Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Unctuous

Did I ever tell you about the time I ate pig's feet?

It was a month or two ago that I finally got up the courage to pull the trotters out of the freezer and cook them up.  There were two options for the feet.  I could either cook them in a way to plate them as feet or I could cook them and chop up the meat before plating.  For obvious reasons I chose the latter.

I don't remember what recipe I used but the basic method was; shave, boil, mix, bake.





The longest part of the job was getting the hair off the feet.  Singing the hairs did not go well.  Shaving worked but it took forever.  After all the time spent prepping the dish, I was expecting to be wowed.

While looking up recipes for trotters I noticed that the only thing people could say about them was that they were unctuous.

Here's the definition according to TheFreeDictionary.com;

unc·tu·ous 
adj.
1. Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness: "the unctuous, complacent court composer who is consumed with envy and self-loathing" (Rhoda Koenig).
2. Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery.
3. Containing or composed of oil or fat.
4. Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich: unctuous soil.

That doesn't sound promising does it?

After the feet were boiled and the meat (and I use that term loosely) was mixed with herbs and packed into ramekins, Limey was starting to get a bit put off.  "But it'll be unctuous!" I exclaimed.  Surely we wanted to experience something unctuous?  Limey just shrugged his shoulders, so into the oven it went.

Now I want to point out that it did taste fine.  It was a pretty generic meat taste, nothing particularly great or gross about it.  But the texture?  Oh it was unctuous all right.  Although at that point I was convinced that the word was actually an onomatopoeia.  I'm pretty sure that when I briefly held that trotter gunk in my mouth and then stuck out my tongue to let it slide back out, the noise I made combined with the sound IT made when it suctioned back onto the ramekin sounded just like

"Ungh-shhh-eww-ush"

Farmgirl Friday

8 comments:

  1. Great post. I'm not sure I'm up for some unctulishous pigs feet just yet but may try something of the sorts when we get some weaner pigs.

    Keep up the funny and informative blogs.

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  2. Thanks Doug. Yeah I don't really recommend trotters. The bacon though is fabulous!

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  3. LOL. Can't say that its worth all that trouble to be unctuous at best. Pigs are on our list of future to-dos, but maybe I'll pass on the trotters.

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  4. Our three little piggies are coming on Sunday and their feet are not going anywhere near my freezer, stove or plate. I ordered that Charcuterie book you mentioned earlier, hasn't arrived yet - boo Chapters shipping guarantee - but hopefully it will in time for Father's Day. I agree with Doug, this is a great blog. Thanks for your hard work! I don't know how you tend to this, 3 kids, milk goats and all the rest.

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  5. LOL...I know how to respond if someone ask us to dinner serving 'trotters'..."Sorry we've got a previous engagement." You put the hooves and all in there?!? I'll do beef tongue, liver, and heart, but I guess that's as adventurous as I get.

    Enjoyed your post!

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  6. I had a hungarain dish that used pigs feet in it.Don't recall the name,but it had the feet,onions,potatoes,salt,and ofcourse hungarian paprika.It was like a stew.Good with a fresh loaf of bread,and some cucumber salad.It was pretty good.

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  7. I really wanted to like it but it just didn't happen.

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