Requiem for Baa-Baa

Off the keyboard of RE

Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666
Friend us on Facebook

Published on the Doomstead Diner on January 11, 2015

The Life Story of Baa-Baa, a Baby Lamb from Oz

I was born in Oz in 2014.  My mom named me Baa-Baa.

One of the Humans came and took me away from Mom a few days later.

Another Human sent me to the Great Beyond later that day.

RE found some of my Ribs at Three Bears Food Warehouse in Alaska a little while later.  I don’t know how long it took to make it across the Pacific Ocean in the Container Ship, because I was already dead.  My ribs were worth $11.37 in FRNs when they got to Alaska though!  I was honored to be worth so much!


After a few days in the General Electric Freezer in RE’s New Digs, in the New Year of 2015 RE cooked my Ribs in the Countertop Electric Toaster Oven made by Black & Decker and they came out like this.

I can tell the short story of my life now because part of me is now a part of RE.  It was a great life and I am the first Baby Lamb Blogger now!

Discuss this article at the Diner Pantry inside the Diner

Back when I was a boy shortly after we returned from Brasil and Mom & Me started doing the cooking instead of the hired help from the Favelas we had to do these tasks there, I settled on a couple of cuts of meat which were my favorites. Steaks in those days, it was T-Bones.  A nice thick cut, preferably cooked on the outdoor Hibachi BBQ I used for all my grilling in those days, but I was OK with it cooked in the Broiler of the oven too. Hibachi was a little Cast Iron charcoal job which I used for probably a decade of time, and I liked it better than the typical round charcoal grills of the era because it had a little window/slot which let you control to an extent how much air the charcoal got for burning, plus it had 4 levels you could set the grilling grates on, controlling the amount of heat sizzling your meat.  It looked pretty much precisely like the one at right.

On that little Hibachi I BBQed regularly, besides the steaks I often cooked up chicken wings, which I usually left marinating in BBQ sauce overnight in the fridge.  Wings are of course just loaded with fat so they are real juicy and tasty coming off the BBQ.  My mom loved those wings.

For indoor cooking in the Broiler though, my absolute favorite was what mom called “Baby Lamb Chops”.  This is kind of redundant, because  Lamb is by definition a juvenile, its a Baby Sheep.  What the Baby Lamb Chops I liked really were was Rib Chops, and when mom periodically would screw up while shopping she would buy Shoulder Chops, which were OK but just not as tasty and fat laden as the Rib Chops.  Came in cheaper also, so on bargain eating days, the shoulder chops showed up.  Interestingly in those days on the supermarket shelves you never saw Lamb Loin Chops, which seem to be the most often dropped in the meat freezers in the last few years in most Amerikan communities I have lived in. you do find the Ribs, it usually comes as a Rack of Lamb, not as individually pre-cut Chops.  I occassionally will buy a Rack Of Lamb, and I experiment with some of the multitude of recipes you find on the net for cooking them also, but probably because of the nostalgia aspect, I still like the individual chops cut up and then just dropped under the broiler.  No spices, no BBQ sauce, no charcoal flavoring from the grill, just the baby lamb chop.

So anyhow, shopping at 3 Bears meat department back in the last days of 2014, there was a package of Baby Lamb Chops straight from Australia on the shelf, the package you see at the top of the page.  Not cheap at $12.99/lb, but not horrifically expensive by today’s meat price standards, where a Prime Beef T-Bone goes for $23.99/lb sometimes.  I still often find my current favorite beef cut of Ribeyes coming in at $7.99/lb, so the lamb chop price falls in as an intermediate, and I get two meals out of it because again by tradition, one meal always had 3 Baby Lamb Chops on my plate.  Since they appear so rarely in the meat fridge these days, I probably only cook them up maybe 4 times a year the most, so it even can fit inside the SNAP Card food budget, though I finished that experiment a month ago or so.  I’m back to buying whatever food looks good at whatever price now, while I can get it.

 Anyhow, one thing I never really did as a boy was consider where a Baby Lamb Chop came from, thus the reason for the cute little lamb pic at the top of the page.  Being brought up as a city boy far from the farms and ranches where these animals are raised, I didn’t give much thought to the fact such cute little animals were being butchered so I could drop them easily under the broiler. realization did finally come to me one day in ordering a Tongue Sandwich at the Deli, and for the first time I saw the WHOLE TONGUE, as opposed to just the slices that were in the package from the Deli, or in the Deli Sandwich I ate at one of NY Shity’s fine Jewish Delicatessens of the era.  The Stage Delicatessen, Ratner’s, Carnegie Deli and many more smaller less well known ones that were as good or better out in Brooklyn and Queens. realization finally hit me, somebody actually CUT THE TONGUE out of a cow, and I WAS EATING IT!  I was thoroughly grossed out, and stopped eating tongue.  For about two months maybe.

