Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fussy Eaters

One of Wosog's favourite TV programmes is "I'm a Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here!". For those not familiar with it, the idea of the programme is that a small number of so-called celebrities are placed in jungle conditions in Australia for around 2 weeks. The objective is to see how they respond to the privations of jungle life, including the consumption of various bizarre foods. These include things like kangaroo testicles as well as live insects and grubs. As you can imagine, many of the people prepared to endure this treatment are not individuals whose careers are heading for the stratosphere. A lot of them are folk who you have almost forgotten about, like ex-stars of soap operas etc. I wouldn't say I am a fussy eater but the texture of certain things definitely "turns my stomach". I can't imagine ever being desperate enough that I would consider consuming a live widgety grub on or off TV!

The video above was found on a site called Uglyfood.com, which, sadly, doesn't seem to have been updated since October last year. Although I've tasted frog's legs---and they do taste like chicken---the idea of eating a still-beating raw frog's heart fills me with revulsion! Without Uglyfood.com I wouldn't know about Vietnamese duck blood soup or boiled duck embryo from Cambodia.

But, then again, maybe I'd be better off not knowing!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Big Mac, Anyone?

I see from this article that the US Department of Agriculture is going to recall 143 million pounds of beef "processed" by a slaughterhouse accused of mistreating animals. That amounts to 2 hamburgers for every man, woman and child in the USA! When I read this, I was starting to get a bit giddy trying to get my head around how much meat this slaughterhouse must produce in a year, but it seems the recall dates back to February 2006. It appears that "the great majority" of the meat has probably been eaten already. It's unclear from the article whether all the meat was distributed within the USA

It seems that in January, the Humane Society of the United States accused Hallmark/Westland of abusing "downed" cattle, releasing video that showed workers kicking cows, jabbing them near their eyes, ramming them with a forklift and shooting high-intensity water up their noses in an effort to force them to their feet for slaughter. Cattle that have lost the ability to walk are not supposed to enter the food chain unless they have been examined to rule out chronic illnesses.

All this reminded me of a post I wrote a long time ago about Kentucky Fried Chicken. I'm proud to say I haven't had a carry out from them since.

I'm not so proud to admit that I'm still a carnivore and telling myself that the animals "don't feel a thing".

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Tampering With Nature

This picture from my good friend The Rocketeer on Flickr illustrates one of my pet hates. I'm not a vegetarian, although I do like some vegetarian dishes. I'm really a bit of a hypocrite, because if I had to kill the animal myself in order to eat it I probably couldn't bring myself to do it. When the meat comes to me nicely packaged on my supermarket shelf I don't have the same problem.

I don't mind other people being vegetarian, but what I do object to are vegetarian dishes that should really be meat dishes, but the meat has been substituted. Quorn sausages and "vegetarian chilli con carne" (sic) fall into this category, but I only found out today that one of Scotland's national dishes has been "vegefied". Vegetarian haggis: what is that all about? If these people really want meat, why don't they have the guts (if you pardon the expression) to admit it?

There! I feel so much better for having got that off my chest!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Is It Kosher?


Regular readers (You Know Who You Are) will be aware of the fact that I'm not a religious sort of guy. It may surprise you, therefore, to discover that one of my best friends is a religious education teacher, and another converted to Judaism and moved to Israel. The second friend was in Glasgow a few months ago, and Wosog and I met up with him one evening. It was interesting to hear his point of view on the Palestinian situation, and to learn a bit about what his life in Israel was like. When I heard we were to meet in Glasgow, I immediately suggested that we went for a curry: only to be reminded that curries weren't Kosher!

At Easter we were in Rome and our hotel was near the Jewish Ghetto. When we're on holiday, partly out of laziness, if we find a restaurant that we really like we tend to go there several times. This time it was the Trattoria da Giggetto, which was a Kosher restaurant. The food was excellent, but I would never have know it was Kosher and the staff had no way of knowing if we were Jewish or not!

The basic details of Kosher food are given here, and I must say it all seems a bit complicated to me! I suppose if you live in a country where everyone is supposed to be eating only Kosher food it's a lot easier. I really don't think I could follow a religion that dominated my life to the extent of telling me how my food should be prepared, and what I was allowed to eat.

On a lighter note, have a look at Kosher.com (now that URL must have cost a pound or two!). I'm not sure what the food's like, but the animation's a hoot!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Who'd Be A Vegetarian?

My partner in the practice, Dr Death, is a vegetarian. Vegetarians are often the subject of cruel carnivore jokes about them "being as weak as water", "not living longer but just feeling as if they do", etc., etc. For the record, Dr Death is much stronger than I am, and has climbed mountains around the world, including The Eiger.

I like meat, always have done, but if I had to slaughter the animals in order to eat them I think I'd quickly become a vegetarian myself. Most carnivores rarely consider the fact that animals have to be killed in order to produce the pristine, sanitised packages that fill the refrigereated cabinets of our supermarkets. Those that do think about the subject somehow rationalise it by saying that these animals only exist because they were created for food production: as if this makes their lives less valuable!

So-called humane slaughter is bad enough, but needless cruelty towards the animals concerned just to allow multi-national fast food chains to make even more dollars is totally unacceptable. This video clip (via A Girl With A [Dot] Com) about Kentucky Fried Chicken's abysmal animal rights record is truly sickening. I'll never eat another KFC "Bargain Bucket" again!

Makes you think doesn't it? Can you be sure that the animal that provided your meal tonight "didn't feel a thing"?