October 18, 2020 11:02am CST
I was inspired by one of the myLotters - By Lena Kovadlo @lovebuglena - about the beef-tongue recipe that compelled me to write about one of the bizarre dishes I ever had. I was in Nigeria for a few months on one assignment. Nigeria is a beef lover, and I am a cow-worshipper. Hence, eating beef (and pork) was out of the question!!! I was in search of seafood (only fish), chicken, and lamb. One of my Nigerian colleagues - Ayeini, my branch finance manager - took me to one local restaurant that served Goat/Lamb! I was happy! I was anticipating some chops or lamb leg sticks. He wanted to surprise me with their best dish for 'White-Men' as they mention us in their country. In a mud pot, it was a goat head cooked in a stew with their peri-peri. OMG! what is this? It was full of goat-head 'parts' with a very little stew (gravy) filled up to its brim! I tasted the stew, and believe me, it was delicious! There were two white-colored white spheres with some black coloring on it. There were two such spheres. I asked Ayeni(my colleague's name) 'What is this'? He said that this is a Nigerian Delicacy offered only to the Big People! (BTW I am not at all Big) Those were the whole eye-balls! There were two ears, one tongue, side bones, etc. etc. etc.. With a big smile, I told him that I never tried (and cannot even think of eating it) and asked him to share it. He excitedly ate both the eyeballs in front of me!!!! Please do not take this 'discussions' as an offensive against anyone who likes to eat these dishes. Even I have tasted some part of it so do not misunderstand me!!!!
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