Part of my blogging therapy is coming to terms with my family – both sides of it.
I have shared the parents on the scooter with dog clipped onto the front this week in an attempt to come to terms with my own genetics.
Now I wish to share what the dutch rellies do. My mother-in-law (let’s just call her Oma) turned 50 last August. The Dutchies like to trash the front yard with lewd pics and posters. For real. It’s a quaint little tradition, and they share their joys with the community, such as when the soccer team wins, or a new baby is born. This is what they do when you turn 50!
The meat doll is however the thing I am finding hardest to come to terms with.
When you turn 50, Ladies get a Sara doll, and men get a Abraham doll. The white stuff is not pastry (as I was hoping) but speck (ie pig fat).
Please be understanding of my pain/embarrassment. Any words of support would be well appreciated.
More on meat dolls:
Answers to your follow-up questions –
Question: Can you buy them at the butcher?
Answer: Yes, you can buy the meat dolls at the butcher (and even online).
You unfortunately can’t get them in Australia. I am sure if there is enough demand (which I am positive will be the case) then we can create meat dolls here too.
Question: Why do you give a meat doll?
Answer: I asked my husband this question, and his response indicated to me that he doesn’t see anything unusual about giving a meat doll as a gift. ‘It’s a present’, and also ‘It’s what you give someone when they turn 50’.
Maybe I am missing something here. To him this is perfectly normal behaviour.
Question: What do you do with it?
Answer: You eat it, of course. I hope you even cook it prior (but who can tell with the Dutch).
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And I thought my English parents were a little wierd. Nothing compared to the Dutch!
Do you actually buy these or are they made in the home? What is the reason for a meat doll?…So many questions.
A Dutch colleague gave me an Abraham (happily made of cake rather than meat) for my 50th, and it was a gift that’s been with me ever since. It came in a cardboard box with an attractive slightly stylised pic of the Abraham cake on the lid. I liked it so much I had the lid laminated and then blu-tacked it to the kitchen wall. It’s been there ever since as a sort of cheerful memento mori, reminding me not to waste time because time is passing.
John, it’s an awesome gift that you got (the cake Abraham) and I think your friend must regard your friendship greatly to go to so much effort. I think home made gifts are the best. I suspect the meat doll is the gift you give the person who has received EVERYTHING! I mean, they will never have got one of those before (it’s unlikely). Just imagine fashioning a meat doll, little chops for legs, making the mince face. How much fun would you have?