This is a REAL recipe from a Scottish cookbook.
Do you think the parsley actually adds to the appearence of the soup? Does it somehow make it more palatable? I think this recipe belongs in a biology class–not a recipe book.
We had a roommate once who was a massage therapist and collected bones–any bones. Any dead animal he found, he would collect the carcass (no matter what state of decomposition) and bring it home. He used his camping stove (and I’m guessing–his camping pots) to boil the excess skin and tissue off the bones.
One time, he heard there was a beached whale out on the Sonoma Coast somewhere. He and a friend managed to cart off the entire head of the the stinky, decomposing whale. Luckily, he wasn’t living with us by that time. He had his own house and buried the whale head in the ground on that property. Apparently, though, he fell in love with his friend during that particular adventure. I guess for some people, that relationship-defining moment involves looking up, seeing your woman wielding a dagger, chopping vigorously in the general vicinity of the neck of a dead, rancid, beached whale and realizing you want to spend your life with her. I’m sure there must have been a full moon too–lighting up the beach. Nothing like adding a little atmosphere to your romantic realizations.
I must say, though, from her perspective…if you are willing to go anywhere near stinking, rancid whale flesh, you already got it going on.