It's a matter of semantics.
I would venture to say that a majority of my friends and acquaintances would not know what they were eating if served mutton, venison, or squab......or things we have to further euphemize by using French terms like lapin or cheval or completely unrelated English phrases like "mountain oysters."
Mountain oysters- what on earth are those?
On second thoughts, do I really want to know?
Ha. I was afraid it would be something like that...
Yes, in a curry, it is hard to make out. However, here you get both mutton and lamb separately. I can however distinguish mutton from its fibrous feel. Lamb in my opinion is softer. And I like mutton better; stewed with tomatoes, potatoes, ginger, garlic, and cumin, turmeric and black pepper powder.
The shop we go to sells them separately. Mutton is cheaper.
Mmmm....you're making me hungry.....
Since I have to try everything, I shall have to hunt up some "sheep", maybe at the local pushcart market where there is a butcher shop below stairs. They sell goat meat there, so perhaps there is mutton, too. If I find it I will try it your way. I love lamb, but it has become too expensive for my fixed income. Maybe "sheep" is a good alternative....
Thanks for the tip!
The flavour's certainly as good- if not better.
I wonder what goat tastes like? Now that's something I've never seen for sale in a British shop.
We eat both goat and mutton in Spain. Young goat is very tasty and tender and does not have that "sheep smell" associated with mutton. It's flavour is hard to define. I love it, carnivore that I am. Unfortunately, goat is hard to find at market and has become mostly a restaurant or rural village dish.
I don't believe the English have ever really eaten goat. I suppose it's not a native animal.
Those who eat goat meat claim it has much in common with lamb...Mostly Muslims buy it at the pushcart market.
I must look for it. We have plenty of Muslim shops.
I stay away from meat in general, as I'm a vegetarian/vegan. I think you're absolutely correct in regards to inconsistencies, though, as far as what's on the market and what isn't.
I used to be a vegetarian. I switched (about a year ago) for health reasons. I still have a fairly limited appetite for meat.
Mutton stew is very popular in central and northern Spain although it is euphemistically called lamb stew for the tourists, you understand.
I think the British prejudice against mutton is ridiculous. I intend to eat it a whole lot more.
Mutton was on the menu at the George in Bridport from around 1986 until 1999 or so - it disappeared when John the chef retired and the George changed hands.
There was a story in the news here yesterday about how widespread passing off mutton as lamb is among Australian meat suppliers. Apparently they cut the sheep's head off early in the process and then nobody involved further along the line can tell for sure.
I'm not in the least bit surprised.
And if the consumer can't tell the difference where's the harm?