The following originally appeared on 8/26/08 at Exit 51.
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Lamb is one of those ingredients that I have no luck with. I don’t know if it’s the taste or the texture or that I’m just not preparing it right but I have yet to fix lamb at home and rave about it. Not that I’m a quitter or anything but I don’t think lamb is my thing. I’ve tried twice. Twice I’ve been disappointed.
The first lamb experiment came just after SFC and I got married. It was two weeks after the wedding. He had Army training over the weekend so I thought I’d surprise him with lamb chops when he got home. I was very excited. But they just weren’t what I was expecting. The taste was a little gamey compared to beef, and the texture was just all wrong. It doesn’t help that SFC and I do not agree that medium rare is done. It was too done and too dry. That was also the night that I found out SFC would be heading overseas with the Army. So really, my first experience with lamb did not hold any good memories.
I don’t know why, but I decided to give it another try. Quick Lamb Stew is what the recipe promised. What I got out of it was Quick and it was Stew-like. But it’s the Lamb part is where it all went wrong. Gamey and Chewy were back. They had taken over the Stew. I think SFC is on his own to finish off those leftovers. I don’t want anything to do with them.
So I don’t know, maybe lamb is one of those things that I might steal a taste of off someone else’s plate at a restaurant. But I think Mary can just keep her little lamb.