Gary arrived home after visiting the Petco pet store. I could tell he was home by the distinctive way he screamed, "Honey! I'm home!" Actually, he screamed, "COME SEE THIS THIS IS AMAZING YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS THING I FOUND AT THE PET STORE!"
I went to the kitchen and found out that the amazing thing was a new snack, Lamb Lung Chips. I swear to you, it's dehydrated lung alveoli. From iddie bidda bayyyyby lambkins.
I asked Gary, "That sounds tasty and unusual. Why don't they make lamb chunks for people snacks?"
"They do! They're called ... something."
"No," he said, "Those are the testicles, not the lungs."
I paused a moment, then said as I headed for the PC room, "Excuse for me a moment. I need to go write something down."
"No! No! I was wrong. Sweetbreads are the ... thymus?"
"Okay. So we'll be feeding our dog chopped up sheep lungs."
"Not sheep. Lamb. Because they are younger and their lungs are tender."
"Right, because it's when they hit adolescence and start smoking, then you can't use the lungs."
"It seems a little inhumane to eat the lungs. Think of all those baby lambs trapped in little iron-lung machines after they've had their lungs removed."
My dog is heavy into something innocuously called a "bully stick" at the moment. I don't have the heart to tell her that's as close as she'll ever get to one.
Posted by: Candy | October 08, 2007 at 11:20 AM
Daughter used to work at a place like that only not that... and was quick to point out the dried bull dicks (I couldn't MAKE this stuff up) for chew toys. I mean, really... who even thinks up this stuff?
Posted by: sue | October 08, 2007 at 12:50 PM
Posted by: Autumn | October 08, 2007 at 01:50 PM
Have the lambs stopped screaming, Clarisse?
Oh, I suppose being lung-free they have.
Thanks for the belly laugh.
Posted by: Friend #3 | October 08, 2007 at 10:42 PM
Candy - OH MY GOD. I just had to look that up on Wikipedia. That certainly would inspire more Porno poo.
Sue - OH MY GOD I WAS HOPING WIKIPEDIA LIED BUT NO! Sue confirms it!
Autumn - Well, certainly the "ick" isn't for the lungs when there are dried bull member out there being gnawed on.
Friend #3 - I looked a little more at why we don't eat lungs, and found that Individuals of the Jewish Persuasion evidently do. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offal#US_and_Canada
Posted by: TheQueen | October 08, 2007 at 11:47 PM
Okay, never EVER heard of THAT! *shudder* In fact, I'm inclined to think this is really, really um... incorrect. Tongue, yes. Lung, no. *shudder*
I'll get a second opinion from Michelle, cuz that's news to me. And then maybe a third from my St. Louis aunt.
Posted by: Friend #3 | October 09, 2007 at 09:23 PM
Okay, okay. It's real. *cringe* It's disgusting, but it's real. *retch*
Posted by: Friend #3 | October 09, 2007 at 09:30 PM
Friend #3 - Salt and pepper pieces of lungs and fry them in butter until well browned. Sprinkle with flour, stir well, and cook for a few minutes more (or thicken with blood). Cover with dry red wine or a mixture of wine and stock. Add a bouquet garni and some crushed garlic. Cover and bake in a moderate oven for 1 1/2 hours. Transfer the pieces of lung to a shallow baking dish and add some chopped and fried bacon, diced or whole mushrooms, and a number of small onions (and/or carrots) fried in butter or with the lean bacon. Cover with the strained cooking liquid and return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes. Garnish with croutons.
I know you don't like croutons, though. (Recipe courtesy of Uncle Phaedrus, Finder of Lost recipes (http://www.hungrybrowser.com/phaedrus/m0128W04.htm#2)
Posted by: TheQueen | October 09, 2007 at 11:13 PM
I suppose we can put the lungless lamby-kins in the same room with those earless pigs they started maiming a few years back.
What's next? Goat-skin jerky?
Posted by: Friend #2 | October 10, 2007 at 12:17 AM
Um... Just a wild guess here, but given that the recipe calls for bacon, Uncle Phaedrus never experienced the touch of a mohel.
Posted by: Friend #3 | October 10, 2007 at 06:58 PM
Friend #3 - a) lung stew without bacon? That's just gross. b)You may have been wrong about lung stew, but you are right: the Big n Tasty is the Quarter Pounder.
Posted by: TheQueen | October 10, 2007 at 11:38 PM