Monday, September 04, 2006
Jeff of C for Cooking tagged me for a "joint project"; five foods to eat before you die. Melissa of The Traveler's Lunchbox started this and has a running list of the entries so for (860 at press time). I have been enjoying reading others reccomendations. Let us see if I can live up to the high standard already set!
1. Oysters. Freshly shucked, raw, naked. There is no way to descripe them unless you have tasted it.
2. Marrow, spread on toast with fleur de sel. Another one of those things that sounds disgusting, but ..... Just try it.
3.Foie gras. I know, duck torture. However, PETA be damned (never liked them anyway), this is good. In small doses.
4. Milan's Tomato, sprinkled with fleur de sel. Really, I have never tried a tomato that tastes quite like his and I spent my childhood in the okanagan, a perfect tomato growing region. I don't know what is in his soil, but they are supposedly organic tomatoes...
5. Copper River Salmon. I eat a lot of salmon and nothing compares to this particular salmon.
I could keep going and going. I actually considered taking foie gras off my list, because it would upset some people and there are so many other things I could list. But that would be hypocritical....
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ive never had foie gras but i would like to try it since i love goose liver pate and most pates except those weird vegetarian ones made from mushrooms. ANYWAY! oysters, salmon.... brilliant minds think alike. Maybe it is something to do with being born there? By the ocean... spending time there? having family there?
yes, maybe it is a lifestyle thing after all. I mean, my sister was born nowhere near an ocean and she HATES all seafood :)
so next time i visit, i will try those amazing tomatoes too!
Those bastards banned Fois Gras here in Chicago - and every Chef is furious and mad. I wonder what they will ban next: Veal? Eggs? Bacon?
I had Marrow spread on toast with fleur de sel - that's really good.
My Fish Store (http://www.dirksfish.com/) does not carry Copper River Salmon, or at least I never saw it there. Maybe I should ask them.
I love Fois Gras..so delicate.
I love Fois Gras and oysters. Yum yum.
I've heard so much about those tomatoes...I'm going to have to try them someday soon since they're in season now.
I know what foi gras is and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Furthermore I have been to places like France and have been to tours of the foi gras farms. They are treated much better than you think and better than US chickens and turkeys. I had a personal tour and the ducks are dumb they eat what they want until the last month where they do feed by tube but I witnessed it in person and the ducks are not unhappy at all. They are like goldfish in that they love to eat and yes their liver is expanded but they are not treated badly. At least the farms I have seen in France. I commented to him that he could sell more as he had room but he replied," I am happy with my fixed amount I do every year and when they sell out they gone". Maybe US duck farms with our capitalistic tendencies over cram the ducks per square feet and that should be changed, but to outlaw them is NOT right!
Foi gras should be available to anyone whom wants to eat it. The ducks if treated like the farms I visited in France are not treated in humanly. I feel we should make every efforts in making sure all duck farms treat their ducks correctly but not ban them at all! The ducks I witnessed are treated like royalty and only their last month do they get fed twice a day with a tube and believe me they are not suffering.
I will make every effort to educate people that foi gras is a great food and that the ducks are not treated badly! I think ignorant people are taking it to the extreme and should be ashamed at your tactics and misrepresentation of foi gras!
While I appreciate your lengthy support of foie gras, I believe you miundstood ME. I LIKE foie gras and I DISLIKE PETA.
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