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    Hajar Elizabeth
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 6:38 pm Groupie

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    Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:11 pm Groupie
    G'day've taught me that tomatos can be grated...amazing! Will be trying the lamb cutlets tonight.....can't wait lolol. Dad and the rest of us our lamb....another way to prepare it is a bonus...thanks so much for expanding my recipes daily.
    Hajar Elizabeth
    Thu Jul 28, 2005 10:29 pm Groupie

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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:57 am Groupie
    What about goat?

    When we were in the desert we were treated to a night with a nomad family, where they slaughtered a goat and cooked it for us. We started by eating the offal (I remember specifically the lungs and also the heart and liver wrapped in the intestines and barbequed, kind of like a sausage) and eventually moved up to a tagine with the meat.

    We also had a goat tagine at a local spot in Inzegane (a town near the tourist resort of Agadir). Our guide said it was a meat known as being especially good for diabetics.
    Hajar Elizabeth
    Fri Jul 29, 2005 9:43 am Groupie

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    Chef Zadi
    Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:08 pm
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    fantastic writing hajar,

    I'm trying to send you an email but it doesn't seem to work through this forum.

    Can you email me your address?

    Hajar Elizabeth
    Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:56 pm Groupie

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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:06 pm
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    icon_biggrin.gif Hajar, thank you so much for these informative posts!! So much of the food habits you write about are also so familiar to me -- like offal! I'm in South Africa, as I think you know by now.

    You'll find that Americans are not fond of lamb/mutton, and I've never been able to find out why. Some say the meat "smells strongly". Well, maybe it's the grass they eat over there, as S-African lamb or mutton, fresh, has no smell at all. But sheep grazing in our dry Karoo (a large semi-desert area) has meat scented like herbs, due to the low-growing herb-like bushes they graze on. Delicious!

    Mention offal, and some people go into a dead faint! Although I draw the line, for myself, at lungs and pancreas (yuck) I am VERY fond of lamb/mutton offal which includes the head and certain of the intestines, and I love brain. (But I prefer someone else to do the cooking, and in the end it must be so tender, and there must be quite a lot of sauce, so that no "bit" is recognisable!!)

    A dear uncle, now deceased, absolutely adored mutton offal, and loved the way my mother cooked it. One day when he was exclaiming about how delicious it was, she tried to explain what he had on his fork. "No, no, please!" he said. "Don't explain a thing: I don't want to know WHAT I'm eating. I just want to enjoy it!"

    See you around!
    Hajar Elizabeth
    Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:26 pm Groupie

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    Fri Jul 29, 2005 8:50 pm Groupie
    Hahahah Hajar....had forgotten about Lamb's Fry...we used to eat it weekly also...with bacon and onions. My Mum used to feed who ever the baby in the family was, a special lamb's brain recipe...which unfortunately , she took to her grave. Wish I had written it down...can't remember what she did with it.
    My husband and I [ sheeeezh ...I sound like the Queen lolol]...are off on a month's holiday in the outback of South Australia...I'm going to miss so much , your recipes....but will return home relaxed and refreshed and ready to get cooking.
    Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:41 am
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    icon_confused.gif Hajar, through chats on another food website, and posts I read there, I found to my surprise that many Americans (maybe only from certain parts of the US??) said they disliked lamb and mutton. When I asked why, some said it had a "strong smell" they disliked.

    Maybe this is limited to certain states only. I really don't know. You know how 5 or 8 people say the same thing, and you start believing that what they say is true for the whole country?? I can also be a total no-brainer, and I assumed it must have something to do with whatever it is the sheep eat over there! But as you explained to me, it's possibly a generalisation I made ... icon_redface.gif

    Good luck with the ... did you say you're moving house?? Oh dear -- very stressful!

    Thank you for your contributions to this forum -- fascinating! icon_biggrin.gif
    Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:54 am Groupie
    I'm Canadian and I had never had lamb before moving to the UK. I have heard some North Americans don't like it because it has a "gamey" taste.
    Tasty Tidbits
    Sun Jul 31, 2005 4:10 am
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    Also as a Canadian that moved to Britain I had little or no experience with lamb before moving over here. The one time my mother had cooked lambchops they smelled terrible when they were cooking (kind of like burning wool) and tasted just as bad. I have grown to love lamb since moving to Britain but have not alot of experience in cooking it. I look forward to your columns and am very impressed thus far in what you have written! Keep up the good work!
    Sun Jul 31, 2005 7:50 am
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    icon_cool.gif Ah-ha! So I wasn't completely wrong! Now the puzzle is: why would American and Canadian lamb taste differently to others, elsewhere? As Sackville Girl and Mary-Alice said, that was exactly the answers I got when I asked why lamb was not generally liked in the USA.

    Mary-Alice, I think you can now safely experiment! Lamb is delicious in the UK, and they also import lamb from New Zealand. icon_wink.gif
    Hajar Elizabeth
    Sun Jul 31, 2005 8:01 am Groupie

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