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Lamb's offal/lamb anatomy

That, actually, was the whole reason I went to the slaughter - I emailed ever local sheep-farmer I could find, asking them about getting a 'pluck.' This one invited me to their slaughter, and I made away with one full pluck, two extra lungs (right now I'm feeling like I shouldda taken more... >.>) and pretty much all the 'fries.'

Sadly - the sheep were too old, and their sweetbreads had shrunk to a nearly non-existent size. :(

I also took home a bunch of heads, so I could try to get the tongues and brains. Got the tongues! The brains eluded me. Alas. Cleaned and boiled some of the heads for the meat and to preserve the skulls for friends. Gave some of the heads to my neighbors - refugees from a small village in the Congo. Ended up tossing the last few, because I didn't have the time to clean and cook them all - and they don't fit in my fridge.

But a very productive day!

Oh - and the prep work for the haggis is done. Time to stuff it and cook it! ;)

Jul 17, 2011
ltdead in General Topics

What to Feed my Finicky Five-year Old?

And if she's able to show him a /really great time/ with healthy food... that would be a really good thing.

Jul 16, 2011
ltdead in Home Cooking

Lung recipes?

I'm helping with a lamb slaughter tomorrow, and in return I get all the offal I want - including the unattainable. Lungs! ... but what do I do with them?

I'm excited to try them while I have the chance, but I'd love to be pointed in the right direction!

Jul 15, 2011
ltdead in Home Cooking

What to Feed my Finicky Five-year Old?

Depending on what the parents are or aren't doing to get this kid off on the right start... then you couldn't be more wrong.

There's the chance that this grandmother may be the only one trying to influence this child about healthy eating and excitement about food. I'm the /godmother/ of a kid whose parents are raising him on a crappy diet - and I do everything I can to influence him. And the kid ain't even blood related to me!

Herby - if you have any farmers' markets nearby, take advantage of them! Give yer grandkid a few dollars, and tell him to buy anything he wants (though I add the rule of 'as long as it grows in the dirt or on a tree'). And walk around sampling everything you can! Make a big show about how much you like the stuff you're sampling.

Jul 15, 2011
ltdead in Home Cooking

Lamb's offal/lamb anatomy

Hey all,

I've been invited to help with a lamb slaughter, and I was told I could go home with lots of the offal - because apparently they throw it all away! I mentioned sweetbreads - and they didn't even know what they were! D:

How am I going to ID the parts I want? Does anyone have hand-dandy links or photos? I figure some bits - like kidney, and liver, and lamb fries I'll be able to figure out pretty easily - but how do I find the sweetbreads?

Thanks, folks!

Jul 15, 2011
ltdead in General Topics

Advice - poor quality squash

I bought a kabocha squash today at the farmer's market. I was a little surprised to see one so early, but I had seen something about how 'fall produce' was starting to reach the markets, and I had a few squash recipes I wanted to try, so I bought it!

I cut it open and it's... well, it's not orange. It's not very sweet, either. In fact, it's very bland. I baked it and pureed it for my recipe (I was hoping to make squash ravioli) hoping it would taste better cooked - but it doesn't. Was it just too early for this squash to have been harvested? Why would a farmer harvest and bring to market something that wasn't ready?

What do I do with this squash now that I have it? :( Half is still raw and uncut - I'd hate to just waste it, but it's just so bland and flavorless.

Maybe I can pickle it? And what should I do with the puree? I really wanted to make the ravioli - but that seems like an awful waste of effort.

Sep 20, 2010
ltdead in Home Cooking

Homemade lasagna noodles?

I've used this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/French-Bread/Detail.aspx
But to make baguettes, I divide the dough in fourths, and bake them for a shorter time. It's also said if you throw in a few icecubes into the oven that the steam makes the crust extra crispy.

I'm thinking of trying this recipe instead, tomorrow, though. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/French-B...
I was originally detered because the instructions are for a bread machine, which I don't have, but I've done more bread making now and trust I know how to make it right. ;)

Sep 13, 2010
ltdead in Home Cooking

Homemade lasagna noodles?

Well, I have a lasagna recipe I want to try. ;) Namely because the 6 year old in MY household (roomie's son) needs more veggies in his diet, and it has sliced and roasted veggies layered in. I'm just looking for a pasta recipe, since I've never made pasta before! I'm excited to try. I've been handmaking a lot of things lately. (Baguettes, mayo, mustard, BBQ sauce, pickles, jam, etc). It's been a lot of fun! ;)

Sep 12, 2010
ltdead in Home Cooking

Homemade lasagna noodles?

I'm thinking of making lasagna with homemade noodles.

A) do you have any particularly good recipes you've tried for noodles?

B) do I cook the noodles before assembling the lasagna? I've read in some places that you should, and in others that it's unnecessary with homemade noodles.

Sep 12, 2010
ltdead in Home Cooking