With all of my years of ranching and branding there is something that I have never done. Ok, there are plenty of ranchy-branding things that I haven't done... But there is one that I took pride in not doing until just a few weeks ago. I don't know if I should be proud for what I did, but I did it.
Here is what I did- I ate a nut. Not like a nut nut, but like a calf nut. A lemon peppered, battered, deep fried calf testicle.
Gross, I know.
Like I said, I don't know if I'm proud of myself for doing it, but I did.
My brother-in-law, Cowboy Pete, had some buddies that thought it would be a great idea to fry up some nuts and have a party about it. So all day long, we were collecting nuts as we were branding. He even had his mom bring a tupperware with water that he had in the cooler with the vaccines to keep the nuts clean and cool. He went to some pretty extensive lengths to make sure that everything would be just right for their dinner that night.
So Cowboy Pete gets home, pulls out the nuts and made up his own little recipe for some gourmet fried nuts. All day he kept telling me that he was going to bring them over for me to try and I just laughed him off, so sure that he wasn't going to do it and even if he did cook some, he wouldn't bring them over.
But he did.
He comes over with his buddies and his plate of fried testicles and wafted them in front of my face as if its tantalizing aroma would be something I couldn't resist. He grinned from ear to ear as he was trying to convince me just how good it was and that I HAD to try them.
I waffled back and forth on what I should do. Because really, one bite wouldn't kill me. And if it was nasty, I could just spit it out. But I didn't want to give in to him and justify his claim that his deep fried calf testes were good.
Just then, my husband reached over grabbed one and took a bite. I was super surprised because no one had been goading him to eat one and he JUST DID IT! And he liked it! Or at least I think he did. He at least didn't spit it out, although he didn't have another bite so maybe he didn't like it so much.
After that, I knew I had to do it. If I didn't, I would be the weak one. The one that wasn't brave enough to even eat a little nut. So I took a bite.
I still shudder to think about what I did. I stooped to eating genitalia... Gross. Except, it was good. Or at least not bad. They seasoned them enough that it just tasted like a lemon pepper beef nugget (like chicken nugget, but beef... get it?).
Now I have done it all. And I will likely never do it again. Cowboy Pete did say that no self respecting ranch blogger couldn't call themselves legit without trying a nut at least once. I tried it once, now I'm legit and have great credibility with my people, right?
Let me know if you want Cowboy Pete's Deep Fried Calf Nut recipe ;).