Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Animals Are Scaring Me: An Illustrated Menagerie (G)

Illustrated by Jennifer.

35 comments:

Mandos said...

Goat is actually pretty tasty.

Jennifer said...

It is indeed. I've had roasted and corned. Liked both.

Snag said...

I've never had roast goat. It sounds like something best cooked on the grill; maybe a project for this summer. I have friends who make a very tasty goat curry, though.

Jennifer said...

My father did a whole one in his bbq pit. It was very tasty. He's also the one who corned some, again, very tasty. You could do either, Snag.

fish said...

Mmmmm, goat curry...

Brando said...

The Lovely Becky and I once went out to dinner with friends of ours, to a Mexican place called Uncle Julio's (much better than the Spanglish name would imply). They offered a large four-course dinner called the Plato Gordo (Fat Plate).

For the second course, they brought out to servings of small ribs. They were delicious and came right off the bone. We all devoured them.

When we finished the ribs, my friend Tom told us they were goat ribs. He didn't mention it ahead of time because he was afraid we wouldn't try them if we knew what they were.

TLB looked horrified. "I had a pet goat when I was a kid!" she said. Her uncle and aunt had a farm and little TLB and her sisters had pet goats.

Being the supportive, sympathetic husband that I am, I turned to her and said, "Beh-eh-eh-ecky, don't ea-ea-ea-eat me."

We have not eaten goat since.

Mandos said...

I had lots of (sacrifical) goat in Pakistan when visiting my mother's relatives over Eid ul-Adha a couple of years ago. Goat works very well in South Asian dishes. It's hard to find at supermarkets in North America, so one tends to use beef or (at best) lamb.

Here's an old blog post of mine with photos of pre-sacrificed goats.

Jennifer said...

It's hard to find at supermarkets in North America

They usually carry it in the Hispanic markets.

And while I've eaten goat and enjoyed it... I'm not sure I can look at the pre-sacrificed variety. :(

Mandos said...

OK, well, in Canada at least. I didn't grow up near any Hispanic market. Before I left The True North Strong And Free, a lot of Lebanese groceries were opening up in Ottawa and they tended to carry more eclectic meat types. (That I could actually eat, unlike the Vietnamese groceries that are ubiquitous there.)

Jennifer said...

Brando- did the menu not say "Cabrito"?? That's usually a give away.

I'm guessing TLB doesn't like to be handled with kid gloves, huh??

Snag said...

There are some halal markets here that must carry goat. Is it best to prepare it like lamb?

I heard a rumor one of the markets occasionally gets camel, but there's no chance my family would try that. I'd probably have to save that for some of the guys in the neighborhood.

Mandos said...

I assume so. I've never actually cooked goat or lamb myself. In Pakistan, they rarely let dudes into the kitchen except as an ironic statement.

It's *definitely* not like beef, which of course I have cooked.

Jennifer said...

Mandos- I can't keep track of where you are. You come in under the cover of night and are gone in the morning!

And no, it's not like beef.

I couldn't do camel, but I've probably eaten it. My father liked to sneak in "different" meats and you weren't told until after... you knew it was different, but just not how different. This is why, although not a vegetarian, I still prefer lentils.

Snag said...

My mom and I would always try new things as special birthday dinners. That was back when you could buy kangaroo and horse and whale at the supermarket. No panda, though.

Mandos said...

Most of the time, I live in Chucklestan, USA. I travel frequently to Canada, where I spend most of the time in Ottawa, but some in Toronto and southwestern Ontario. I spent my earliest years out in Alberta. I spent a goodly chunk of time last year and the year before in Noo Yawk, and various trips out ot other places.

That's why you have trouble keeping track of me. I move around!

Mandos said...

There was a store near my jr. high school that sold ostrich and emu. It closed down. My mother, being Pakistani, is a very finicky eater, so we never had anything more adventurous than shrimp (which some of my relatives frown on...).

I'm a bad South Asian---I usually dislike lentils.

Jennifer said...

Ostrich is awesome! I've had that and would have it again.. Birds are easier than mammals.

How can you dislike lentils?!?!

Mandos said...

Except in certain preparations (dosas, haleem) and in Ethiopian cuisine, they remind me of petroleum. The smell of it at the gas station. Dunno why.

Snag said...

Geez, Brando, way to get her goat.

I wonder what goat tartare is like?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

This post would be a good way to get Fainting goats to Faint.

I am a bad person, so watching a goat faint fills me with glee.

Chuckles said...

I enjoy goat and lamb, like I do most meats, if not all.

If you are planning on publishing this book, I would buy one for my nephew and niece.

Snag said...

Is that one for your nephew and one for your niece, or one for them to share?

blue girl said...

I am a bad person, so watching a goat faint fills me with glee.

LOL

This entire comment thread is scaring me. I can't even *think* of the phrase "pig's feet" without fainting!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Ostrich eggs are supposed to be quite tasty also Jennifer.

Oooo, I bet "o" is OSHTHRITCH!!

Righteous Bubba said...

Ocelot.

Daughter: I'm an ocelot. PLINK PLINK!
Me: I think an ocelot is a lot like a cat, so it probably sounds like Max.
Daughter: I think it sounds like a screwdriver hitting a door. PLINK PLINK!

Jennifer said...

I can't even remember what O is... I'll have to check my notes. I am guessing it's not OSHTHRITCH!! since Snag did emu... but, I could be wrong. I can't remember anything anymore...

I like the plinking ocelot.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Oh, PLINK THE OCELOT!!!

Kathleen said...

I usually see goat on the menu as birria

Jennifer said...

Snag- my email to you is being blocked by something called Spamhaus... I tried sending from a different account, but apparently the account isn't the issue. Anyhow... H will be on its way as soon as Spamhaus says I can send! Those f***ers!

fish said...

You can try to send it via fishmail if there is some issue with your IP.

Jennifer said...

Wasn't fishmail in Moby Dick??

fish said...

Call me fishmail.

Snag said...

Okay, you're fishmail.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I am currently watching a Mythbusters episode where they are trying to make fainting goats faint.

There is a woman whose title is 'Goat Fancier'. I don't think I want that on my business card. I prefer 'Antisocial Failure."

Jennifer said...

Zombie Rotten McGoat Fancier...