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Scary is exciting ("Sheep’s head is not for wimps.")
University of Stavanger ^ | October 20, 2011 | Text: Silje Stangeland Translation: Arne Neset

Posted on 10/20/2011 7:42:37 AM PDT by decimon

Sheep’s head is not for wimps. Until now very few of us have been tempted by this traditional Norwegian dish.

"It's a pity, because you will really have to look far and wide for a more tasty traditional dish," says Professor Reidar Mykletun at the Norwegian School of Hotel Management at the University of Stavanger.

"With good potatoes, rutabaga mash, beer and aquavit sheep’s head is a tempting experience for genuine lamb enthusiasts. But sheep’s head is an example of a dish that is scary for many of us. With both ears, mouth, teeth, tongue and eyes looking at you from the plate, it’s close to being revolting for the uninitiated", he says.

(Excerpt) Read more at uis.no ...


TOPICS: Food; Society
KEYWORDS: haggis

1 posted on 10/20/2011 7:42:44 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon

not really a fan of capuzzelle....


2 posted on 10/20/2011 7:46:13 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: decimon

I’d have to be pretty hungry to eat that.


3 posted on 10/20/2011 7:48:41 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: decimon

“A sheep’s head has several types of meat. Some of it is tender and fine, some is fat, and the tongue has its own grainy consistency. The eyes are soft and gelatinous.”

I’m sorry, this does nothing for me. An interesting article however, on the niche of adventure tourism.


4 posted on 10/20/2011 7:48:41 AM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: decimon
...and aquavit...

Yes. Lots and lots of aquavit...

5 posted on 10/20/2011 7:50:35 AM PDT by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm at NO additional charge.)
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To: decimon

My Dad used to cook cow’s tongue at least once a month. Pretty creepy-looking to me as a kid! “A gigantic tongue, Dad? I’m supposed to eat that?” Delicious.


6 posted on 10/20/2011 7:50:35 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: decimon
”its smiling at me!"
7 posted on 10/20/2011 7:52:45 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
We had those occasionally. If I remember it was a pretty tough meat and required a lot of cooking. But I would still rather eat it every day than have liver once a year.
8 posted on 10/20/2011 8:01:54 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: Vaquero

Years ago some colleagues and I were invited to a “goat grab” in the mountains outside Jeddah, in At Taif. We, along with about ten Saudi men, were seated on the floor in the dining room. After having polished off two enormous bowls of rice/mutton, the host brought out the piece de resistance, the sheep’s head. Being the fattest guy there, I was offered the delicacy, the eyes. Not speaking Arabic, I asked my senior colleague to tell the host that I was allergic to sheeps’ eyes, and regrettably would have to pass on the honor. There ensued a squabble among the guests for the delicacies.


9 posted on 10/20/2011 8:04:01 AM PDT by Ax
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To: KarlInOhio
Calves' liver and onions...yummy!!!!

Sheep's head..nah....even WITH aquavit.

I have had haggis once....no big deal..

10 posted on 10/20/2011 8:05:22 AM PDT by ken5050 (Cain/Gingrich 2012!!! because sharing a couch with Pelosi is NOT the same as sharing a bed with her)
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To: Vaquero

We were served one of these in Iraq at one point. (Lamb’s head.)


11 posted on 10/20/2011 8:05:32 AM PDT by golux
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To: decimon; All
Doesn't sound appealing to me either. Perhaps if I were in a state of abject starvation...maybe??

My daughter has rule that would apply here. She says, "I love a good porterhouse steak. Just please don't tell me how it came to be a porterhouse steak."

12 posted on 10/20/2011 8:11:01 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: decimon
Definitely not as good as rabbit's head served up Sichuan style..... http://showshanti.com/eating-rabbit-head-tu-tou/
13 posted on 10/20/2011 8:15:21 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: Vaquero

My parents were from the old country, Italy. Each Easter a lambs head would be served as ‘post meal wrap up’ The meal would last for 6 hours, as soon as everyone returned from morning Mass. I was a kid at the time, and the ‘head’ would really gross me out. My uncle would scoop out the eye and eat it as a grand finally, causing everyone to vacate the dining room.


14 posted on 10/20/2011 8:21:54 AM PDT by duckman (Herman 2012 Zero's night mare.)
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To: davisfh

In the Douglas Adams’ sci-fi book, Restaurant at the End of the Universe, they have genetically engineered cow-like animals that actual want to be eaten. The live cow comes to your table and talks to you, pointing out what the best cuts of meat are on his body and is disappointed after the characters all decide to order salad :)


15 posted on 10/20/2011 8:25:21 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: decimon
With good potatoes, rutabaga mash, beer..."

