From Tripe to Sushi

I have always said and still maintain that I have quite an adventurous palette when it comes to trying new foods and flavours – I do however have to draw the line at tripe!  This seems to be a common thread in the family except for my dad who has loved tripe and onions and curried tripe since he was a young boy.  A couple of years ago Pete (such a brave husband) said that he would be willing to give it a try if my dad cooked it.  All was going well until dad was banished to cooking his tripe outside (it really does leave your home smelling quite horrible) plus I made the mistake of telling Pete what I thought it smelt like whilst cooking (sorry can’t share that here), which put Pete right off having his first taste of tripe – they talk enough tripe when they are together though to make up for it. 😉

Melody's Tripe and Onions - not sure even my real camera could make this look tasty

Fast forward a couple of years and my cousins MIL said that she would prepare some tripe for my dad as a birthday treat.  Melody was kind enough to prepare enough tripe and onions for a family of 20!  Dad enjoyed 2 healthy portions for his lunch while most of the family just quietly sat and watched.  Pete dished up a morsel onto a side plate and said that he enjoyed the flavour but thought the texture was going to take some getting used to.  My mom was equally as brave and said that she would also have a taste (maybe not the best idea) and said that it was the flavour that was a problem for her and not the texture.  Me, I still remain unchanged on my decision to taste tripe and don’t feel in anyway deprived by my adamant decision.  I just cannot do it!  I sit here with gritted teeth at the mere thought.

Dad is in his element with quite a few frozen tripe portions ready to be reheated whenever he feels like it.

My cousin Renee ended our ordeal (for us not dad) and became a hero to us all, by bringing sushi for birthday dinner starters.  Delicious!

Now this is more like it! No matter the camera, this is scrumptious.

Do you enjoy tripe or do you sit on the same side of the fence as me?  If you are on my dad’s side of the fence, I am sure Melody would be more than willing to share her recipe, let me know and I will get it from her to share with you.

40 thoughts on “From Tripe to Sushi

  1. Hm… I’m not a big fan of tripe, but I’m always curious how it’s made, so please share the recipe! =) Is that California roll (the rectangular one) cut in half? How come it looks like sandwich (do you know what I mean?)

    • I will gladly get the recipe and share it with you Nami – I will post it just as soon as I have received it. I think they call them sandwiches, not too sure – either way, they are heavenly! Have a super weekend. 🙂

  2. Among the blogs I love to read, This is the 3rd tripe-related post in a week. Unbelievably, mine is a 4th! When it was said that all great minds think alike, do you think “they” ever imagined that shared thought would be tripe? Oh, well. I would join your Father and give it a try, Mandy, and I certainly wouldn’t pass that tray of sushi without grabbing a few pieces, as well. 🙂

  3. Wow the sushi looks really nice and delicious. And I completely understand, there are some things I just will not try. And no amount of money or family will make me try it lol. Have a great weekend

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    • Hi Ronnie, welcome and thanks for stopping by. I have seen the Unplugged Questionnaire doing the rounds. I thank you for inviting me. I will do the “necessary” as soon as I can. Thank you again and have a great weekend. 🙂

  5. It’s possible I will try tripe at some point, but if I never do I won’t cry about it! That sushi is a work of art and makes me want to just dive into it…did your cousin make that herself???? I wish I could get sushi locally that looks that pretty!

    • Hi Norma, welcome and thanks for stopping by. I see my side of the fence is definitely heavier than the “willing-to-try” side! I am sure I could survive on a diet of mainly sushi! Have a super day. 🙂

  6. I think tripe is one of those things that you either love or hate. And yes, it’s very difficult to photograph and make look inviting – but you did a great job! Fantastic for your dad that he has an on-going supply!

  7. I think I like being on the fence or standing as far away as possible from the Tripe dish is my stance on this. Living here in Asia every day is like being on the fear factor food episode. Sushi on the other hand, especially from Japan, I love it!! Take Care, BAM

  8. I will admit to having a bit of a squeamish tummy when it comes to animal foods that I haven’t fully resolved yet so i’m not entirely sure tripe would be for me but love folks who are open to all sorts of experiences – I’m not quite that evolved yet ;).

  9. Darn it Mandy! You have now made me need sushi this week. LOL. It doesn’t take much to make me crave it though. I just love it. 🙂 As for tripe…I’ve never had it or smelled it. I’d be open to trying it though. Now, I have to go back up and look at that platter again. YUM!

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