Sunday, December 27, 2009

How To Make Boiled Tripe Appealing



Any expert picklers out there? Anyone with the requisite taste for preserved walnuts? I’m in need of serious encouragement. For weeks I have been living with the Mr’s latest venture – a vat of green walnuts soaking in their salty brine. With the post-Christmas lazy days, no-one-out-of-jim-jams-for-24-hours hibernation going on, the Mr deemed it walnut drying time.

Ugh. Be grateful I still haven’t worked out how to blog a smell. It’s a nasty, cloying stench – sweet, with a nasty bitter aftertaste – one you can actually (ok, almost) taste. Like mangoes – with the obvious mangoes-are-delicious difference. Apparently I just need to wait until these delicacies are black and withered and then I get to help demonstrate our ‘try anything once’ policy for the anklebiters. Usually that would be no issue – I happily try most anything, including boiled tripe, (so far the only experience requiring light therapy). This time I’ll be wearing one of these:



I’m counting on unmitigated nasal pain to see me through the whole nasty sensory experience.


PS. After eating a pickled walnut and deeming it delicious, I have agreed to eat everyones’ hat.

PPS. Which guarantees an entirely unpalatable experience either way.

PPPS. I hope your festive celebrations were wonderful and there are long, lazy, free-from-pickled-walnut days to while away...

20 comments:

Madeline said...

I'm generally a try anything kind of gal, but I'd definitely need a clothespin for that.

Christy said...

i hope good o'l olfactory fatigue goes to your rescue! happy new year Tania! All the best for a sparkling new year!

Vic said...

Hmmmmmmm.... sounds..... interesting...

Pickled walnuts, boiled tripe... sounds like fun at your house! ;)

I did manage to make it down the street xmas eve sweets, so you have a whole $17.50 with which to buy fresh mints if required...

Michelle said...

A ha! I wondered about the green pickled walnuts. My neighbour has a tree and each year we all say we are going to pick them green as a collective and then pickle them. For three years though we've let the cockies get them before we bothered doing anything about it. I think we might be onto something there ...

Cath from chunkychooky said...

I did not know you could pickle walnuts....i have no desire to taste them... they just sounds awful! Are they nice though?? reallyy? what do they taste like???

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Pickled walnuts are , indeed , disgusting and the production of them sounds best left to some factory far , far away .
But tripe as in Callos a la Madrileña ? The perfect winter warmer .... though the assembled ingredients do look a little odd .
Sonata

A Peppermint Penguin said...

I have a delicate digestion and no children, thereby being excused from a)trying anything potentially painful or b)setting a good example. In this instance, I deem myself fortunate!

Make an edible, yummy, hat - simples!

Cheers,
AJ

Umatji said...

Oh we have a walnut tree that gets eaten up by the birds so last year my partner pickled a pot - some still there - good with cheese but not really my cup of tea! Prefer a real walnut but the birds deny me again and again!

Hayley Egan said...

Hmm I can't even imagine really...

Karin said...

I really can't imagine how pickled walnuts would taste. I believe you when you say they are delicious though, so maybe I am going to try it myself some day.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas, Tania!

Needled Mom said...

It sounds like an interesting project and I will look forward to your idea once you taste them. Too bad it has a nasty smell now.

Cherry said...

Yikes! Who new you could even pickle walnuts!

ps - the teatowel arrived - love it! Thanks x

elly bee said...

a pickled walnut sounds interesting but I have no idea if it tastes interesting.
don't you hate yourself when you to life to the rules you set for your kids? can we start a blog post there? I can make a list myself...will think it over.

ps. were you having a good x'mas?
eb xx

Kaylovesvintage said...

would be so cool, if you coul blog a smell..guess I would bake cake all day,lol

FWOG. A blog. By Fi and Wendy. said...

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Come on ya big girl... pickled walnuts are a winner - especially when teamed with nice cheese and crisp wine. Just remember good old Dr. Seuss and 'Green Eggs and Ham'. I would eat them here or there, I would eat them anywhere.
W

willywagtail said...

I've put off reading this for ages because the mere title turned my stomach. Hope life eventually improves for you. LOL Cherrie

mrs smith said...

The tea towels arrived and I am in tea towel heaven. Thank you so much.

G

Nikki Cardigan said...

Giggled at your ‘try anything once’ policy and impressed that you followed it. I'm still not sold!

Tas said...

I don't think that you area allowed to use the words "tripe" and "appealing" in the same sentence. Someone forbade it once...a long time ago...really...something about "misleading"...

Christina Lowry said...

Hi Tania,

I received your gorgeous tea towels and am now having second thoughts about actually giving one away! Why oh why did I tell her I was going to give her one? Ahhh well.

I have posted a pic on my blog. Thanks again!

:) Christina