With this curricula each week is a new topic. This week topic is: cows/beef.
One of the activities for this topic was to go to the grocery store and find various beef products and determine what part of the cow they came from.
I, knowing this, decided to take Web-Princess to an local ethnic store. A store that I knew would sell more "exotic" cuts of meat then what she's use to seeing at our typical store. I expected to see beef tongue, beef heart, beef liver along with the regular cuts we are use to like steaks, hamburger, roast, etc.
What I did not expect was to see an item called beef tripe. I did not know what beef tripe was so I took out my phone and googled it right there. Tripe = the editable lining of the stomach. I had no idea that the lining was editable. Web-princess, who won't touch fish, was begging for me to buy some so she can try it! It wasn't that pricey, but honestly I'm clueless on how to cook it.
Thankfully some of my facebook friends were able to direct me to an recipe that I could try. I pretty much followed this recipe -- I just omitted the mint added noodles and a little bit more water. Over all the dish when done looked good, smelled good, and over all taste was fine. We just couldn't get over the texture issue of the tripe. It was just very spongy and chewy. -- the best way I can describe it is chewing on a kitchen sponge -- it was purely a texture issue.
Well at texture issue for Web-princess and I. We could have eaten the rest of the food in the dish and just avoid the tripe, but my husband wouldn't even touch it. He flat out refused to try it. Superstar, my son, tried -- but he won't eat spaghetti and this was to much like that so he refused to eat too. -- that's why step 4 picture is Italian beef with fries. We decided to order food!
Step 1 is the tripe in a pot of water. This is what my daughter saw in the store and said, "Mom, lets try it!"
Step 2 is the browning of onions and bacon.
Step 3 is the finished dish.
Step 4 is the food we ordered seeing the dish turned out to a failure.
Have you tried tripe? or anything else that would be exotic to you? Tell me about it!
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