Roadkill is a recipe for success - says Norfolk man

David Butler hates the word 'roadkill' - but he feeds his family a diet of delicious food, picked from the roadside.

David, a senior technical operator for the BBC, lives in the middle of the Norfolk countryside, close to Holt with his partner Alison and children Jasper, seven, Theo, six, Felix, four, and Otter, 11 months.

Curiosity got the better of him almost a decade ago when he saw a recently killed muntjac deer on a verge. 'I stopped out of curiosity to look,' he said. 'It seemed such a waste of a beautiful animal.

'On the spur of the moment, I decided to take it home with me. I ended up butchering it in an entirely amateurish way.

'I thought it would be horrible and would stink, but in fact it was just as if the deer had been stuffed with blackberries and hawthorn berries and I realised that this was an animal that had just eaten the most fantastic food that a farmed animal never would.'

Favourite recipes include muntjac stew with elderberry wine and roe jahal firezi.

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• To read the full story and to see some of David's favourite recipes, see the EDP2 section of Friday's Eastern Daily Press.