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Coney Island is goat-related

It is never going to be the new trendy place to live. it is too far from Manhattan. Commute is unappealing. And so it has been, and remains a backwater for renters, a place to go for a summer day, but inconvenient to live in. So the rents are low. In Sunset Park the street language was Spanish. Here it is Russian.  Lots of people from the Caribbean too.

So the grocery store reflects that. Thus the goat meat, which is no longer going to have to be a sometimes treat. Every time I go remind me that they have a deal on 20 lb bags of rice. I barely have room in the kitchen for my own two feet! If I got a 20 lb bag of rice I would have nowhere to store it, and it would get damp and go bad before I used it all.

But husband saw something in the medicine aisle that I have only read about. They had mutton tallow there, as a salve! Very AOS. And we have a Kipling quote to go with it:

'And if your heels are blistered,
And they feels to hurt like hell,
Just drop some tallow in your socks,
And that'll make them well.

I use Bag Balm.Another goat thing. We started out in 1978, putting it on goat udders. (A goat with mastitis is not what you want at all!) Then we began using it ourselves. After my mom died I snagged her last container from her nightstand. My brother would have pitched it. Now you can buy it on Amazon. I wonder if they sell tallow.

Also, is tallow the same as slush? I bet Nodbear knows. In my stories Horatio and Archie use nard for things that need enhanced sliding. This is because I met that word in Crystal Cave when I was 9, and loved the sound of it. But you know, at sea they may actually have used slush for their.. masts. Archie, as we know, is friends with the cook.


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Aug. 3rd, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hubby goes to a Greek store on the edges of Boston and finds some interesting items like that. Or you can go to "Chinatown" (no official 'on the map' area, but a well known area of downtown all the same)where you can buy chicken feet or strange roots and such.

The Colonials knew all about tallow, saving animal fat all year to boil it down (outdoors!!Horrid smell!!)to make tallow candles.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
My mom made soap at home that way, with saved fat, and store-bought paraffin, and ashes from our fireplace, and store-bought lye. I doubt you can find lye or paraffin in the A and P now. She also bought some sort of dust you can throw in your fire to make the flames turn pretty colors. God knows what that actually was! One year we made candles too, out of bayberry. You start with the wicks, hanging from a stick, and dip them over and over into the hot wax. Long job.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
I have never eaten goat. How does it compare to mutton?

is tallow the same as slush
I think slush is nautical tallow! I believe slush refers to left over fat from a ship's galley.
Aug. 3rd, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
Goat tastes a lot like mutton. This that I got this time was very mild and soft in flavor. I think it may actually be kid. Most of what is sold around here is called 'lamb' but is actually mutton.

As far as slush goes-- I doubt the extra calories did any of them harm! I think many of the guys ate it when they could.

Is that why extra money is called a 'slush fund?'
Aug. 4th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
Is that why extra money is called a 'slush fund?'

I had to look this up as I had no idea, you're right though! According to the Online Etymology Dictionary:

"Slush fund is first attested 1839, from an earlier sense of slush "refuse fat" (1756); the money from the sale of a ship's slush was distributed among the officers, which was the original sense of the phrase. The extended meaning "money collected for bribes and to buy influence" is first recorded 1874, no doubt with suggestions of "greasing" palms."

So now we know!
Aug. 11th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
that's kind of fascinating, don't you tell it's not trendy, Coney island still sounds fascinating and exotic to me :)
I do know russians like it pure and organic, but mutton tallow on a grocery store? Whaat?
Only thing I can associate with tallow are candles. Or earwax (if it makes sense, tallow and wax can most cases be used as synonyms in Finnish)
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