course you'd never get me to eat one of those things, probably my only pheobia.

An Uncle down in New Mexico, many years ago, had the same feelings I have about snakes. One morning his wife fixed it for him for breakfast saugage. She finally told him what it was and he divorced her! Ya gotta be carefull with what your getting fed.

So, has anyone eaten a bull snake? How abour a python roast? What a morbid thought!

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