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How many ways are there to cook sheep?

Category: Artic Living | Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:11 am

Why would I want to cook sheep, or lamb for that matter. Bear with me on this. You'll find out in a few minutes. So lets start out with the question. Just how many ways are there to cook sheep?

We can start out basic and go gourmet. Okay we can boil it. Boring! But its a start. Then we can roast it, saute it, underground roasting, on a spit, in a pan, in a pot, sushi maybe? Nahhhh! Okay there is basically alot of way to cook sheep. Now why do I want to do this.

I have my fields over at Selnes. Veggies planted, of all kinds, in a field of such rich, nutrient happy land that just begs a person to stick a seed or seedling in it to grow. No one lives at Selnes, but it is used. Not good enough for Norwegian folks. Guess I better start at the beginning huh.

This winter past the sheep farmer who lives across the fjord from us, wanted more land to let his sheep feed and roam. Everyone went to the community meeting to vote on this. All the other people who live on that side of the fjord (not many belive me, its on the beast mountain side, you know avalanche territory) voted yes, as long as the sheep farmer fenced in the areas of land the sheep would roam. The catch. The good folks of that side of the fjord had to give up a section of their own personal land to do this or they would have to pay out of their own pocket to fence in all of their own land. The sheep farmer is evil,, plain and simple. He offered to pay for it all if they gave up some of their land. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!! Why not vote no, then the sheep farmer would have to just be happy with what he already had,,,,A WHOLE FREAKEN MOUNTAIN!!! Now with Selnes, because no one lives there he was going to fence in from the road and to the next neighbors land. What does that mean. All of Selnes would be open to the sheep, and they could not wonder to the sea is all. The house, the land, my farming, all for the sheep. Uncle who was given a time frame for a decision, let it lapse. He knew what he was doing, and didn't bother to tell us. I tilled, I manured, I worked over there. Its all gone. The sheep have eaten everything that has come up. Trampled all the work, and land is a mess. Thats the place where I got the biggest juiciest blueberries, tyttebær, cloudberries the size of a large grape. Not to mention a lot of the wild herbs. The reddest rhubarb you have ever seen. The elephant style garlic from just a little version of garlic. Everything grew double it was supposed to. Its all gone.

So getting back to how DO we cook sheep and lamb. I'm thinking on an open spit, invite all the good neighbors from across the fjord, expecially the sheep farmer, and just have one hell of a big party. Shoot I even have the homemade wine for it. Compliments of Selnes.

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gardenmama wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:21 am:

Sorry for your loss. That farmer is rude and definately EVIL.
Lam is very good slow roasted on a grill with roasted root veggies...If it were me I would be heading to the farmer and demanding he pay me for my loss.


Biita wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:41 am:

I wish I could do that, but it was voted on, and that is that.

As far as Uncle is concerned for letting it go and not telling us, even while he knew what we was doing, well lets say he is terriefied of me right now. He won't come near me, because when he does, all i can do is growl at him...

But thank you,,,lol,, it will be fine i just had to get it out is all. At least i still have potatoes, herbs and strawberries here at this farm, and at my friends farm she used all the plants i had left.. and has offered to split it all with me,, but who knows,,,,,


toni wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:58 pm:

Oh, Man..Uncle certainly should be afraid of you right now.

A big sheep and wine party sounds like a good plan.


gardengater wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:07 pm:

Actually, I'd send the sheep home and roast the farmer on a spit!! How can one be so greedy? I can't help feeling that those who only live for themselves will pay their dues later on. Please enjoy your potatoes and homemade wine with your neighbor.



kuntrygal wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:00 pm:

Sorry for your loss and all your hard work ... but Biita you just crack me up with your writing!


Droopy wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:25 pm:

Oh, dear, one mean man and lots of people trying to be friendly and helpful, and you get to pay the price. It's downright infuriating. Besides, I thought the rules were such that the one with the animals had to pay for the fencing and get it done. Law stands above local votes, please check it out, won't you.


Biita wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:55 pm:

He did pay for all the fencing, but some way he was able to rip everyone off.. totally! He even fenced in Selnes, and put up a gate. Do i have to tell everyone who leaves the gate open everytime she goes to cry there,,lol. When he did all this i have no idea, but just a month ago i worked there, and there was nothing. I had been back a few times since. the last time i was there was a week ago,, and dang. ohh well.

Good thing i believe in Karma! KB is doing alot of checking and such, but that is going to wait,, i'm going a way for a few days...


eileen wrote on Sun Jun 29, 2008 11:24 pm:

Oh Biita that is soul destroying!!! All that hard work and all those lost resources. That farmer would never have gotten away with what he's doing if he lived here in Scotland - no matter which way people voted. I would never have given away any of my land to him no matter what he wanted. I don't blame you for needing to get away for a few days after that!!


glendann wrote on Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:10 am:

I think gardengater has the perfect idea Biita.Such a waste.


Palm Tree wrote on Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:12 am:

What a mean man
He is just greedy and evil and has no sense of community or even about being a good neighbour. All you hard work brought to naught. Dang. I would probably feel very depressed after such an experience.


catspower wrote on Fri Jul 11, 2008 8:17 pm:

I know how upset you must be. Anyone would be. I know how everyone says, "what comes around, goes around", BUT, I think you should live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shutters and says "Oh crap, She's Awake!" But, thats just my opinion.

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