Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Demon Bum-Tongues of Fleet Street

[Image: Josef Litobarski, 2008, Attribution 3.0 Unported]

Elsje has a new crazy scheme. Her new plan is homemade biltong - which is an Afrikaans meaty snack. Apparently, Afrikaaners go mad for Biltong (Elsje teethed on it as a baby) - but as a recovering vegetarian, it's all a bit new to me.

The Afrikaans word "biltong" comes from the Dutch bil ("rump") and tong ("tongue"). So a rough English translation would be "bum-tongue."

Bum-tongue is a bit like beef jerky - only it's made with vinegar and different spices (such as coriander). It currently lives in a creepy little wooden box next to our sofa, from which an eerie red glow eminates day and night. Opening the door of said little box reveals a row of bum-tongues, lit from below by an electric light to dry them out.

So, last night we were sat watching a move with our little bum-tongues drying in the corner. Unfortunately, the movie we chose was Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd - so whilst Johnny Depp was busy murdering people and cooking them into meat pies, we had to sit next to a box full of bum-tongues.

Not sure if I'll actually try one... I'll let you know.

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