“I saw goats. A party can’t be all bad when you have goats,” Lucy said.”

This morning it rained me. When I went to get the papers, it started to rain. It stopped just as I got inside the house. That sounds deliberate to me. I needed comfort so I finished the rest of my lemon meringue pie. A small bit of lemon was the last of it. I grabbed a fork and ate to the end.

All my doors and windows are open to the air. It is now only 64˚ but it will get to 74˚ by the end of the day. The sky will stay cloudy and we’ll have a few showers. I’ll have to remember to stay inside when it rains.

A sure sign of the end of summer is tonight: my last play. It is Deathtrap, and the play got a good review in the Cape Times.

My freezer is filled so it is time to do some cooking, maybe some barbecuing. I remember my father at the hibachi. He’d sit in the backyard manning the grill and would enjoy a few drinks while he was cooking. I was sometimes his bartender. My mother meanwhile was busy in the kitchen making the sides. I helped where I could. I was her sous chef. My father always cooked the meat exactly right. This time in the summer we had corn and tomatoes, those sweet tomatoes right from the garden.

I ate goat in Ghana. It was a bit fatty and bony but it tasted just fine. Goats and sheep wander all over Ghana. On the hottest days they sleep under trucks in the shade. At night I was amazed to see them sleeping along the roadside and in the middle of the road. I never saw one get hit. I had goat here once at a Caribbean restaurant in Falmouth which is now closed. That goat was delicious, not bony or fatty. I wouldn’t serve goat to my friends. I doubt they’d even try it. I suspect they’d think it disgusting. The first time I had it I didn’t even know it was goat. That was during training at my Ghanaian family’s house. After I found out, I didn’t really care. Curried goat is my favorite.

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6 Comments on ““I saw goats. A party can’t be all bad when you have goats,” Lucy said.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    iWindy and rainy big parts of the day here but the sun broke through and it became rather nice. Now clouds reign the sky again. A heat wave will arrive and last for at least ten days they say, I’m not sure I like that to be honest 🙂 🙂

    Goat is very hard to find here unless one know someone who has goats. I have eaten it though and as You say it is delicious. I’ve heard that the thing is to never let the fur hit the meat when slaughtering the animal, if it does it will taste much like they smell 🙂 🙂
    Anything is yummy with curry to be honest 🙂

    Well BBQ ing was never a big thing in my family but the side dishes were important because they saved lots of failed grilling to be honest 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The clouds never left, and its has been chilly all day. It is also dark. The next few days are supposed to be nice and much less humid. I have all my windows opened still.

      I haven’t looked or goat here, but there is a place on line where you can buy any kind of meat. I got Guinea fowl there when I was making a Ghanaian dinner. I bet they also have goat.

      I do love curry. I make a great curry chicken.

      My mother made stuff like potato salad and peppers and onions, one of my favorites.

      Have a great evening!

  2. hedley Says:

    Curried Goat ? ….Go to your room Kat

    During our trip to London, the issue of Black Pudding came up at breakfast. With some trepidation, the Prince and I decided to try it, Mrs MDH was not a participant.

    Me and him tasted, gurgled and agreed that it was disgusting.

    Our summer is not quite done, next Thursday brings the Walter Becker-less Steely Dan to Meadowbrook. I like Donald Fagan so I am quite happy to go. We follow it up on the 14th with Berlin, OMD and the B52s. The B52s were one of the first dates for Mrs MDH and I seeing them at the Grand Circus Theater in Detroit in April 1982. Perhaps most memorable was that the balcony was literally moving up and down as the audience danced and we later discovered that the theater was not licensed for live music. Its just three of them now, and they are older – lucky that we are not.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I do enjoy the taste of curry. Curried goat is wonderful, and I make a great curried chicken.

      I give you both credit for tasting black pudding. I wouldn’t go near it. It even looks gross. What I don’t get is your trying the pudding but not the curried goat!!

      You have a wonderful rest of the summer in front of you. You even get to relive memories with Mrs. MDH.

      I’m glad you weren’t a victim of a fallen balcony. It sounds as if that was a possibility. But then again, that doesn’t happen when we are young!

  3. Bob Cohen Says:

    Hi Kat,

    There are several Mexican restaurants that serve ‘Cabrito’, which is baby goat. It’s a northern Mexico dish and the goat is cooked over fire on a spit. The meat is quite good because the Cabrito haven’t eaten any grass and are slaughtered before they are weaned from their mother’s milk similar to veal. Once the goats start eating grass their meat get tough and not very tasty.

    My supervisor has a small ranch south of the DFW area and he was raising fainting goats. They were small, long haired and they would fall over in a faint if they were startled or if a stranger wanted to pet them. Unfortunately, they both died as a result of a genetic issue, He also raises chickens, has a couple of horses and a donkey or a mule. I can’t remember which. He also has a blood hound named Beauregard which both he and the dog have been trained to track people.

    Today is cooler with the temperature on,y at 93 degrees. The end of triple digit temperatures may be over until September when we always get one last shot of heat before winter.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      There are no Mexican restaurants near me though there is a pseudo one in Hyannis, Sam Diegos. There used to be a wonderful one down cape but it closed. I never minded the long trek to get there as the food was so wonderful. I don’t think they offered goat. I think few restaurants would offer it as Americans for the most part don’t eat goat.

      I have seen fainting goats but that was around thirty years ago. A friend of mine’s father raised them. They were cute goats.

      In Ghana I raised chickens. I ate the chickens. I never dispatched them. Someone else did. I didn’t make the mistake of naming them as if they were pets. They were dinner. That’s neat that they were trained to find people.

      It is chilly today with no sun and all day clouds.


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