Knock yourself out
Okay, I couldn’t resist -
And for goodness sake, it’s a joke, so don’t go getting all self-rightous if you happen to be a Vegetarian / Vegan.
Tim, I have serious doubts you will find as many hardliners in vegetarian terms here than, well, elsewhere on the web. When aeons ago my ex-wife became vegan and active in web user groups, she used to receive mails blaming me as Hitler because I, at that time, ate meat regularly.
About the age of 40, my body stopped demanding meat but 0.5 once a year signals me that he needs to stock up on B12. That’s when I find myself in a restaurant with good organic food really enjoying a happily deceased animal. And why I don’t call myself a vegetarian it’s just that I usually don’t eat meat. So let’ em jokes coming! But, even better, the recipes!
Eating veggies is fine. I’m a huge fan of a nice slab of red meat all bloody and juicy and all. Hey, I’m from Chicago where we have some of the best steaks on the planet (although true Kobe beef is pretty danged good - I say “true” because much of what masquerades as Kobe beef these days really isn’t ).
Anyhow, I will say that I used to date a Vegetarian back in college. I recently connected again with her on Facebook and let me tell you what, she looks horrible compared to what she looked like back in 1989. Really, really aged. My wife doesn’t eat a lot of meat but eats some and looks far better at basically the same age (1 year younger).
Still, last summer I ate at my first vegetarian restaurant in Chicago, Karen’s On Green. A good friend of mine has a wife who’s vegetarian and we were all there. Plus it was the only place we could get in on a Saturday night on short notice. Anyhow, the food was absolutely fantastic. The best caramelized brussel sprouts I have ever had. Wonderful ginger carrots. And good beer. I had what was supposed to be like “chicken” Kiev or something like that but it was all soy based. Very good. Just makes me wonder how “processed” it really must be to make soy taste that good. It was a great meal. I’d go there again…
Still, a good steak at Morton’s is hard to beat…
And by the way, I’m a member of PETA - People for the Eating of Tasty Animals
Sorry this is in English measurements…
Roasted Cherry Tomato Pasta:
1 pound of pesticide-free Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced lengthwise (note, there’s no such thing as inorganic tomatoes)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
pinch of salt to taste
1 clove of fresh garlic finally silced
1/2 tsp dried red pepper
Mix olive oil, minced garlic, and pepper into a sauce pan and simmer on medium heat until you can smell the garlic - DO NOT BROWN / CARAMELIZE
While that’s warming, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil
Spread the heated mixture over the foil and add the tomatoes in a single layer
Top with the sliced garlic
Roast / Broil on high until the garlic slices start to brown (5-7 minutes)
While the tomatoes are roasting, prepare farfelle (Barilla no. 65) or rotini pasta to al dente
Drain pasta, split into two large bowls and cover with the roasted tomato mixture
Allow to cool 3-4 minutes and enjoy.
We prefer to pair with a Ruffino Chianti Reserva (or Oro if a special evening)
That’s what I actually had for dinner last night.
You can also add a balsamic drizzled sliced portobello mushroom
BTW - for meat eaters, add grilled, balsamic chicken or garlic shrimp
wonder why? (lol)
As long as its not corn fed … blech !
This is true. I much prefer grass fed beef. Most of the stuff here in the midwest USA is corn fed. Well, let’s put it this way (my brother in law used to own a cattle ranch)… no one feeds cattle corn fed their entire lives. They are all mostly grass fed until a couple weeks before they go to slaughter. Then they corn feed them to fatten them up. Corn feed would cost way too much to feed a bovine that its entire life.
Still I prefer 100% grass fed. I was first exposed to that when I visited Argentina and had steaks down in Buenos Aires. That fat is more gray instead of white and it just has a better taste.
Now true Kobe beef cattle are fed a sake/rice mixture…Oh that stuff is good…
I did not evolve to the top of the food chain to eat shrubbery!
[quote=205159:@Jon Ogden]This is true. I much prefer grass fed beef. Most of the stuff here in the midwest USA is corn fed. Well, let’s put it this way (my brother in law used to own a cattle ranch)… no one feeds cattle corn fed their entire lives. They are all mostly grass fed until a couple weeks before they go to slaughter. Then they corn feed them to fatten them up. Corn feed would cost way too much to feed a bovine that its entire life.
Corn finishing is still … blech
It imparts a flavour to the meat that is distinctive
[quote=205159:@Jon Ogden]Still I prefer 100% grass fed. I was first exposed to that when I visited Argentina and had steaks down in Buenos Aires. That fat is more gray instead of white and it just has a better taste.
Only grass or even grass + grain finish (oats or barley but NOT corn - it makes the fat yellowish)
Thats what we do here - literally I have cows for neighbours
I can hear them if I just open my windows
We have people in the province that do raise Kobe beef for export & for local consumption
[quote=205184:@Norman Palardy]Corn finishing is still … blech
It imparts a flavour to the meat that is distinctive
We have people in the province that do raise Kobe beef for export & for local consumption[/quote]
But is it “true” Kobe where basically the cows are kept drunk, off their feet and are massaged by hand every day?
As far as I know
We export several billion $ of beef every year from this province alone
[quote=205246:@Norman Palardy]As far as I know
We export several billion $ of beef every year from this province alone[/quote]
All I can say is “Yum!”
While I like beef buffalo is far better IF raised properly - lean and tasty as heck
We have several specialty stores, like this one, where you can buy elk, deer, moose, buffalo … stuff you wont often find in normal grocery shopping
No bear though - prepared right bear is really nice
This kind of went anti-vegetarian rather quickly
I’m not anti-vegetarian
They taste good if you cook em long & slow
*just kidding for anyone who thinks thats in any way serious
I was thinking about posting a song by a very talented young Berlin musician, Blockflöte des Todes (you should look up that name). He has a wonderful song which translates roughly to “day of the open animal at the slaughterhouse” where he confesses he prefers animals well grinded.
Of course that’s satirical he’s a long-time vegetarian. But of course he was attacked fiercely. Whenever an idea becomes a substitute for religion, sense of humor goes on vacation
Have a look at the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kvdf6e8birI . The gluten video is even better!
As a practicing pastafarian I’m sort of in conflict with my religion because I don’t eat noodles anymore. But I kept my noodle strainers.
the only thing worse than most vegetables is pasta