These are not for everyone. Judging by the reactions of the members of this family only one in seven people find the idea of eating lambs brains tenable. And even amongst us who love to eat them, I think there’s a real drop off in numbers of those who are prepared to make the dish.
At one point, as I pulled membranes off the brains, Grandma was talking to me and I had to ask her to repeat everything she’d said in the last minute because I realized the only recognizable thought which had been rattling around the inside of my skull was eeeeeeewwwwwwww.
Only one of my kids was prepared to help us cook this dish – Miss4 – and even she had second thoughts midway because she was offended by the smell of boiled brains.
Still, for those of us who were ‘fortunate’ enough to grow up eating lambs brains, it’s all worth it. They’re delicious in gravy, white sauce or even just as a snack. I know my brother requests this dish when he passes through town (because his wife won’t have a bar of them). Once you acquire the taste it stays with you.
I just have serious doubts my kids will give themselves the opportunity to acquire the taste.
You will need:
6 sets of lambs brains
couple pinches of salt
some parsley stalks
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1/2 cup plain flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
100 grams butter
STEP ONE: Place brains in a bowl and cover with cold water. Let stand for 1 hour and then drain.
STEP TWO: Cut brains in half and remove the stems, membranes and any yucky stuff.
STEP THREE: Place brains, salt, parsley, lemon juice and peppercorns in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for four minutes.
STEP FOUR: Drain brains and allow to cool so easier handled. Meanwhile, mix grated Parmesan and breadcrumbs.
STEP FIVE: Dust brains in flour, then dip in egg and, finally, coat in breadcrumb mix.
STEP SIX: Melt butter in a fry pan and start cooking the brains over a medium heat, a few at a time, turning regularly so as not to burn.
STEP SEVEN: Tell the kids what you’ve made: watch them run away: eat them all yourself.
Raising a family on little more than laughs