It dawned on me at this point that all the rest of the meat I was eating came from various parts of butchered animals, and I really LIKED Tongue sandwiches, on nice Fresh Rye Bread with the Jewish Mustard on it.  So I got over the shock of seeing that whole tongue sitting there in the Deli counter display, and actually evaluated what part of the tongue was best, which is the thick part at the back.  So I would only buy tongue if it was being sliced from that part.

Since leaving NY Shity, I haven’t found a single Deli in any of the numerous places I lived since then that has a Tongue in the display case or makes Tongue Sandwiches.  This generally was not a Successful Meat far as the Amerikan Palate was concerned nationally.  The only place I have seen Tongue is in the Freezer area of some of the larger Food Emporiums, where you can also find the other internal organs of the slaughtered cows, like Brains, Livers, Hearts, Pancreas etc.  Typical Amerikans don’t buy these parts much, generally only Immigrants from other countries who grew up with these parts as part of a monthly meal choice after slaughtering an animal buy them.

I have toyed with the idea of buying one of these Frozen Tongues, Boiling it up to then slice up and make my own Tongue Sandwich,  but that is a lot of tongue and not entirely sure of the preparation to make it taste like the Tongue I remember from the Jewish Delis of NY Shity.  So I have never done that to date.

Eventually I grasped here that Baby Lamb Chops really did come from Baby Lambs, and found out also that Veal which I really liked as Veal Parmigiana, another one of the regular Meat dishes mom served up, and that Veal was actually from Baby Cows, and the reason the meat was light pink to white was because the baby cows were starved of milk, which is a rather rough way to be born into and then quickly be dispatched from the world of the living.  Did I stop eating Veal because of this?  No again. the years since I have learned about the absolutely horrific conditions that industrial raised animals from Chicken to Pigs to Cows live in, how they get injected with hormones to make them grow faster and antibiotics to keep them all from passing diseases to one another in the crowded feed lots.  Once again though, despite the knowledge of this, I don’t stop eating meat.  Why not?

Basically for the same reason I don’t stop driving a car, which is what would it really accomplish if I did that besides making my life a lot more difficult to manage in industrial society, and in the case of food eliminate from my diet foods I ENJOY EATING?  My stopping driving or becoming a Vegan would not do a damn thing really, in fact even millions of Vegans don’t make any real difference here, the system goes on until it won’t anymore, at which point just about everyone is going to find meat to be a pretty tough thing to put on the plate every day.

Now, generally speaking I find game meat which we can still hunt down here in Alaska to be a little bit tastier, and on a psychological level it’s nice to know that at least until it got shot, a Moose was able to live and roam free in the Wilderness.  However, with the exception of some really god-awful GMO raised chickens I have tasted over the last couple of years, overall the difference between game meat and the industrial ag ranch raised version wasn’t that great overall, and for the most part for most of my life that was all that was available in the way of meat to eat anyhow. as the animals here are concerned, they live in horrific conditions, but then again so do many people these days.  in some respects, these animals are treated even BETTER than people, they at least get some medical care to keep from getting sick and they get fed every day. They get dispatched to the Great Beyond fairly rapidly, they don’t linger on in Nursing Homes with Bed Sores all over their decaying corporeal shell.   You can’t say the same thing for millions of people living in 3rd World poverty right now.

When Homo Sap got started on domesticating Crops and Animals for food 10,000 years ago or more, it’s doubtful that anyone considered the long term consequences of this, it simply seemed like a more efficient way of getting food on the table.  Nor do I think for the most part Homo Sap has ever been bothered by moral qualms with killing animals for food, we evolved as omnivores and eat whatever we can get our hands on.  That is one survival trait that made the species as successful as it was in terms of multiplying up.

Now, in 20-20 Hindsight Vision you can see all the problems that resulted from this, desertification, topsoil depletion and food products that get increasingly more unhealthy by the day, even if you do still have money to buy them.

Over time to come here, this methodology will of necessity disappear, and if Homo Sap is to survive, we will have to grow our food in a way that does not so destroy the environment we grow it in.  That is the next great challenge ahead, and it remains unclear as to whether we will be able to pull that off.


7 Responses to Requiem for Baa-Baa

  • Mister Roboto says:

    Actually, at the grocery store where I work, they do often sell beef heart, liver, and kidneys.

    I tend to think that veganism, or at least the form of it most commonly practiced in the FSA, is a dietary lifestyle that’s not very healthy for the human brain.

