Hedgehog Carbonara


The American author Carl Hiassen has been responsible for the creation of many memorable characters – low-life hoodlums, scumbag politicians, lotharious property developers, hilariously inept facists and of course the raft of dogged journos that will stop at nothing to ‘get at the truth’. Of them all though, Skink, the 6 ft. 4 inch, one-eyed, snake-skinning, opposum-gobbling enviromentalist that lives in the swamp stands out the most.
And now it seems that Skinks’ stomach-churning diet is not that much of an improbability. Arthur Boyt, a retired civil servant from Cornwall, England has spent decades devising ever-more inventive ways to collect, prepare and cook a variety of roadkill.

His favourites include ‘hedgehog carbonara’, ‘badger sandwiches’ and even a nicely cooked labrador. Yum.

He is so keen to share his enthusiam for the delights of weasel, fox, sparrow and – more conventionally – pigeon and deer, that he has written a cookbook.
Mr Boyt, 66, says his recipes are perfectly safe as long as the creatures are skinned and cooked properly and he has never been ill.
“It’s good meat for free and I know nobody has been messing with it and feeding it hormones,” he insists.

Better than a Big Mac
Carl Hiassen website

Damien DeBarra was born in the late 20th century and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. He now lives in London, England where he shares a house with four laptops, three bikes and a large collection of chairs.


  1. poor old hedgehogs , i miss them. in canada we have skunks, racoons and squirrels, all of which get ground to bits along our blacktop conveyor belts, but no hedgehogs…….
    oh, to be in england.(or ireland, for that matter.)

  2. When I was a kid I saw an episode of “Dads Army” when a way of cooking Hedgehogs was shown to the Home Guard on a course on “living off the land”. You bake it in mud over a fire, and when done, the spines come off with the hardened mud. It was claimed to be an old “Gypsy” (this is before PC) way of doing it.

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