The first problem that I ran into was getting the head cut in half, all the recipes I found called for this. When I picked the head up at the market I asked the butcher if he could do it for me. Unfortunately their saw was not sharp enough to split a skull. The head was frozen so it took a day and a half to defrost. Finally we were ready to roast.
It was pretty easy to get out of the skull, and once it was boiled the skin just peeled right off. Meanwhile, I parboiled the whole head for 10 minutes. I'm not sure why, but I figured I should follow all of the directions.
The recipe called for roasting at 325 degrees for an hour and a half, so I figured I would just flip her over half way through. By this time in the process the kitchen smelled like boiled lamb, deliciousI was a little bit shocked at how the eyeballs had turned bright white, but whatever. The kitchen smelled much better now, like roasting meat. Finally, the hour and a half was up so I took her out.
I like my meat medium rare, but this was a little to pink for me. I put her back in the oven for another 20 minutes, but not before seeing that some of her brains leaked out.
After another round in the oven I was ready to try all the body parts I had heard were delicacies. I wanted to start with the brains, but not enough had leaked out. So after beating the skull several times with a little cast iron pan, I had enough to work with. I spread them on some bread and took a bite. They tasted like warm lamb pudding with a livery aftertaste. Next it was time for an eyeball, I was pretty nervous about this one. I mean, it had been staring at me all afternoon while I was cooking it. It was much harder to get out than I thought it would be.
Now I was just ready to dig in and have some delicious meat. Unfortunately the only meat I found was on the cheeks, other than that it was all either grizzle or fat. So after eating the cheeks, I chopped up the rest and my dog had a feast.
I'm glad I tried this, but more importantly I was glad I did not get food poisoning like last time.
See you next month.