  • RE says:

    You can get all those internal organs, as well as Tongues in the Freezer at Fred Meyer (a Kroger affiliate) here as well. Not in the regular meat area though, and few people buy them. No prepared Tongue in the Deli area.

    I understand why Vegans make the choice they do, but everything dies and everything gets eaten by something as long as the ecosystem functions anyhow.

    Baa-Baa tasted very good. When I die, I will taste good for some other creature. So it goes.


  • Musashi says:

    Ya know, over in Japan grilled beef tongue is almost a delicacy. Developed a taste for it, I did. You should add it to the SNAP card gourmet recipe book. Thinly sliced and fried with a little light vegetable oil in a skillet, like bacon. You can’t do this on the barby, though, as it sticks to the grill and tears. Serve immediately with a squirt of lemon, sprinkle of salt.

  • SomeoneInAsia says:

    There have been at least a few civilizations that have been able to keep going for millennia by domesticating crops and animals for food. Ancient Egypt and premodern China come to mind. Clearly this way of running things (domesticating crops and animals for food) need not have always led to desertification, topsoil depletion etc; it depends on how it’s done. You can’t implicate all of humanity on the basis of the errors committed by a certain civilization originating in the Western parts of the Eurasian continent.

    As for saying that ‘everything dies and everything gets eaten by something as long as the ecosystem functions anyhow’, fine, so are we going to say cannibalism is morally acceptable? Hey, it could help cull the human population, couldn’t it? 😕

  • RE says:

  • Pingback: Cheap Cuts | Doomstead Diner

  • That you are so nice! I merely love locating wonderful along with imaginative freebies similar to this. That they definitely lighten up the morning, appreciate it!

Knarf plays the Doomer Blues

Support the Diner
Search the Diner
Surveys & Podcasts


Renewable Energy


" As a daily reader of all of the doomsday blogs, e.g. the Diner, Nature Bats Last, Zerohedge, Scribbler, etc… I must say that I most look forward to your “off the microphone” rants. Your analysis, insights, and conclusions are always logical, well supported, and clearly articulated – a trifecta not frequently achieved."- Joe D
Global Diners

View Full Diner Stats

Global Population Stats

Enter a Country Name for full Population & Demographic Statistics

Lake Mead Watch


Inside the Diner

Just a few years ago, there was a debate about which fueling technology would win long term: all-electric vehicles or hydrogen-powered vehicles. That debate appears to be over.The final holdouts were Japanese automakers Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda, who...

The funny thing about making progress at my own website is that it makes me come to the Diner more.Having this channel open is nice because I learned something very bad yesterday.I took Mrs. Dog to Target and tried to log onto ...

Quote from: K-Dog on Today at 10:21:28 AMThe last line in the last email I ever got from Dmitry is seared in my brain.QuoteWe will never meet.  I don't have to be nice to you.Seriously.Yup, that is...

Can you win the BIG PRIZE the Diner is offering up in this video?  An All Expense Paid R/T Ticket to Alaska to visit with RE and check out the Last Great Frontier.RE[embed=1000,750]

Quote from: RE on Today at 04:41:59 AMQuote from: AJ on Today at 03:26:16 AMThanks K-dog,This guy was a real find. I couldn't agree more about JMG. I will have to see if he has written/...

Recent Facebook Posts

No recent Facebook posts to show

Diner Twitter feed

Knarf’s Knewz

FHT   Fetal Heart TonesMedical » Physiology        [...]

Quote from: knarf on February 21, 2020, 01:26:28 P [...]

Thousands of Iraqi Kurds Saturday rallied against [...]

But the presidential candidate doesn’t seem to hav [...]

Diner Newz Feeds
  • Surly
  • Agelbert
  • Knarf
  • Golden Oxen
  • Frostbite Falls

Quote from: K-Dog on February 20, 2020, 06:13:45 P [...]

The photograph is real an... [...]

The Doomstead Diner Daily will be on hiatus until [...]

Doomstead Diner Daily February 21The Diner Daily i [...]

Quote from: Eddie on February 20, 2020, 05:53:43 P [...]

Quote from: UnhingedBecauseLucid on March 18, 2019 [...]

CleanTechnicaSupport CleanTechnica’s work via dona [...]

QuoteThe FACT that the current incredibly STUPID e [...]

FHT   Fetal Heart TonesMedical » Physiology        [...]

Quote from: knarf on February 21, 2020, 01:26:28 P [...]

Thousands of Iraqi Kurds Saturday rallied against [...]

But the presidential candidate doesn’t seem to hav [...]

Scientists have unlocked the power of gold atoms b [...]

Quote from: azozeo on August 14, 2019, 10:41:33 AM [...]

Wisconsin Bill Would Remove Barrier to Using Gold, [...]

Under extreme conditions, gold rearranges its atom [...]

