Dixie Peach: Everything but the oink

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Everything but the oink

I love my mother-in-law. I feel very priviledged to have such a loving, generous MIL, especially since I have a lot of friends who have beastly ones.

However I'm calling my devotion to her into question ever since late this afternoon. That's when she threw the Schweinezunge into my shopping basket. That, ladies and gentlemen, would be a pig's tongue.

I liked her better when the weirdest thing I knew of her eating were smoked eel sandwiches.


Blogger Kirsti said...

My mother always makes tongue for Christmas, as my dad loves it. I think she uses an ox tongue rather than pig though... still, it's pretty gross! But do take her up on the offer of learning continental knitting, even so.

9:44 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

All I could think of when I saw that vacuum sealed tongue in my shopping basket was "Damn! Pigs have longer tongues than I thought!" and "That had best not be touching my butter and eggs!".

Everyone that eats tongue says it's very tasty and it is just a muscle like the rest of meat but it's the idea behind it that was ooging me out.

9:52 PM  
Blogger amulbunny said...

My dad loved tongue, boiled and sliced with horseradish and mustard. I did not inherit that. But he also loved Limburger and Head cheese too. Guess that part of the German genes didn't click.


10:01 PM  
Blogger BarefootCajun said...

Tongue! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm... I prefer beef tongue, personally. My grandmother could cook one in a pressure cooker that would melt in your mouth. She'd serve it with rice and gravy and it was scruptuous. I'm going to buy myself a pressure cooker just to cook one. It grosses E out.

The Mexicans eat smothered tongue for breakfast, usually as a barbacoa taco. LOVE it!

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Robin said...

Tongue and kidneys are the only meats I take issue with. With tongue, it's a texture thing. When I was in culinary school, we were making a traditional Bolognase sauce with beef tongue. Cutting that raw, and feeling how thick and tough it was just skeeved me to no end. I get a little shiver whenever I see tongue at the store.

I also have head cheese issues. There's a restaurant in my hometown that makes an amazing salad, which I haven't been able to eat since 20 years ago. I was eating one of those salads when my granny whipped out the head cheese and told me what it was. So vile that it not only turned me off the head cheese, but also the salad.

11:07 PM  
Blogger christina said...

If you can get around the fact that it's a TONGUE, it actually is quite tasty. My grandmother used to make it and we ate it thinking it was some kind of weird ham.

Germans seem to love tongue - especially Zungenragout. Live and let live, I guess, as long as they don't make you eat it.

We get the smoked eel thrust upon us every Christmas. So nice and fatty and the odour lingers for days! Mmmmm!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Dixie said...

You know I can deal with the Zungenwurst thing - won't eat it but it's not too much weirder looking that some of the other wurst for sale here - but seeing that whole tongue in plastic looking all...I dunno...toungy was just giving me the willies. I'm not exaggerating when I say it strongly resembled Gene Simmons' tongue.

And I nearly freak if I happen to walk into my MIL's apartment and she's cooking up or eating a plate of Losewurst (for those of you not in the know, it's ground pork that's spiced and cooked in pig's blood and served with boiled potatoes). Looks like a autopsy.

All in all I don't do so well at German butcher shops. Scared the life out of me the first time I happened to see half a hog's head in the display case.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous pkb said...

ewwwww.....i'm with you dix.

4:16 PM  

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