This is probably what in New Zealand they call hogget - a kind of teenage lamb. It's a very cheap cut of meat, for the reasons I expect you've discovered. I've just finished a meal cooked by my husband and I'm not going to be cruel and tell you what it was. But it was delish.
Is that a stray carrot I see before me? And why are there three different colours of peas? Is it down to the subtle lighting techniques you use or are some more boiled to death than others? Gill
Hi TM,the soup looks like springtime soup to me: wild garlic, chives and so on boiled in salted milk water and some semolina to thicken it. A bit strange because it is autumn.Main: This piece of meat seems to have been stewed with potato slices and soup vegetables (carrots, celery, leek, onion, garlic, parsley root), but I think there weren't too many vegetables put into the stew. I recognize the peas.Hope you still have something nice left in your bedside cupboard!Barbara
It's Lamb Hotpot... apparently.
Yeah, well - hogget hotpot - it doesn't sound too good does it?
Nah, Barbara, that's custard with mould growing in it masquerading as soup.This explains the absence of dessert...Mel
Doesn't look like a lot of meat from whatever dubious origin.
I've seen more meat in a muffin.
Is it me or are the meals getting worse?
They're getting worse. I believe it's what's known as Albanian hospitality. In Albania it is rude not to offer shelter, food and drink to friends and strangers alike. However, if after three days your guests show no signs of moving on, you downgrade the food and hospitality to encourage them to take their leave. I have been here seven weeks. I suppose I'm lucky to be getting anything!
Well, that explains it! Wonder if you will get any panini this week coming or whether you really have outstayed your welcome?
I suspect that Joan Collins, should you develop cannibal tendencies, would probably be more tender and tasty than what ever the hell that things is on your plate.I made my own soup from the roast chicken carcass we'd had the day before... cream of lemon soup, a few chopped chives on top, homemade bread.... we forced it down....
So what the hell is that big lump? How confusing
That big lump is mashed potato.
here's an idea ..a Masterchef programme only for hospital cooks...the winner is the person who can produce the tastiest dish using only peas and custard and their prize is a six month hospital stay in traction. They get no lifeline, no friends to bring them cream cheese and smoked salmon bagels - they have to eat their way through the hospital menu.Hang in there TM - remember the bagels!CheersMich
Mashed potato with a potato-topped hotpot - sheer brilliance!
Ah! So now we know where old sheep go when they are retired.