Five Little Piggies and the Butcher

March 23, 2012 By: erik Category: Food, Offspring, Photos, Spain

PigletWhen I lived in the US, I remember meat being something I picked up from the refrigerators of the supermarket, shrink-wrapped between plastic and styrofoam. Then, I started dating and eventually married a slaughterhouse veterinarian, and hung out with a group of Spanish slaughterhouse vets, none of which had even remotely considered the possibility of abstaining from meat, a practice relatively common in my homeland. Every American can name at least one vegetarian friend, and probably a vegan, too. These are, of course, luxuries that our rich country can afford us.

Contrary to life in the US, life in Spain consists of personally knowing your own butcher (mine is my neighbor, Bruno), seeing – and often choosing – the cut of meat that is fed into the meat grinder to produce the exact quantity of ground meat that you desire, or asking your butcher to slice the chicken breast actually off the chicken and then into fillets for you.

Mucho Morro

September 14, 2010 By: erik Category: Food, Funny, Spain, Spanish, Weird

Mucho Morro (crop)Those of you that know me will not be surprised, once I explain what it means, to learn that “¡Tienes mucho morro!” and “¡Tienes un morro que te lo pisas!” were two of the first native Spanish expressions I learned from my later-to-be wife. The word morro literally means “snout”. So the two phrases above translate literally to “You have a lot of snout!” and “You have a snout [so big] that you step on it!” respectively, the latter being a hyperbolical form of the former. She was not actually suggesting that I needed a rhinoplasty. The closest expression in English that I can think to capture its meaning would be, “You’ve got a lot of nerve, buddy!” It’s something to say to someone that is acting like they are entitled to something that they aren’t, or are just being too prideful. It’s what you’d say to a jerk that drives all the way to the end of a lane that is ending and then cuts in front of your car. Anyone that has ever fed farm animals can clearly understand why the Spanish would use the word “a lot of snout” for such an expression.

So anyway, this morning at my local butcher…

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