The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Unusual”.
This is an unusual photograph of a piglet’s ear. Yes, you read correctly, and what’s more, I was about to eat it!
Lunching with some friends I reluctantly ordered Leitão assado à Bairrada (suckling pig). “Okay, no pig deal,” I thought as squirmed in my seat not wanting to appear whimpish.
The last time I had suckling pig it was just like chunks of roast pork. No problem!
The problem comes when you talk, drink copious amounts of wine and you do not pay attention to what is served up on your plate. It was only when I readjusted my vision (I should wear glasses), paused with fork hovering over the offending article, turned it round for closer inspection, that I realised what it was and pushed it to one side in disgust.
“You’re not going to leave that, are you?” our friend asked.
I nodded, unable to speak.
“That’s the best bit,” he announced as he immediately stabbed the offending ear with his fork, and ate it!
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Tales from France – Tete de Veau – bone out! and Cozido à Portuguesa,
To think the gastronomic highlight of my week used to be: Fish’n chips with mushy peas on a Friday night!
The ear doesn’t seem like such a bad part to eat but this definitely looks more like the snout !
Did you try it though? It looks a bit like crackling on a roast pork joint, sort of. Actually it sort of looks like a pigs snout rather than an ear.
Almost as nasty as “Rocky Mountain Oysters” . . . a/k/a Bull’s Balls. Ack!
In France once I had quail in a magical apricot brandy sauce. There were two — I ate the first one, tasted the noodles accompanying the fowl and then went to eat the second. I realized that not only were the heads still on the birds, but a small piece of noodle had found its way to the uneaten bird’s eye — he was looking right at me.
I think I like the thought of fish and chips better than eating them now. Pigs ear does not quite have the same ring to it.
fish and chips any time!!
I couldn’t have eaten it either.
When I recognized what it was I could have ran sqeualing for the hills!