Ground Beef Hearts

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  1. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    English cuisine is infamous. And I don't think that's a racial insult because the Brits say that themselves. This is why Indian and Chinese food is so popular there. John Cleese said it succinctly: "English food? Boiled grease."
    Brain is called "sweetbreads."
    It's one of those old traditions that's slowly fading away, but the prejudice still exists against the burakumin: people who are too close to death. Undertakers, executioners, butchers, tanners, etc.
    Chinese love pig ears, they eat them like pretzels.
    Isopods are merely crustaceans like lobsters and shrimp, and crustaceans are merely one order of arthropods, which also include insects, arachnids (spiders, scorpions, mites and ticks) and myriapods (centipedes and millipedes). Crustaceans are colloquially referred to as "aquatic bugs," but the isopods are a major exception: many of them are terrestrial, and the most familiar isopods are pillbugs and woodlice, so your "lice" description is apt.

    Isopods have seven pairs of legs and abbreviated carapaces. Many of them are parasites. One species eats the tongue of a fish and then fits into its mouth. It exactly replaces the tongue: taking its place to participate in feeding, while connecting to its circulatory system and taking nutrition from the fish's blood. This form of parasitism-becoming-symbiosis is unique in the animal kingdom.

    Now, someone was talking about ick factors?

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    Mouton is an old French word for "sheep," so the original meaning of the word is "sheep meat." Goat husbandry was not practiced in England so English has no special word for goat meat. As the English language spread to other cultures where it is more common, "mutton" was appropriated for goat meat, especially in cultures where goats are more common than sheep.

    Goats, sheep and antelope are closely related and in some species the identification is somewhat arbitrary. Goats are one of the oldest domesticated animals, going back to at least 8000BCE. Like pigs and dogs, goats are scavengers, and like those species they were almost certainly self-domesticated to a certain extent, being attracted to our luscious middens (trash piles).
    Each sheepherding culture seems to have its own terminology for the meat of the sheep as it ages. The term "hogget" is used in some countries, such as New Zealand, for a young adult.
     
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  3. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Nope, its the thymus and pancreas.

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  5. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    So it is. Sorry! I can't find any clever euphemism for brain as food, suggesting that, like goat meat, it was never eaten in England.

    Today it's considered inedible in most Western countries. In fact hunters and butchers wear gloves when handling brains to avoid contracting several dreadful prion-transmitted diseases such as encephalitis and chronic wasting disease.

    In the recent past the brains of various animals were used in the cuisine of France, Indonesia, a few Latin American countries and the American South. The aboriginal people of Cameroon fed the brain of a gorilla to a new tribal chief while another elder ate the heart.
     
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  7. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    what's headcheese?

    And why does a meat need to have a euphemism to be eaten? Why couldn't the English simply call it brains and eat it?
     
  8. quadraphonics Bloodthirsty Barbarian Valued Senior Member

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    It's a meat jelly made from boiling the meat off of the head of an animal (typically a cow) and then congealing it in aspic.
     
  9. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    no brains in it?
     
  10. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way ... er ... among other things

    Because that wouldn't be the English way. You don't serve "cow brains". You need to name it something fancy, and hopefully bizarre, like "India pudding". That is the English way.
     
  11. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    hmmm, what do the English call kidneys?? Oh Yeah..kidneys!
    so why wouldn't they call brains brains?
    I really think they called them meat pies.
     
  12. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Do you mean mincemeat pies? They usually contain fruit.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mincemeat

    Brain is a popular delicacy here. You have to order at least 3 days in advance to be sure of getting it.
     
  13. Trippy ALEA IACTA EST Staff Member

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    And yet, here, if you were to ask for a 'Mince and cheese pie' you would get ground beef, rather than fruit mince.
     
  14. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Is it safer there??? Or do people just not worry about it?
     
  15. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I guess we just don't worry about it. Can't imagine why it would be safer :shrug:
     
  16. John99 Banned Banned

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    i would eat the bark off a tree before i ate brains. not that there is anything wrong with it, just something i couldn't do.
     
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  17. Bells Staff Member

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    You'd still eat it, even with the risks involved?

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  18. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Sure. I eat at roadside stalls and sit at dhabas for tea. I drink tap water. I have great immune function.
     
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    I'm not talking about how well your bowels handle the local microbes in the water.

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  20. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    I mean, I'm generally adventurous when it comes to food. Or foolhardy. I eat mystery meats and stuff that every one else will gag on. I only draw the line at bugs and insects but if challenged, I'd probably eat them too.
     
  21. Bells Staff Member

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    There is only one thing that comes to mind right now and that is.. AMG!!

    I can't eat things like liver and kidney, etc. I actually don't like the taste. I am adventurous with what I eat to a certain degree. Organs like livers, kidneys, hearts, etc, I am not adventurous.. in fact, one could say I am almost cowardly. Brains I detest with a passion.

    I couldn't even feed lambs brains to my children when they were babies, even with recommendations from family and being able to buy it in babyfood jars (because I refused to even buy it to prepare it, they suggested I buy it in the jar).. I couldn't do it. My mother tried the 'well you ate it as a child!' routine, to which I replied 'yes, and look what you created Mother.. an atheist.. an ATHEIST!'.. she never brought it up again after that..

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  22. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Thats how most of my family is too. I'm fey I think. I have happily chewed on goat penises, baby octopuses, squirrels, quails, lizards, snake, hooves, eyes, teats and even antelope liver. I don't even know what I have eaten in Chinese buffets since all their traditional dishes are made of organ meats.

    The way I see it, its only those 20 amino acids in various combinations with lipids and carbohydrates.
     
  23. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    From the Wikipedia article on Brain as food:
    I don't think your immune system is going to put up much of a defense against that stuff.
    That's been updated to 22. (Diet for a Small Planet, 1991 edition.) We can synthesize 14 of them out of any of the others, but we need to ingest the other 8 intact.
     

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