Sunday, July 25, 2010

SUNDAY BREAKFAST













This is not bodyparts of an alien lifeform. It is black pudding, a delicacy of the British Isles. When the uninitiated American first encounters an Brit aficionado tucking into a delicious helping of black pudding – on its own or as part of an epic fry-up – their first reaction is usually one of dire shock. “That is that?” “What’s it made of?” “How the fuck can you eat that?” And when the questions are answered the shock often deepens. Sometimes taking the questioner quite close the threshold of catatonia. “It’s made of what???” And this has always struck me as a little odd. I mean, why is it considered okay to eat a nice steak sliced from a cow’s rump, and yet to their eat their intestines, liver, or dried blood as somehow disgusting. I take the attitude that, if one is going to kill and consume the poor creature, one has a karmic responsibility to eat all of it. But many don’t see it that way. The modern carnivore is an oddly detached creature. (And, yet, have you ever wondered what’s in a Big Mac?)

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6 comments:

The Hound said...

Now please explain Marmite and its appeal to us Yanks.....

Mick said...

If I remember rightly the whole Marmite/Vegemite issue was aired on Doc40 a couple of years ago. I will Google.

Anonymous said...

Then explain haggis!

Munz said...

There were Irish pubs in NYC in the early '80s that used to serve black pudding -- or blood pudding as I recall it being called -- as part an authentic Irish Sunday brunch. I assume the whole shebang was essentially what you call a fry-up. Game for anything when hungover, especially grease, I ate it and enjoyed it. Even though it looks like dog turds. Given the ethnic cleansing of NYC, I don't know if one can still find 'em, but the Irish are a tough lot and I'm sure there are blood pudding enclaves left.

Peromyscus said...

I fucking love black pudding. But the British expat shop in town closed down last year and I can't get it any longer.

LöstJimmy said...

Doc it remains that Stornoway Black Pudding is the best I've tasted. As for Marmite...food of the Gods on toast literally