Nov 18, 2009

the heart of the matter

Sometimes food can be slightly intimidating.

(Central Market Hall, Budapest)

4 comments:

Marie said...

Huh..I was nervous about this post; thank goodness it's only chickens. Even here in the sterile US of A we sometimes see gizzards. No idea.

Robyn MacLarty said...

Sies! Though if you think that's intimidating, read this. Ak. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/nov/19/eating-live-food-carp-chinese

jvdh said...

M - I miss the ability to (at least in theory) buy every bit of animal - here it is frequently communicated that a pig, when cut up, delivers a number of chops, and four bits you can roast. I was happily surprised in a Chinese place in Soho a few weeks ago to find all the missing bits separated into stacks and appropriately labelled. A Spanish girl was trying to explain to an amazed British boy that it is completely normal.

R - I'm sure there is a recipe out there that would make it fine (I'm not going to go any further than that). But it does bring up all our cultural biases etc etc etc again...

Jeanne said...

Spain & France can be like that - there are bits of pig on sale in markets that you'd NEVER see in the UK - and yes, it is rather intimidating. I'll never forget the entire market stall in Riqwihr in Alsace devoted to pig's heads, and the clown who had decorated one head with a beret and a Gauloise...!