Saturday, November 6, 2010

English food can be creepy at the best of times, but especially so in the Victorian era (disclaimer: England currently produces some of the finest food in the world)

Source: listverse.com Top 10 creepy aspectsof victorian life

English food can be creepy at the best of times, but especially so in the Victorian era (disclaimer: England currently produces some of the finest food in the world). The Victorians loved offal and ate virtually every part of an animal. This is not entirely creepy if you are a food fanatic (like me) but for the average person, the idea of supping on a bowl of brains and heart is not appealing. Another famous dish from the Victorian era was turtle soup. The turtle was prized above all for its green jello-like fat which was used to flavor the soup made from the long-boiled stringy flesh of the animal.

Source: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offal

Offal is a culinary term used to refer to the entrails and internal organs of a butchered animal. The word does not refer to a particular list of organs, but includes most internal organs other than muscles or bones. Note that as an English collective noun, the term "offal" is used in the same form for singular and plural — without a final "s." People in some cultures shy away from offal as food, while others use it as everyday food, or even in delicacies that command a high price.

Offal not used directly for human or animal food is often processed in a rendering plant, producing material that is used for fertilizer or fuel.



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