We’re adventurous eaters who indulge in local foods and markets for fresh items. A trip to the nearest market is always an adventure and, often, an education. At times it’s repelling, as when you can’t see the meat for the flies, making you dream longingly of the gleaming walls of your butcher shop back home. With a lack of fridge space, no freezer, and an aversion to fly-ridden beef, goat, or chicken, I had to find an easy and tasty option. Stranded without fresh meat for months at a time, I had to change my ways or, at the least, alter my recipes, experimenting with ideas gleaned from any recipe requiring ground beef. Slowly and quite unbelievably, my antipathy toward corned beef melted like fat, and new possibilities for preparing long-life foods emerged.