The other day my Step-Dad announced that he would love some tripe and onions.
Being a dutiful daughter I went out and bought some on Friday.
They had Ox tripe.
But it looked a bit suspect.
Not that tripe ever looks attractive.
And, for the first time, I saw lamb’s tripe.
This looked nice and white(and small) so I bought two packets.
I took them out of their packets, yesterday.
Horrors…they were whole stomachs.
And looked dreadful.
They were like little pouches.
I boiled them up several times and changed the water.
Then I put them in the slow cooker where they simmered the whole night and most of the morning.
Just now I cut them up.
This was truly vomit inducing.
I tried to keep my eyes shut but it wasn’t easy.
Don’t laugh….I once cut up a whole pig’s head to make brawn.
And never looked at it once.
But I am a lot older now.
And quite attached to my fingers.
The bits I managed to rescue are now simmering in milk and onions.
Just enough for the old folk.
My brother won’t even try it.
After having the smell of tripe permeating the flat for nearly two days Mex and I are in total agreement.
We would rather starve!
I think I shall become a vegetarian.
On entering the park you are given a map and a list of instructions.
Like do not get out of your car.
Do not feed the animals.
Do not litter etc, etc, etc.
They also ask you not to drive over the elephant dung.
Apparently, the dung is home to the endangered dung beetle.
They eat and breed in the dung.
I really can’t get too excited about a beetle that eats shit.
That lot must have been a townhouse complex.
One more elephant.
Because I can.
Now you know.