Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Still, Thanks, but No Thanks

I'll pass on the lamb, and yes there is a story behind that. My late wife, Ellie, grew up in Westchester County, NY and lamb was a great favorite of hers and of all her family. I, on the other hand, had three summers of eating in the cafeteria at a western college whose name started with "R" and ended in "eed." The cafeteria manager, or purchasing agent or whoever made those decisions, had evidently worked a long-term contract with some Montana sheep baron. We had "lamb" and mutton and mouton-- you get the idea-- to the point that I can barely stand to be in the same room with it.

Ellie, on the other hand, was at times almost distraught because lamb was impossible to obtain in our community, even though we practically could see the sheep grazing in the pasture next door. Of course: they shipped their lamb to NY! So when her brother visited, he always brought a leg of lamb: and you gotta love Don. He brought a ham, too, just for me.

A BBBH favorite is gyros so whenever we are in the neighborhood of a good Greek restaurant, she gets to stop for that. Of course, I have a burger.



(Since I have hit a "dry spell," I lifted this from my private blog to share it publicly.)

...and again, ideas and I both being exhausted, I lifted this from the archives; it is a repeat.

8 comments:

Shelly said...

And a good repeat, it is. I, too, pass on lamb, mutton, et al. Just..can't...eat...it.

Grace said...

I'm not much of a meat eater but I too like lamb. Once I grew teeth I had a baby lamb chop almost every day for lunch - I was a picky eater and super skinny...never lost my taste for lamb - and it is difficult to get. I use 1/2 lamb and 1/2 beef for my meatloaf; lamb burgers with a yogurt/lemon sauce; grilled chops with a fruit sauce glaze and yes - gyros! But only the 'real' kind - meat sliced off a hunk of meat on a spit...Oh yeah!

Secondary Roads said...

We like lamb. We particularly like a lamb stew dish that we ate regularly in Ecuador. It is lamb, tomatoes, yellow plantains, onions and other good things. We serve it over brown rice.

vanilla said...

Shelly, strange, isn't it, how our tastes develop? Some of my other readers seem to enjoy lamb very much!

Grace, it's a New York thing, isn't it? Ellie was from just outside the City in Westchester County.

Chuck, I think the chances are very good that should you and Sylvia prepare that dish and set it before me I would eat it and enjoy the experience.



Secondary Roads said...

Knowing that you don't care for lamb, it is highly unlikely that you would served same at our table. If you were to request, that would be an all together different matter.

vanilla said...

Chuck, I know full well that you would be the gracious host!

Sharkbytes said...

I don't like lamb very much. Can barely eat it hot. Can't even tolerate the smell of it cold. Good think I wasn't born Jewish.

vanilla said...

Shark, we do have that in common.