Thursday, April 20, 2006

Fromage de tête

Definition of headcheese: Not a cheese at all, but a sausage made from the meaty bits of the head of a calf or pig (sometimes a sheep or cow) that are seasoned, combined with a gelatinous meat broth and cooked in a mold. When cool, the sausage is unmolded and thinly sliced. It's usually eaten at room temperature."

"First, clean the pig’s head. With the help of a saw and hatchet or cleaver, open the head and remove all passages into the head, nose, ears, etc. It is very unpleasant to run into a stray tooth or long, stiff hair. Be thorough!"
--Recipe for Headcheese from
I would not eat a head of pig
That is something I would not dig.
I would not like them with a long, stiff hair
I would not like them anywhere.

Not the head of a calf, nor a sheep or cow
No way, no how, not even a sow
I would not eat a head of pig
I would not like it, it's not my gig.

Could you? Would you? Try a head of goat?
Could you? Would you? Start to bloat?
Could you? Would you? Eat the brain?
Could you? Would you? Be insane?

Not a head of goat. I don't want to bloat.
No way a brain. I'm not insane.
Not a calf, sheep or cow.
And no way a sow!

Not from a mold. Not room temperature or cold.
Not even if it's free. You let me be!
No lips, no spleens, no ears or teeth!
It makes me sick and that's my beef!

I will not eat a head of pig!
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