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hutch0
Date: 2008-08-21 23:36
Subject: it's...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:delighteddelighted
Music:sigur ros
Deck the halls, roll out the barrel of Real Ale, sing hey-nonny round the maypole, send someone to Tesco's for that rum Selkie likes so much in her daiquiris, put the kettle on for Thog's decaffeinated (snigger) tea, pour Lili a Guinness and give her all the chocolate she needs, and pray essay the ancient Line Dance Of Greeting (as performed only in certain parts of Essex around the time of the Chartist Riots) for lilifae is among us!
Welcome, Liz.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-08-22 00:01 (UTC)
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Then I'm definitely sharing. You know, we should arrange a real-life party one of these days, just so we can eat and drink until we pop.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-08-22 13:22 (UTC)
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I can't bring in the beef, but I can bring in the spices. We're golden after that.
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-08-22 14:15 (UTC)
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Go ahead and laugh. I've tried this myself, and you'll never go back to standard mutton again. (And you would suggest this three hours before I can go to lunch, too.)
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-22 22:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Mutton is actually much-maligned over here, and has been for a long time - we even have a derogatory saying, `Mutton dressed as lamb,' to denote an older woman who dresses younger. I don't know why; I've always found mutton perfectly acceptable so long as you cook it a little bit longer than lamb. I love a good solid mutton casserole.

Edited at 2008-08-22 10:15 pm (UTC)
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-08-22 22:18 (UTC)
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Oh, I'm very familiar with the "mutton dressed as lamb" quote: I use it constantly, and have managed to turn most of Dallas's goth community onto its use for both sexes. Unfortunately in the States, and I suspect that this is because most of the sheep production out here is for wool instead of meat, it's actually very hard to find mutton as opposed to beef or pork, but what there is available is outstanding. I say regular thanks to New Zealand every time.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-22 22:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Really? I'd always thought of it as being such a parochially English saying that it wouldn't travel. That's interesting; I'm glad you're spreading the word.
Prince Charles has, over the past couple of years, been championing mutton farming, and though we don't see eye-to-eye over everything, I have to agree with him here. I can't see why people look down their noses at mutton; it's perfectly good meat, you just have to treat it differently from lamb. Having said that, the big supermarket chains still don't carry it - you have to go to little butchers' shops (if you're lucky enough to find one these days) to get it.
We're lucky with lamb over here. Much of it comes, of course, from NZ, but a lot of it is Welsh.
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The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Oddities
User: txtriffidranch
Date: 2008-08-22 23:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When you see a guy pushing 50 in leather pants at a club, it's a saying that explains itself. Even kids who've never tasted mutton in their lives understand the concept, and it's catching.

As far as mutton or lamb are concerned, we have a bit of the same situation. Most sheep in the US get sold for pet food, so we generally only see lamb in butcher's sections at the grocery store around Easter. Goats are common, especially near Latino neighborhoods (I used to have neighbors from Honduras who would roast a goat in their back yards and invite friends and neighbors over to dinner, and that's when I learned that the tastiest goats in the world are ones fed on nothing but poison ivy), but sheep are a rarity save for standard and merino wool. However, we also have some of the best beef in the world thanks to the herds of longhorn cattle that are becoming re-established throughout the state, so it's a carnivore's paradise.

Great. Now you've made me hungrier than usual. I'm going to have to go home and impersonate the last twenty minutes of a George Romero movie. And it's all your fault.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-22 23:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You seem to have much the same situation over there as in Poland, where my wife's from, where sheep aren't raised so much and the native meats tend to be pork or beef. Lamb's very common over here, thanks to the Welsh sheep industry and imports from New Zealand. Mutton not so much, as I said, and there seems to be a strange resistance to goat. It's not on the supermarket shelves, although I think a significant proportion of the ethnic population of the country would regard it as a staple and nothing out of the ordinary.
We have, though, in recent years been treated to ostrich, kangaroo and alligator, all of which we've tried and enjoyed, especially ostrich.
What I want to do one day is try some of this Kobe beef. You know? The stuff where the animals have been raised in Disneyland and have their own masseurs and aromatherapists? I'm really sceptical about whether this makes a difference to the taste of the meat, but I want to try it for myself.
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RealThog: leavingfortusa
User: realthog
Date: 2008-08-22 23:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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Domestic "lamb" here isn't too great -- it tends to be bitter, for some reason. As you say, it's the NZ stuff you have to look for.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-22 23:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Or the Welsh, but I can't imagine they export to the US in huge amounts.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-08-23 00:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"Or the Welsh, but I can't imagine they export to the US in huge amounts."

Not really into sloppy seconds, meself.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-08-23 23:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Beg pardon?
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