This week’s WordPress topic for the weekly photo challenge is “Lunchtime” and falls under Phoneography; although for those of us still grappling with this genre of photography, i’ve lapsed back to using my DSLR. The three pictures here may well be challenging in a different way. For those of us who are used to pre-packed, ready to go food, getting back to basics can be quite disturbing! Here the women prepare a dish, “Smiley” which is gourmet delight to many. The process is time consuming, and in this first step – singeing the hair, is an unpleasant task. Next the heads are scrubbed, cleaned, and then boiled. The meat is prepared with spices, and i’m told the finished result is absolutely is delicious!
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31 thoughts on “Lunchtime: preparing Smiley”
Something different 😉
Yes, not on everybody’s menu!
Beautiful and real shots. I think it’s important to get up close and personal with your food before it becomes plate-ready. You think about it in a very different way.
…. yes – especially when there’s hunger.
Why the name?
Fairly gory subject – the heads in the fire, teeth ‘smiling’.
It is a tradition eating sheeps heads here too, on the west coast.
Cross cultural similarities are fascinating; cuisines develop with available ingredients?
Ah, roast goat, they are delicious.
Interesting texture, right?
That is the craziest lunch I’ve ever seen. I think I’d rather go hungry than eat goat brain.
Hehe! Right, offal’s not to everyone’s taste! I once had to eat raw turtle’s egg (soft and squishy) – didn;t have an option as the host would have been offended. Culture and sensibilities are an interesting subject 🙂
Wow. I’ll pass. Still I think that if one kills an animal for meat, one should use as much of the body as possible. Most cultures where hunger is an issue find ways to do so. Those are quite amazing photos.
Yes, i have a great admiration for the women in these shots, they ‘process’ the heads as a living… and really one has to have strong lungs/stomach to cope with that hair singeing stage. You’re right where hunger is an issue not a scrap is wasted.
I don’t eat meat but I more problem with the cling wrapped unrecognisable face of it in western supermarkets than I do with Smiley. I’m sure it is tasty and wonder where the rest of it goes, to the wealthy I suppose. A good share Liz!
Yes, i think having to prepare food at this level, would bring more respect towards the eating of the animal.
Hard to view from a vegetarian’s standpoint. My great grandfather adored this dish. I just wince.
Not easy from a vegetarian’s standpoint. I thought about whether i should post the pix or not….. makes one think on different levels.
Oh my, great shots, which is good because I hope it’s as close as I ever get to smiley!
I think I prefer to be more formal and reserved with my food!
I remember seeing a hogs head in my grandfather’s frig. and nearly jumped out of my skin. I admire your up close shots but I’m glad I am viewing it through my screen. Then again if I came across this scene I would be photographing it as well.
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… i must confess to being on the squeamish side of ‘dressing heads’! Thanks for stopping by.