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Donner Kebab - what meat is it?

Old 22nd Apr 2022, 12:18
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Similar to sausages, you probably don't want to enquire too closely as to what's actually in them. If the contents bother you, similar dishes are usually available which use cubes of proper meat cooked on skewers instead of a lump of unidentifiable material rotating vertically in front of a grill. Earlier this month I enjoyed a Turkish shish kebab made with proper Australian lamb, this was about 30% more expensive than the donner version which was also on the menu. Quality wise it's was like comparing beef burgers to rump steak.
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 14:48
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Originally Posted by krismiler View Post
Similar to sausages, you probably don't want to enquire too closely as to what's actually in them. If the contents bother you, similar dishes are usually available which use cubes of proper meat cooked on skewers instead of a lump of unidentifiable material rotating vertically in front of a grill. Earlier this month I enjoyed a Turkish shish kebab made with proper Australian lamb, this was about 30% more expensive than the donner version which was also on the menu. Quality wise it's was like comparing beef burgers to rump steak.
Although to be fair, some of the premium burgers now available in the likes of M&S (which includes marrow fat to ensure the burger is not dry) are pretty good. Even Aldi sell a Wagu beef burger !
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 16:36
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Originally Posted by Sue Vêtements View Post
Jesus God! You actually EAT those things ????!!?!!!?????!?!!?!!!!?
If you are in any Mediterranean city, it's a must. For me lamb is best, with lots of chili.
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 16:57
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Originally Posted by Ninthace View Post
I was at a party with the kids and let slip I had never had one of these culinary enigmas. They decided it was an omission that had to be rectified and it was kebabs all round. I ate it to be polite but they are on my "don't eat it again" list along with jellied eels. In fact of the two, I would rather go for the eels.
Shurely not ! given your background and also association with RAF gliding clubs, this has to be a first ! ......although I admit, never something that even my jaded palate would tolerate. Jellied eels ?...nope, once tried, never, ever, again.
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 17:36
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Originally Posted by Wetstart Dryrun View Post
Isn't Donner a reindeer?
No that's Olive from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...

"Olive, the other reindeer, used to laugh and call him names".




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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 21:49
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A mince of beef and lamb, and halal gammon
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 22:12
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I always thought it was something you got on the way home from a night on the tiles and were too p*ssed to care.
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 22:12
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[QUOTESimilar to sausages, you probably don't want to enquire too closely as to what's actually in them.][/QUOTE]
My wife's grandfather was a butcher. He would never eat sausages.
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 22:14
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Similar to sausages, you probably don't want to enquire too closely as to what's actually in them.
My wife's grandfather was a butcher. He never ate suasages - he did know what was in them.
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Old 22nd Apr 2022, 23:37
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What was the name of the supermarket that had been putting horse meat in their pies for years ?
Sweeney Todd’s pies were sold out most days as they had lots of meat in them and were cheap
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 00:20
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Meat pies also have different quality levels, top tier will normally have identifiable chunks of meat with a nice gravy but as you go down in price the size of the pieces in the filling get smaller and smaller until the consistency of a thick paste is reached.

As a rule of thumb for meat products, the finer the grind the lower the quality of the ingredients. This bottoms out at hot dog sausages which are a pulverised and dyed combination of many different meats which barely escaped being graded for pet food.

One supermarket chain came out shining from the horse meat scandal a few years ago, Waitrose were able to trace back the origin of everything they sold and could prove their products weren't affected.
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 01:18
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I empathize completely with your distaste for jellied eel, Ninthace and Krystal and chips! Decades ago, when I was living on an island off the coast off the U.S. state of Georgia, I was introduced to a genuine British Baroness. To say she was lovely was a complete understatement; she also spoke in the softest, classiest Hyde Park accent. It was love at first sight, if unilaterally. Theresa Diana Victoria was visiting her cousins, Valerie and Maynard, who, being taken directly from the cast of Keeping Up Appearances, had opened an English Pub called the Horses Head (they said 'orses 'ead) on the island. To my surprise, Theresa asked me to join her for tea one afternoon. I agreed, stipulating that I could substitute Tanqueray martinis for Earl Grey.

We had a window table. I was hanging on her every word as I gazed somewhat fixedly on her symmetrical and generous cleavage. "Ed-wahd", she intoned in her mellifluous voice, "I believe you should try one of our favorite appetizers: jellied eel." I like jelly, I am a fan of seafood, and I was well into my second martini, so we placed an order.

