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Meat for Vegetarians
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A funny thing happened in my house recently. A few months ago everyone in my family ate the same meals. It was easy to whip-up ever family meal we ate in a day because everyone had the same list of ingredients. Then, the funny thing happened. We all started educating ourselves on nutrition and where food really comes from and there were tears, questions, disgust and ultimately a new set of personal diets. I’ve gone pretty much Paleo for general health reasons while my wife and children have moved their culinary tents over to Vegetarian-ville for health and ethical reasons. Before you start rolling your eyes, this isn’t going to turn into a food-fight of ethics and nutrition. This is about a substantial change in the way food is produced from our kitchen which also means a substantial change at the dinner table. Typically I’d do 80% – if not more – of the cooking while my wife and kids stayed alive on nachos and various dairy products while I was away working. But now we have about half as many cross-over ingredients that are universal throughout the family.
If you step back a few months prior to that, our entire family went gluten free after my son was diagnosed with Celiac disease. So now we have an entirely gluten free family, a wife and two boys that have gone vegetarian and me, the meat-eater who has cut beans and all grains. Needless to say, we don’t get invited over for dinner very much anymore. Nobody knows how to feed us at this point.
So I tell you all of this to tell you the awesome part. Shaking-up the diet is something everyone should do. I liken it to a committed relationship – which food and I have always had – where keeping it fresh means removing everything you think you know and exploring new and interesting things. It can be painful at first but after a while it’s like rediscovering a passion you never saw coming! You’ll explore ingredients you’ve never had and some that have been there the entire time but never looked so good. Sort of like your wife getting a new LBD (little black dress, for you rookies) and F-me heels out at random. You know what I’m talking about.
Oh, the food. Well, the "meat for vegetarians" is a metaphor. Sure, you can use sweet potatoes as a substitute for steak or chicken in a salad, but it’s really a statement about thriving in a relationship where differences are celebrated every night at the same dinner table.
Dubliner cheese under the iPhone microscope
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I think it’s 60x zoom. I can’t remember just now and the microscope attachment is at least 8 feet from my lazy ass right now. This is pretty much what I expected to see from a waaaaaaay close-up shot of cheese and I can almost taste the crystallites of it all. While some people ponder what superpower they’d have if they could pick only one or which celebs belong on their "no questions asked" list… I ponder the following. If I had to give up cheese, chocolate, or coffee which would it be? It’s a tough one really. Imagine that you said cheese and then you found yourself gazing into the seductive layers of a Tiramisu? They pain that would come over your body as you realized that this magical creation has cheese in it. But suppose for a moment that you had picked coffee. Again, with the pain and anger of knowing that there is in-fact coffee in tiramisu. OH the pain! Now imagine that you’d picked chocolate. BLASTED BUGGERING HELL. No wonder this is the best desert know to man. But here is where this story turns tragic. Imagine that you never had to give these awesome ingredients up and that you could eat them any day of the week only to find that the last magical ingredient is the one that does the real damage. Yep, you guessed it. Those damn little lady fingers full of the evil gluten! I can’t even think about it anymore.
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If I were to make a list of things that I know for sure about grass-fed/grass-finished beef it would go like this:
1. It’s way more expensive
2. It tastes better
3. Cows live happier lives before becoming my dinner.
It’s the things that I’ve been told however that interest me the most about grass-fed/grass-finished beef. They are:
1. The balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats are almost exactly what the human animal should be ingesting.
2. Lean beef with in a Paleo diet is not only very satiating but it provides protein and good fats that our bodies can easily process for instant energy.
On top of this, I have a few questions though:
Q: Is searing the beef actually bad for you? I’ve read that it creates carcinogen, a cancer causing agent.
Q: Is aged beef actually a bad thing, because the aging process exposes the beef to bacteria that thrive on dead animal flesh, and this is what makes the flavor so awesome?