Buffalo Steak?

It’s said the earliest Americans, the Native Americans, ate buffalo, more correctly bison.  Then there came such a “run” on buffalo that they became nearly extinct, and later Americans had to direct their eating largely to cattle (beef), swine (pork), chicken, sheep (mutton if not lamb) and certain fish. After a lifetime of eating pieces of pig, cow, chicken parts, etc., yours truly one day noted some restaurant advertising for buffalo (no longer near extinct).  Visions of big hairy strange-looking creatures materialized. 

The buffalo was passed up.  Although the restaurant was a bit out of the way, buffalo would have been a “no” even if the place were next door. The notion of “extinct” remained even if that was not the case, the animal didn’t look tasty and, most important, what really sank in was that it was “strange” food.  And, it isn’t as if there had never been strange food on the table – indeed, one day while out a friend ran into a bear, killed it and it was eaten.  It seems there’s a limit to how much or what strange food is acceptable. 

These days there’s stuff out there that is well beyond what might be called “staples” – some form of beef, some potatoes, maybe a hunk of head lettuce and canned peaches for dessert. As example, there’s tofu, yogurt, kiwi fruit….  There’s developed variations of old foods, imports from far away places, assorted grasses and so forth. Some have been tried. Kiwi fruit is good. Yogurt’s okay.  Like buffalo steak, tofu has been skipped, but because it doesn’t sound good.   They’re such a norm, someone created fake blueberries. 

For a long life, eat as the Armenians do? 

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4 responses to “Buffalo Steak?

  1. My mood dictates whether or not I eat strange food. These days I play it safe, but I have eaten snail (just one: too chewy!), rabbit, goat, kangaroo, and yes, buffalo. Tofu takes on the flavor of the food around it (sauces and spices), so it can be quite good, but the texture might throw some people off, as it is fairly unique.

    If you get a chance, try Greek yogurt, especially honey flavor.

    • Hi!

      Thanks for the comment. I took a look at your site and it looks good.

      Our local supermarket does carry Greek things; but, I can’t check it out this week as there no trip in the plans for this week. I might even see about tofu someday.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Carolyn

  2. Barbara Clough aka AmberANN

    Many years ago I tried Kangaroo Tail soup..yes you guessed it tasted exactly like Ox tail soup..I for one am used to eating what I consider normal..as per ones upbringing I suppose..however the French like Horse and some far Eastern people like dog…and some people baulk at the thought of eating pig….each to there own I suppose…ps should imagine Bison to be strong like venison..

    • Hello, Ann!

      As usual, it’s nice to see you here.

      Well, I didn’t know the French fancied horse. It’s true, I guess, you learn something new every day.

      As for the pig, it’s a good thing I didn’t grow up with one of those religious prohbitions about pigs. I love most any kind of pork. I think that’s partly heritage, too; but, I never really investigated the matter.

      They say pork “stays with you longer,” meaning you don’t get hungry again as quickly.

      Carolyn

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