Minutes later, a plate of freshly caught and surgically sectioned teleost astride crushed ice and some urine-colored quivering jello-looking matter was placed before us. Uncharacteristic of her lady-like behavior, my dear Baroness grabbed a fork, stabbed a large bite of the mystery meat, thrust it into her beautiful mouth decorated with just-so teeth, and began masticating in earnest. She mumbled a message garbled by chunks of eel (ugh!): "Go on, Ed-wahd! Have a bite!" So I did.

You know that horrible feeling when you take a bite of something terrible in taste and texture and the more you chew, the bigger it gets? I felt as if I had a mouthful of putrefying hippopotamus. I was fighting my primordial gag reflex when the gorgeous Theresa said demurely: "You know, Ed-wahd, the jelly is made from the intestinal contents of the eel." That did it! I have scrubbed in on post-mortems and field dressed deer, but klaxons were going of throughout my entire alimentary canal, screaming - Do Not SWALLOW!

I leapt up from the table and sprinted for the gents room, knocking over a table and three chairs in my losing race with the demon reverse peristalsis. I forearmed the door open, scared the hell out of a guy at the urinal with my monster face and horrid gurgling noises, and made it to the toilet just in time to spew a bite of jellied eel, two martinis, and a rather substantial breakfast at super high pressure into the bowl. The guy at the urinal said: "Are you alright?" in a quavering tone which seemed to indicate that he thought I had expired. I managed a weak reply in the affirmative as he vacated the premises. I looked in the mirror; I was green. I adjusted my tie, exited the toxic Superfund cleanup site, and rejoined the Baroness.

"You know", she said, "jellied eel is rather an acquired taste." I was going to reply "No $hit, Bistoink!", but thought better of it. She ordered some Scotch eggs which I enjoyed even though my left anterior descending coronary artery will never be the same.

Some may ask if I had success in the fulfillment of my romantic inclination to intermingle American middle class with British nobility. I shall say only this: Theresa found out that all eels don't come on a plate. I have felt a necrophiliac ever since, though I do recall with great fondness her beauty and accent.

- Ed
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 02:05
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Eels were the only form of fish which could survive in the highly polluted Thames river back in the old days of London.

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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 02:21
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 03:03
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Originally Posted by fitliker View Post
What was the name of the supermarket that had been putting horse meat in their pies for years ?
Sweeney Todd’s pies were sold out most days as they had lots of meat in them and were cheap
It was Tesco...proving their strapline "every little helps " was actually correct.

However, for more interesting content, look no further than "The League of Gentlemen " and the, ahem, "specials "
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 06:13
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I've only had kebab in Istanbul about 40 years ago, rather nice. Sausages and burgers, classified from shite to delicacies.
Of all the things I've been presented on a plate during my travels, the only dish that I have politely rejected would be eel. Smoked, fresh or otherwise. Evil stuff.
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 06:22
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I worked on Lowestoft fish market as a trainee auctioneer when I left school. The filleters used to chuck all the guts etc into the dock. As a sideline they used to fish for eels. Some of them were a good metre long and weighed 3-4kg. They were not worth much in those days. I understand that smoked eel is now regarded as a delicacy. On the OP many years ago I sold a car to a kebab shop proprietor and delivered it to him in Wisbech.

They were preparing the Doner it was all lamb chops that were as near as I could make out virtually 100% fat. Probably not chops, rather off cuts. I have only ever eaten one on one occasion. I don't intend to repeat my order.
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 06:31
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Originally Posted by krismiler View Post
Eels were the only form of fish which could survive in the highly polluted Thames river back in the old days of London.

https://youtu.be/ogfyJICT9aI
A very interesting an informative video. The pies look quite tasty. He's quite a craftsman and a better presenter that Greg bleddy Wallace!
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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 07:15
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Originally Posted by oxenos View Post
[QUOTE[color=#000000]Similar to sausages, you probably don't want to enquire too closely as to what's actually in them.]
My wife's grandfather was a butcher. He would never eat sausages.[/QUOTE]

Here's a culinary horror show. Once viewed, never eaten again..




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Old 23rd Apr 2022, 07:35
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I was trying to rack my brain to remember when I last had a doner kebab although given they are normally eaten after a skinful it's impossible to be sure. I think it must be about 45 years . Even before I was aware of the intrcacies of food hygeine I instinctively moved towards eating Shish kebab or Kofta which were freshly cooked on a hot grill.
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