May 9, 2011


Today I was reminded about how very, very white I am.  Let me give fair warning that what you're about to read may cause horror and/or disgust -- if you like animals or can't stand the thought of eating them...just choose to ignore this post.

This afternoon my mother-in-law calls me up, "we're having some dinner here tonight, would you like to come?" I say sure.

I cooked my own food anyhow and brought it with me (thank God for this).  Turns out that my mother-in-law's food is a meal of stewed goat -- with the extra specialty of the head.  *shudder*  There she is ripping pieces of meat off the bones, then breaking the skull apart to pass out the brains.

"Here, Heather, do you want some brains?"
"No, thank you," I reply as I shrink away from her offering, "I'm way too white for that."

They laugh.  Mr. Delusional and his brothers all happily munch away on the parts that the typical western folk wouldn't dare touch.  I was happy to see my sister-in-law was equally disgusted by it all.

Then, I look up to see Adam, sitting by my mother-in-law's side - blissfully munching away on a piece of brain. "More chicken, please" he says.

I died right there.  Just felt my soul fall right out of me.  I mean, I'm not one to freak out about eating meat. I eat it all the time.  I do, however, have a problem when the meat that I'm eating looks like the animal.  A steak doesn't look like a cow plodding through a field.  A drumstick doesn't make me think of a chicken happily cock-a-doodling in the morning.  A goat head on a platter however, makes me think, "maa-a-a-aa."

I don't even have an ending for this.  I think I'll dream of poor little sad goats tonight.  :(


FlyBabySHE said...

EWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! That's all I have to say..just...EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

asmaa17 said...

Now that is what you call nose to tail dining! Yeah, I won't be trying brain anytime soon =)

C said...

Asalaamu Alaikum

I couldn't agree more gringo! When we got a goat slaughtered for my daughter's aqiqah I gave the head to another woman. She was so happy and so was I! I never did eat that goat. I really don't like goat or sheep.

Anonymous said...

Made me laugh hard :) .We do have traditional foods like this back in Pakistan. I do not eat most of them, but people do love them, and they actually are healthy (apart from the fat, its not good anywhere). Just take liver, its tasty and good source of iron.

keahn said...

"Here, Heather, do you want some brains?"

I'm surprised you didn't perk up and answer,"No, thank you, I already have some."

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