WFP: On a Wednesday! Hooray!
On Sunday for family dinner we had one of my all-time favorite foods. Oh my, this meal is so good. Everyone in my family, even the pickiest of members, loves this meal. Good, old fashioned, beef tongue with noodles. Yep, it’s downright delicious. This is one of those traditional foods that my family on my maternal side has eaten for a long long time. I grew up with this dish, and it was always a big treat- a birthday meal or something for a special occasion. It was only later in my life that I realized it was an uncommon dish, and that most people think it’s strange. As my house mate, Doug, would put it: "I just don’t really want to taste anything that can taste me right back…" I think this is the general consensus, but to that I say… you all are seriously missing out. So come take a look at an old traditional dish that we all relish in our family.
Are you excited? I know I am…
This is what a cow tongue looks like. It’s not exactly pretty, but when I think about it, meat isn’t really ever pretty. We’re just used to certain things. I know people who are grossed out by a whole chicken, but will happily cook and eat something that comes in a styrofoam plastic wrapped package. I sort of think that our perception is just… our perception. It’s not necessarily rooted in a lot of truth. There is a lot of food from different cultures that folks might find strange, but is delicious and nourishing just the same. We are obviously more comfortable with what we know, but I think it’s good to challenge our perceptions and just stay open. We might just find something good.
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i grew up in a culture where beef tongue was a common staple at family dinners and children’s birthday parties alike. i used to love it, but i must admit, at some point in my teens, the idea of eating tongue made me more than a bit squeamish and i haven’t had it since. my mom still makes it regularly and eloise loves it.
also, i must respectfully disagree about its appearance! there’s something creepy as hell about it before it’s cut up. it’s like…a weird-textured shoe made of meat. :]