Jellied pig’s head. Headcheese. Make you salivate? No? Well, how about if it comes nicely sliced from the deli labeled as ‘brawn’? Still not convinced? Personally, I love it and it seems appropriate, given the other definitions of brawn (1. Solid and well-developed muscles, especially of the arms and legs. 2. Muscular strength and power…) and the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup today in New Zealand; that I enjoy a few slices of this old-fashioned savoury concoction for breakfast. I don’t give a sow’s ear for sport, but it would be very festive if our boys do well over there.

And while I am about it, I may as well have myself a little feast  and indulge in a dollop of taramasalata too, pig heads, fish eggs … different strokes for different folks, eh?

5 things I like to eat that the rest of the household won’t even look at:



Chicken livers

Lamb’s kidneys


Now I am off for my morning walk, a dress fitting and then lunch with the gals.

Happy Friday, friends.

Taste every fruit of every tree in the garden at least once. It is an insult to creation not to experience it fully. Temperance is wickedness. Stephen Fry


78 Comments Add yours

  1. nrhatch says:

    Count me in with the rest of your household. 😆

    Have a FUN lunch!

    1. theonlycin says:

      More for me to gobble 🙂

  2. I just love all those goodies on your list …… off to walk too angel. Have the best of days angel xxxx jan

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy it my darling 🙂

  3. SidevieW says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I prefer my fish eggs recognisable!

    enjoy your lunch, have a sip of wine for me

  4. dearrosie says:

    Nope. I can’t imagine even taking the teeniest of bites.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, I expect many similar responses 😀

  5. dinahmow says:

    Quite a few things I don’t care for, but Stephen Fry is absolutely right. In fact, I need to write out that quote. It will go nicely with my “a little hedonism is healthy.” Thanks! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome 🙂

  6. Sparkle says:

    I eat small pieces of pig and cow’s legs cooked in salted water and paprika.otherwise the jellied version does not sound well to me, hehe!
    Have a lovely day Cin 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too Sparky, enjoy your weekend xxx

  7. Count Nicholas Czardas says:

    I’m with thehousehold on Rollmops, but cannot believe they do not eat one of the great staples of life, chicken livers. Well, perhaps not one of the staples of life, but a very good starter at a pub or restaurant in the peri-peri form.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Indeed, it is one of my favourites 🙂

  8. Tandy says:

    I will join you with the taramasalata! Have a super Friday 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, special friend 🙂 xxx

  9. Leeswammes says:

    Dodgy, these food items, Cindy! 🙂

    Have a great Friday.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL, dodgy to some, judith. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  10. slpmartin says:

    Just back from dining out and a wonderful jazz performance in town…so I’m open to a number of things (probably due to that last glass of wine)…but pig heads and fish eggs …I’m afraid I’ll need more information before testing those waters. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe Charlie, sleep tight 🙂

  11. You and I could hang out together, Cindy, as they’re all items I’d eat that the tribe won’t touch. Taramasalata…please stand back and give me a spoon.. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      We’d have our own private party, celia 😀

  12. sonsothunder says:

    Oh Girl…it sounds delicious…well at least the Chicken livers did… I bought chicken livers a few weeks ago to prepare a home cooked version of my fiancee’s favorite fast food take out from “Bojangles” ( Dirty Rice )
    Problem is…I told her what element I added to make it “Dirty Rice” Chicken Livers of course…Head Cheese, or whatever ya’ll call it over there …well, actually, that’s what they call it here too.. but their are different variations of it.. Granny made “Sauce Meat” here in North Carolina, ( which I didn’t eat ) where as Virginia, one state above us customarily makes, and eat a lot of what they call “Scrapple” …it all looks like pig fat and particles to me… But, hey, Gotta eat…
    God Bless You

    1. theonlycin says:

      I first ate it in Germany, where it is quite popular and people vie with one another to see whose recipe is best. Enjoy your weekend Paul.

  13. souldipper says:

    Finally – I don’t have to go to bed salivating. You said, “I don’t give a sow’s ear …” I suspect you like those too, dear Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve never eaten one, Amy, will keep you posted ;p

  14. Naomi says:

    Have a ball today, Cindy 😀 You can keep all those odd “delicacies”, but I second that about the Bokke – bring home the ears, guys!

    1. theonlycin says:

      We can only hope, Naomi 🙂

  15. Strange how we all have our limitations with food.
    What a fun Friday you have planned. Enjoy.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Mandy, I will, you too 🙂

  16. granny1947 says:

    Good Morning Love…I made brawn once…cut up the pig’s head with my eyes closed…I believe it was good…I never tried it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lucky you didn’t cut your arm off!!! xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      ROTFLMAO … I’ll add Brussels sprouts when you come over 😉

  17. earlybird says:

    It’s called ‘fromage de tête’ here. (Head cheese!) The only thing I couldn’t eat on that list would be lamb’s kidneys…

    Do you have ‘un petit verre de rouge’ (small glass of red wine) with it too? I believe it’s customary. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I have un petit verre de rouge at every opportunity 🙂

      1. earlybird says:

        Excellent. I’m pleased to hear it. 🙂

  18. SuziCate says:

    Pigs heads and fish eggs…sorry too much for my stomach this early in the morning. I must admit it looks much better than it sounds!