Yeah, buddy. Lots and LOTS of beer.

16 posted on 10/20/2011 8:25:53 AM PDT by 60Gunner (Eternal vigilance or eternal rest. Make your choice.)
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To: duckman

LOL! Back before mad cow disease, “cabecita” used to be a popular dish in sheep-raising parts of Spain. This was a lamb’s head, either whole or cut in half, roasted and served sitting on a plate surrounded by fried potatoes.

I had the half-head version, which actually had some tasty parts (the cheeks, for example). The brain was well-done and somewhat dry with very little flavor...and I passed on the eyeball entirely. However, other diners around me were fighting over the eyeball in their respective cabecitas, so maybe your uncle was onto something. But I’ll sure never know!


17 posted on 10/20/2011 8:33:26 AM PDT by livius
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To: Boogieman
"In the Douglas Adams’ sci-fi book, Restaurant at the End of the Universe, they have genetically engineered cow-like animals that actual want to be eaten. The live cow comes to your table and talks to you, pointing out what the best cuts of meat are on his body and is disappointed after the characters all decide to order salad :)"

Interesting! That experience would be something like enjoying your steak while viewing slaughterhouse scenes on the television. Novel idea!

18 posted on 10/20/2011 8:34:16 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

And I thought nothing was lower on the food desirability chain than lutefisk.

Speaking of tongue, there’s the tale about Gov. Huey Long going into a New Orleans delicatessen and ordering the specialty of the house, which turned out to be a beef tongue sandwich on rye.

The Kingfish was aghast: “Now do y’all think ah’m gonna eat something that come out of some animal’s mouth!? You go fry me a couple eggs!”

;^)


19 posted on 10/20/2011 8:41:46 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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20 posted on 10/20/2011 8:44:30 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: elcid1970
The Kingfish was aghast: “Now do y’all think ah’m gonna eat something that come out of some animal’s mouth!? You go fry me a couple eggs!”

Wow, their exit hole is so much more yummy than that of the tongue.
21 posted on 10/20/2011 8:45:48 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: decimon

Makes you pity the poor hungry SOB that had to figger this one out the first time....


22 posted on 10/20/2011 9:01:53 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Obama got mostly Ds and Fs all through college and law school. Keep repeating it.....)
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To: elcid1970
And I thought nothing was lower on the food desirability chain than lutefisk.

I never heard of Lutefisk until I was stationed in North Dakota. The smell of that stuff could knock a buzzard off a gut wagon.

23 posted on 10/20/2011 9:04:28 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: KarlInOhio

“If I remember it was a pretty tough meat”

Gosh! The way my Dad cooked it, you didn’t even need to chew! It just melted in your mouth. I believe it was the tenderest “cut” of any kind of meat that I’ve ever eaten. I love liver! But it has to be very fresh. From a butcher shop, not a supermarket.


24 posted on 10/20/2011 9:06:52 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: decimon
My mother used to make something with rutabagas and potatoes she called (phonetically) root-ah-moose.

good potatoes, rutabaga mash,

25 posted on 10/20/2011 9:10:33 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Ax

” the eyes.”

Ex-ladyfriend, born in Shanghai, always ate the fish eyes. Tastiest part of a fish? The cheeks. Not much there though, unless you get a really big fish head to cook. I always cook fish “head on.”


26 posted on 10/20/2011 9:11:42 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: decimon
Sheepshead is good eating.

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27 posted on 10/20/2011 9:17:31 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: LonePalm
Sheepshead is good eating.

ah poggies... brothers loves em....

28 posted on 10/20/2011 9:26:28 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: decimon

On our honeymoon, hubby and I stopped at a little amish restaurant and when they found out we were newlyweds, the waitress gave me an amish cook book...one of the first dishes in it was calfs head soup....I never found a calfs head so never made the soup...:O) That was 1957 or 58, don’t remember which. I think it 58....


29 posted on 10/20/2011 6:03:39 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: decimon

Lambchop?

30 posted on 10/21/2011 8:14:48 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Rudder
Lambchop?

With a nice Shari.

31 posted on 10/21/2011 8:34:23 PM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
I eat what is set before me. Usually.

But I am a expert at making eyeballs disappear up my sleeve rather then into my mouth. It's a trick my dad taught me. :)

Brains, eyes, no. Not this kid.

32 posted on 10/21/2011 8:38:28 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: decimon

Lambchop?

With a nice Shari.

Ewe...!

33 posted on 10/21/2011 10:35:08 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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