Cows Don’t Bleat

A few years back, a movie called BarebackBrokeback Mountain was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. It was frequently called “a gay cowboy movie”; this was not an accurate description. The two men at the centre of the film were herding sheep, not wrangling sheep. They were shepherds and not cowboys. Calling it a “gay shepherd movie” would have been more accurate, if just as much a case of missing the heart of the story.

This inability to distinguish lamb from beef seems to be a common problem here in the US. I frequently see Shepherds’ Pie listed on menus. Almost always it is made with minced beef; which means that it is cottage pie. Shepherds’ pie needs to be made with minced lamb; hence the name.

Fortunately, the lamb chops that I ate on Saturday were actually lamb meat. Moreover, they came with a side of mint-jelly – so it is possible to find lamb properly presented.

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Published in: on 31 December, 2012 at 7:00  Comments (2)  

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  1. I believe that’s Brokeback mountain Mr. Burke 🙂

  2. What restaurant was this?


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