–from Raymond Priestley’s account, published as “Antarctic Adventure”–
“Thus it will be seen that both penguin and seal supply a certain number of changes if they are used judiciously, but the principal luxury we obtained from this source still remains to be named: seal’s brain. It was Abbott’s idea. Curiously enough Antarctic expeditions had never used seal’s brain as an article of diet before; at any rate they have never recorded it as being used.
“On May 17, following a suggestion from Abbott that seal’s brain ought to be as good as sheep’s brain, I walked down to the icefoot and with my ice-axe I cut the top off the head of one of the butchered seals. I then chipped out the frozen brain with a chisel, collected the fragments in a tin, and carried them up to the cooks. They were thrown into the hoosh as they were and allowed to heat up with it.
“The result was a revelation to us, and if I ever go South again I think seal’s brain will be come a regular item on the menu.”