Would You Eat A Pigeon?

Written by Gwydhar Gebien

I was taking a tour in Scotland back in my traveling days and the tour guide in Edinburgh pointed out  a series of openings near the peak of a roof on one of the older buildings in the city.

“Do you know what those are for?” She asked everyone in general. No one did.

“Openings were built into the houses so that pigeons would come and nest in the rafters.” She explained. “If times were hard and there wasn’t much food, there was a ready supply of pigeons to be had.”

Meat that comes from a pigeon is called squab. If you’re like me, then “mmm, lunch,” is not the first thing to come to mind relating to the common pigeon, but I did have to admire the resourcefulness of those Scottish architects to consider the possibility of hard times when they were designing their buildings. When I think about eating a pigeon (alias: rat-with-wings) I have trouble trying not to turn my nose up at the very idea. It is as if eating a pigeon is “below” me, and while I may never be faced with the kind of hunger that would make squab look like a tasty dish it does make me wonder how many other things I consider “below” me that I might be missing out on.

No matter what you’re goals are in life, success is the result of turning resources into accomplishments. Doesn’t it make sense that the more resources that are at your disposal the more opportunities you will have to accomplish something that you hoped to? Thinking about squab made me start to think that maybe there were resources at my disposal that were right under my turned-up nose that I wasn’t taking into account and that maybe it wouldn’t hurt my pride too much to have a roost in the attic in case I needed it.

  • Pigeon is actually not half bad. I have never eaten it out of desperation, but have had it both stuffed and stewed and found it to be tender and pleasant tasting. It is especially popular in Egypt, which is where I last tried it. My apologies to those that don’t eat meat.

  • Gwydhar

    Admittedly I’ve never tried it myself, but I’d be willing to give it a shot. I never would have guessed that it would be popular in Egypt. 🙂 Learn something new every day!

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