How to cook a mutton stew

@JudyEv (101025)
Bunbury, Australia
February 12, 2016 4:31am CST
Ingredients One fat pet sheep who doesn't know when he is well off One onion Two potatoes Two carrots One small stone Method Cut up meat and vegetables. Place in a large pot with the stone. Cook until the stone is soft. Strain out the meat and enjoy! You know this is a joke, don't you? When our power went off a day ago, Herc came through the electric fence again. (In a previous post, I told how we had to boot up the electric fence to try to keep Herc in his own paddocks.) It will probably take several 'zaps' now before he realises he can't trust the fence not to be live. Unfortunately we'll also need to remember the fence is live or we'll get zapped too. Now, I need to add some salt to that stew!
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@garymarsh6 (12094)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 16
What? No pepper? You should shout mint sauce at him and he would run like hell!
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• United States
12 Feb 16
Now that was funny Gary @garymarsh6 have a good weekend
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
He'll be mincement when I catch him!
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@Morleyhunt (16688)
• Canada
12 Feb 16
When our kids were young, we raised lambs for the meat. Our first two were appropriately named.....one was called, Lunch and the other Supper. We did not want the children to make pets of the lambs. The next year the children named the two lambs...Salt and Pepper.
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• United States
13 Feb 16
My sister did the same thing with her chickens!
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
My friend had a sheep called Chops. And we raised a calf once and called that Steak.
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@Morleyhunt (16688)
• Canada
14 Feb 16
@JudyEv my cousin and her family had a Pig called Bacon. There are some people who recoiled in horror at what we named our sheep. I told them, I know my meat....intimately. This of course caused even more shudders.....
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@TheHorse (52828)
• Pleasant Hill, California
12 Feb 16
I sensed it was a joke and was reading with a smile on my face. Did you read this recipe to Herc?
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
He is a bit sorry for himself at the moment as he has a sore eye. So I've been kind to him and haven't mentioned cooking pots or stews.
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@TheHorse (52828)
• Pleasant Hill, California
14 Feb 16
@JudyEv Oh, that's good. How did he get a sore eye?
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@TheHorse I don't really know but I've been a bit concerned about him eating into the bale as his topknot fills up with seeds and bits of hay. Perhaps he has got a hay-seed in his eye from eating in this way. We'll bathe it tomorrow and have a good look into his eye.
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@fishtiger58 (30736)
• Momence, Illinois
12 Feb 16
I know it's a joke, but do you like mutton or lamb. I have only smelled it cooking once and it was the most awful smell imaginable. I guess lamb is not for everyone,.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate doesn't like the smell either which surprises me. We lived on mutton and lamb for many years. We rarely have mutton now and lamb is quite expensive but we have it from time to time and enjoy it.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
@fishtiger58 Mutton smells awful, I'm sure if it's cooked properly it would smell good. My mother used to cook it...yuck. My husband is Greek and he cooks lamb like a pro. Absolutely delightful when cooked properly. Most people don't know how to cook it.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate I'm sure the cooking method could make a huge difference.
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@jaboUK (50704)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 16
Yes I knew it was a joke! Poor Herc - I hope he gets used to that fence soon. I remember getting zapped by an electric fence, it's more startling than painful, isn't it?
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• United States
12 Feb 16
I have never gotten zapped by an electric fence cause I don't wish to be jolted into a succumbed ouchie feeling, plus if a sign says "danger fence is activated with electrical current running through it', stay away is my first and usually safest thought . . .
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
It IS more startling than painful but I still really hate getting zapped and do all I can to avoid it.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@enlightenedpsych2 It's not much fun - certainly gives you a jolt.
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• United States
25 Feb 16
gigglin'! poor fella, he jest can't seem to get a break, eh? i went through similar antics when we'd a ewe. she was always into somethin' 'n had lil regard fer hot wire fences :)
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Feb 16
He seems to be staying put now thank goodness.
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• United States
25 Feb 16
@JudyEv that's great news :D 'course, the one we'd'n this place was well trained'n the acts 'f defiance by a shetland pony, lol. if'n that pony could get a nose through anythin', she was gone 'n took whome'er she could with her.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Feb 16
@crazyhorseladycx I think most Shetlands are very cunning - cute but cunning.
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• United States
12 Feb 16
One would have to cook that stew a long time to ensure the stone would get soft. LOL
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
And by that time Herc still wouldn't be tender.
