augury doggerel

Tuesday, December 03, 2002


The pretty girls in the corner have ordered tripe soup. I saw it for a moment steaming on the counter. Now they sip and nibble sticked lips and polished teeth through thin strips of honeycomb, one of the 'miscellaneous variety meats'. They stomach stomach.

One recipe begins: "Thoroughly wash tripe, scald with boiling water, scrub, cut off dark ends, rinse once again, put into boiling water and cook covered for 15 minutes. Drain, put into freshly salted boiling water, cover and cook on a low flame until completely tender (about four hours). Drain, save some stock, cool and cut into thin strips." To which I could add only: see if the cat will eat it.


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