Monday, May 11, 2009

Aging Gracefully


Years ago a friend of mine was visiting and shook her head in wonder that the shopkeepers in Egypt were dusting the shoes in shop windows but the meat was hung out in the air with only a cloth covering. On the other hand, meat here is very fresh in that it is usually cut from an animal slaughtered within the last couple of hours at the most and is cooked the same day in a way such that it is very well-cooked. And when butchers advertise "aged meat" it means that the meat was left hanging somewhere for a period of time before selling. I was sitting at a corner in a village and noticed a motorcycle parked against a wall. On closer inspection, I realised that the owner of the motorcycle had a large piece of beef strapped to the carrier in back.

2 comments:

Dina said...

What, no cats and dogs??

Vincent said...

I remember seeing the 'aging' process in action. I regularly saw meat hanging up outside shops. There was often a competition between the flies and the local cats for the carcass...it was at that time I became a vegetarian.