Monday, October 26, 2009

Not on my watch...

Climate chief Lord Stern: give up meat to save the planet

"People will need to consider turning vegetarian if the world is to conquer climate change, according to a leading authority on global warming..."

I love vegetables, I really do. Especially with pork. Who doesn't like spinach sautéed in bacon grease, or beans seasoned with tasso? Later in the article comes the revealing sentence:

"Lord Stern, who said that he was not a strict vegetarian himself..."

The old "Do as I say, not as I do".


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Saucisson Sec

I am still catching up on some posts. I'm going to call saucisson sec a failure. (See previous posts for additional detail here and here, and here). I made four sausages. During the curing process, two turned gray and two turned rosy pink. They were made from the same pork, ground and mixed together with the same seasonings, and cured in the same chamber. Go figure. I decided that, in the face of potential food poisoning, that safety took precedence over valor and discarded the gray ones.

I sampled the pink ones with some (brutally honest) friends. We all agreed that this sausage was intensely bland and tasted mostly like cured fat (lardo?). I will not be making this one again.