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL SuziCate, I am about to have a wee glass of wine, enjoy your morning 🙂

  19. Pig’s head, brawn… No thank you – I don’t care what you call it! haha (It would have to be a blindfolded tasting – ignorance is bliss! haha)

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL imagine if you found you liked it 🙂

      1. Only chance you’ve got is telling me AFTER I’ve admitted that I liked/loved it… 😀 If I didn’t like it you’d have to make something up… I would if I was you anyway… 😀 😀

      2. theonlycin says:

        You’re very sweet 🙂

  20. You on a roll with blogs about nasty foodstuffs at the moment?? Crab sticks, brawn, fish eggs? Have a great weekend, Cin 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Haha, the brawn and tarama were divine 🙂 Enjoy your weekend too 🙂

  21. adeeyoyo says:

    I agree with the brawn (homemade), sheep’s kidneys and chicken livers (although I’ve gone off them for the past year or so). Cindy, if you’re not careful you will start speaking a foreign eastern language soon…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bwahahahaha … you made me laugh, adee 🙂

  22. Pseu says:

    I too like things the others won’t touch..
    my list is

    1.Soft fish roe (I like it rolled in flour and fried, then served on toast)
    2. Liver… pigs or lambs… or chicken
    3. Grapefruit.
    4. Aniseed
    5. Licorice

    1. theonlycin says:

      I like them too, will join you any day, Pseu 🙂

      1. Pseu says:

        Let’s make a meal of it…

        Starter : soft roe, floured and fried, served with lemon juice and plenty of black pepper.

        Main: Liver with onions in dark thick gravy with creamy mashed potatoes, (may I introdue celariac here too, as they don’t like that either?) and runner beans sliced thinly.

        Dessert: Grilled grapefruit with brown sugar and a spoonful of Greek yoghurt

        Party bag: Licorice allsorts 🙂

      2. theonlycin says:

        Oh yes, Pseu, let’s, what a feast. 🙂

  23. gospelwriter says:

    Always did like a nice tasty little show of brawn. 😉 And, Temperance is wickedness? – hehe, new words to live by…

  24. ceciliag says:

    Oh rollmops, such a cute little name..i haven’t seen those in years! and your head stuff looks um.. well .. hmm.. very nice dear!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m grinning, Ceciia 🙂

  25. Aw, Cindy, first day of me trying to be good after Summer excess and I read this. I’m off to the larder.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe, enjoy, Kate 🙂

  26. bluebee says:

    You and Masterchef Man would get along splendidly sharing all those ‘things’ on your list – tara is the only item I would even contemplate 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe Masterchef Man is a man of taste 😉

  27. nursemyra says:

    I love all pig parts. Especially crackling and cheeks

    1. theonlycin says:

      Crispy roasted cheeks, oooh yummy 🙂

  28. eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew gross. not even going to scroll up and look at whatever pics might be there. sorry. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      ROTFLMAO, you coward you 😉

  29. johnlmalone says:

    I’m afraid I’m with the household on those food items, Cindy but what a great quote from Stephen Fry!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Isn’t it just the best creed to live by, John?

  30. Steffi says:

    I hope you enjoyed your lunch,Cin!Have a nice weekend and sorry…I am so busy at the moment.

    1. theonlycin says:

      No worries, Steffi, busy is a good thing 🙂

  31. colonialist says:

    Brawn, like haggis, is one of the things I enjoy if I don’t concern myself with what it really is or what it comes from.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ve not yet been brave enough for haggis, Col 🙂

  32. Sally says:

    There are many, many things that my household won’t eat and I adore. Anchovies, chicken livers (actually any liver), oysters, avocado, pork crackling….and yes taramasalata. Jellified things are about the only stuff that makes me a little less gung-ho so brawn is not on my wish list.

    Loved this post.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I don’t know ANYONE who doesn’t like pork carckling (except my vegetarian friends)!

  33. Spectra says:

    Don’t agree with the quote “temperence is wickedness”. He sounds like a guy who made his way to Hollywood and then used whatever show business creds he had at the time to stick his d*** into whatever was warm and wriggled, further lending to our national moral debt. Hollywood is over rated, and we should never have made them our demi-Gods, and begun taking advice from short-dikt wiggers with no taste, class or morals. They now design our lives, where the church used to be our guiding force.

    That said, I am certain eating this aforementioned food wil not rot your soul

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha … fair comment, Spectra 😉

  34. The Hook says:

    I think you’ve made a believer out of me!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Enjoy the new tastes 🙂

  35. The only things from an animal that I don’t eat are things that are too rubbery to chew, such as thick veins or dense connective tissue, things that are too crunchy, such as cartilage, or thick globs of fat. I eat any muscle or skin, moderate sized fat, and I love organs, especially livers and hearts. 🙂

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