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• United States
14 Feb 16
@JudyEv tough old goat....I mean lamb. LOL
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@TheHorse (52828)
• Pleasant Hill, California
15 Feb 16
@JudyEv Make sure he's calm when you catch him. More tender.
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@RonElFran (901)
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
12 Feb 16
Judy, I'm really concerned. Are you sure that when Herc reads this, he'll be sure it's a joke? Just think of the damage this could do to his psyche!
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@Hatley (159474)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 16
nw that has mademe smle god night lol lol lol
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I'll be damaging more than his psyche if he doesn't learn to stay where he's put!!
@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@Hatley I'm sure Herc has a psyche. There are some great comments here aren't there?
@shshiju (9321)
• Cochin, India
12 Feb 16
Let Herc known about it he will change his naughty behavior.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I shook my finger at him and said if he didn't behave he'd be mincemeat. :)
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@shshiju (9321)
• Cochin, India
15 Feb 16
@JudyEv Oh that's a horrible threat Lol
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Feb 16
@shshiju I don't think he took any notice.
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@PainsOnSlate (19212)
• Canada
12 Feb 16
Thanks for the laugh. What gave it away was the soft stone. Can't stand the smell of mutton cooking so please don't cook him...
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
Do you think lamb has the same smell as mutton? We lived on sheep of some kind for years.
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• Canada
14 Feb 16
@JudyEv we love all things lamb but it has to be young. Mutton is old and tough...had friends over for dinner one afternoon, who grew up on a sheep farm and swore she hated lamb. When she walked into the house she smelled it cooking and asked what it was because it smells so delicious, my husband said roast beast and quickly changed the subject... Later we told her she ate lamb and she didn't believe us... It's all in the cooking...
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
@PainsOnSlate Sometimes the shanks and flaps would be boiled and I didn't like the smell of them cooking. Later shanks became a delicacy and became very pricey whereas we mostly minced them after they were boiled.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
13 Feb 16
He really is a stubborn little thing, isn't he? Although, he is smart for knowing when the electricity is off. I wonder if it puts off some kind of vibes that animals feel when it is on?
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I think he really wanted to come with us and thought he'd chance it. But I have heard of animals seeming to sense when an electric fence is on and when it isn't.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Feb 16
@JudyEv I have heard that before too. Their senses are so much more fine tuned than ours are.
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@GreatMartin (4314)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
13 Feb 16
I am waiting for Herc's revenge--and there will be revenge!
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
He will probably tread on my bare toes - or wipe his dirty nose on my shorts! And please stop giving him ideas about revenge!
@Elizaby (3405)
• Pensacola, Florida
13 Feb 16
Hopefully power interruptions are rare and Herc and be kept in place.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
We should have shut him up while the power was off then this wouldn't have happened.
@BelleStarr (32065)
• Portland, Connecticut
13 Feb 16
lol I gather that sheep are not particularly bright, good thing they are so cute.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
They have a reputation for being stupid but in some ways Herc is quite smart. I think if there is reasonably close proximity and regular interaction with a particular animal they 'learn' more and appear smarter.
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@DeborahDiane (16216)
• Laguna Woods, California
13 Feb 16
Hopefully, Herc will learn his manners soon! I don't think he would like that mutton stew recipe!
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I don't think Vince and I would like the end result either.
@andriaperry (33183)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Feb 16
I knew it was a joke when you said " when the stone was soft."
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I thought about explaining it but decided I didn't need to. :)
@jstory07 (58219)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Feb 16
I hope you enjoy your pretend stew. Add big cuts of potatoes and carrots.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
Shall I keep a serving for you?
@Gillygirl (15290)
• Sutton, England
12 Feb 16
Poor, poor Herc. Lol I thought he was for the cook pot when I started to read this post
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
I would never really eat a pet and certainly not even a sheep as old as Hercules. He'd only be fit for mincemeat.
@bluesa (12847)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
12 Feb 16
@JudyEv , haha, Herc sounds adventurous, an explorer. I hope he will learn not to wander without too many zaps!
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
It's a shame he got through this last time as I think he'll be trying more than once now.
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@AnneEJ (5110)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
12 Feb 16
That is cute. Yes, don't forget the salt.
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@JudyEv (101025)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Feb 16
He has a sore eye today so we're being extra nice to him at the moment.