The cost of gold futures on the Comex exchange inc [...]

Time to add my share of Carbon to the atmosphere!I [...]

Quote from: Nearingsfault on January 28, 2020, 08: [...]

Quote from: RE on January 28, 2020, 08:29:30 AMQuo [...]

Quote from: Nearingsfault on January 28, 2020, 08: [...]

Alternate Perspectives
  • Two Ice Floes
  • Jumping Jack Flash
  • From Filmers to Farmers

Lies, Damn Lies and Coronavirus Statistics By Cognitive Dissonance     “Never believe anything in po [...]

The Decline and Fall of Civil Society Chapter One By Cognitive Dissonance     From my perspective at [...]

Missing In Action By Cognitive Dissonance     As a very young pup, whenever I was overdue and not ho [...]

Politicians’ Privilege By Cognitive Dissonance     Imagine for a moment you work for a small or medi [...]

Shaking the August Stick By Cognitive Dissonance     Sometime towards the end of the third or fourth [...]

Event Update For 2020-02-21 [...]

Event Update For 2020-02-20 [...]

Event Update For 2020-02-19 [...]

Event Update For 2020-02-18 [...]

Event Update For 2020-02-17 [...]

With fusion energy perpetually 20 years away we now also perpetually have [fill in the blank] years [...]

My mea culpa for having inadvertently neglected FF2F for so long, and an update on the upcoming post [...]

NYC plans to undertake the swindle of the civilisation by suing the companies that have enabled it t [...]

MbS, the personification of the age-old pre-revolutionary scenario in which an expiring regime attem [...]

Daily Doom Photo


  • Peak Surfer
  • SUN
  • Transition Voice

Can An Ocean Get the Blues?"The decision by many nations and cities to push for carbon neutrality by 2050 or earlier will [...]

Floating Cities, Microbubbles and the Blue Acceleration"The human footprint is very large and there is little that has not felt its weight. "We t [...]

"The scale is building. Three point five percent is 260 million of us."Turns out McKibben [...]

"This is the second of a two-part look at the changes happening to our world that are far out o [...]

"Which would we rather — more electric cars or more octopuses? What do we do when reversing cli [...]

The folks at Windward have been doing great work at living sustainably for many years now.  Part of [...]

 The Daily SUN☼ Building a Better Tomorrow by Sustaining Universal Needs April 3, 2017 Powering Down [...]

Off the keyboard of Bob Montgomery Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666 Friend us on Facebook Publishe [...]

Visit SUN on Facebook Here [...]

What extinction crisis? Believe it or not, there are still climate science deniers out there. And th [...]

My new book, Abolish Oil Now, will talk about why the climate movement has failed and what we can do [...]

A new climate protest movement out of the UK has taken Europe by storm and made governments sit down [...]

The success of Apollo 11 flipped the American public from skeptics to fans. The climate movement nee [...]

Today's movement to abolish fossil fuels can learn from two different paths that the British an [...]

Top Commentariats
  • Our Finite World
  • Economic Undertow

In reply to Herbie R Ficklestein. like I said, he avoided death via the coronavirus... ;-) [...]

In reply to Xabier. Xabier, FBI bureaucrats, like all others, hardly ever do what is useful: they do [...]

In reply to Gail Tverberg. I suspect the idea that it's only a great threat to East Asians will [...]

In reply to Chrome Mags. "Evolution is smarter than you are", Leslie Orgel. We are the lar [...]

That is ... a good series. Covers a lot of different kinds of ground. Thanks! [...]

Whatever happened to Rosie Scenario when we need her? Moonlighting at the Department of Easy Solutio [...]

Everyone please relax. The oilmen and traders of Reddit have it all under control. There is no probl [...]

"Poverty is considered a money issue rather than a ‘values’ issue, so we have no civilization w [...]

Yes, my point is that at most we can make an individual response. There isn't going to be a sys [...]

RE Economics

Going Cashless

Off the keyboard of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Simplifying the Final Countdown

Off the keyboard of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Bond Market Collapse and the Banning of Cash

Off the microphone of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Do Central Bankers Recognize there is NO GROWTH?

Discuss this article @ the ECONOMICS TABLE inside the...

Singularity of the Dollar

Off the Keyboard of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Kurrency Kollapse: To Print or Not To Print?

Off the microphone of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...


Off the microphone of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Of Heat Sinks & Debt Sinks: A Thermodynamic View of Money

Off the keyboard of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Merry Doomy Christmas

Off the keyboard of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Peak Customers: The Final Liquidation Sale

Off the keyboard of RE Follow us on Twitter @doomstead666...

Collapse Fiction
Useful Links
Technical Journals
Follow on our