This comes with a warning: don't wear your best dress or dickie bow tie, and let the quail cool a little because when you bite into them they have a tendency to shoot the butter filling out all over the place - fun this may seem if you see it happen, but not fun when it gets you in the eye, or when your nicest neighbour ever turns on his or her heels and leaves, then presents you with the dry-cleaning bill the next day. Believe me, this happens. One more thing: this recipe really is yum - it's great for kids, but how can any adult not trespass onto their childish side?
Note If you don't have a deep-fryer, pour 150ml of vegetable oil into a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil on medium heat to 170C, then add the quail and fry until golden. Transfer to the oven and roast for 8 minutes.