the mighty marron

As I promised here is the marron post… And also a very happy birthday wish to a good friend/comrade/chef/foodisthebestshitever devote, Paul from Paul’s Caul. I wish I had the ability to make him a novelty cake (probably in the shape of a big cock) or something similar, but alas I have been on the road and have just checked into a dinky little hotel room with the boys. No kitchenette or porn channel included…

So anyway I devote this post to Paul in the hope that he enjoys the odd marron and that’s about it. Yeah. Total misuse of blog land powers but…

Marron. These bad boys are abundant in farm dams and river systems in the south west of Western Australia. In my younger years we would pay the less fortunate children of the neighborhood to sit at the waters edge with their smelly little toes in the water to attract the marron. Once a marron had taken hold of one of their toes with its giant claws (apparent because of the shrill screams of a child in pain) we would pull the child from the water and bash it on a rock until the marron released its grasp. Because of this the kid would only be good for three to four goes, but if you had a large wagon or a trailer you could pack plenty in and enjoy a full day of marroning without a worry. Add a tasty beverage of your choosing and a great day was guaranteed.

A lot of things have changed since the “good old days”, child abuse laws at the very least, but one constant remains. I still love fucking marron. Wait up. No. I don’t love “fucking” marron. I LOVE FUCKING MARRON.

So, as luck would have it, I have some peeps over here that are in the know when it comes to marron. Fingers in pies? They are virtually fisting the proverbial marron pie. So it was well within their ability to fulfill my dream of eating a shit load of marron while I was over here. EFF YES. Excited is an understatement.

I enjoyed my marron many different ways. Roughly from behind… errr… um… in a garlicy butter sauce or simply with mayonnaise and lettuce in a sandwich is an all time favourite. But this recipe also made my face very happy.

Marron with chilli and garlic butter

200g unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of some kind of chilli condiment (chilli condiment was the only English on the one I used)
3 cloves garlic, minced, chopped or pounded into submission
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley or coriander
A heap of marron, fresh or cooked, split down the middle
A heap of tasty beverages of your choosing (none for the recipe, just for you. Yep, got your back. You’re welcome)
•soften butter and mix it all together
•check seasoning
•smother the marron with the butter (yeah, just like your girlfriend on a Friday night) and warm through in a medium oven for 5 minutes if marron is already cooked, or 10-12 minutes if marron is fresh. Just make sure you check it’s cooked before you dish it up to your esteemed guests
•effing A marron spectacular
•don’t forget to wish Paul a happy birthday


the cooked marron


smother that butter on, baby


the final product. Put it on a plate and garnish with some pretty shite if you want… or don’t