Thursday, September 11, 2014

Duck chasseur and black cheese burger from burger king

Duck chasseur

This was my first time trying a chasseur. Very delicious. The end result may look slightly blend or mild but don’t judge a dish by its looks. Its packed full of flavor. A very pleasant surprise. No wonder this old classic is still around. The recipe is available here.

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Rhubarb-Wrapped Pineapple Mousse Cake

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Source: kotaku

Black cheese burger from Burger King.

The buns are made from bamboo charcoal. The onion and garlic sauce is made with squid ink while the cheese has bamboo charcoal. I think they forgot to color the meat patty. Surely they could add some black food coloring, or sear it really really well. 

The article did not say whether the taste would be affected by the bamboo charcoal. But I guess the taste may be psychologically affected. Perhaps the real reason behind this madness is PR.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Souvas and Egg White Shortage

Suovas with Mushroom Sauce

Suovas is the Sami word for "smoked". And Sami’s are people who live in the Artic region, in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Souvas also refers to salted smoked reindeer meat. It is one of the most delicious meats I have eaten. The flavor is intense, gamey and smoky. Reindeer meat is quite lean but extremely tender when thinly sliced and cooked quickly. The recipe is available here.

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Rhubarb-Wrapped Pineapple Mousse Cake

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Source: the guardian
Demand for egg yolk-free omelettes, sandwiches and shakes has resulted in a shortage of egg-whites in the US. To me this sounds strange since the egg york is tasty and healthy.

According to the US food price information service Urner Barry, the cost of liquid egg whites increased by 80% in the 12 months to December 2013. As a result egg whites are now significantly more expensive than the yolks.

I was even surprised to read that McDonald's has products that only use egg whites, such as Scrambled Egg Whites and Egg White Delight McMuffin. These products are supposedly healthy because they only use egg whites. But it also contains liquid margarine. And the Egg White Delight McMuffin contains processed cheddar cheese. To me it seems strange to remove remove egg yolk but use liquid margarine and processed cheese. The American consumer thinks otherwise.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Spicy Coca Cola Pulled Pork, and Margarine and Divorce

Spicy Coca Cola Pulled Pork

If you have flat coke and don’t want to throw it away, Spicy Coca Cola Pulled Pork is a good way to use it up, assuming that you are not a vegetarian.

I looked at a number of coca cola pulled pork recipes. The amount of coke varied, ranging from 1 cup for 6 pounds of pork to as high as 1.2 litre of coke for 4-5 pounds of pork.  I decided to use ¾ cup for a pound of pork, which is little more than a litre for 5 pounds of pork. My thinking was that if I am making coca cola pulled pork I might as well use a lot of coke, to make sure the coke flavor is there. Plus I had lot of coke to use up.

The pulled pork turned out great. It was sweet, but I couldn’t taste the distinct coke flavor. I rarely drink coke so perhaps my taste buds could not detect it. The recipe is available here.

While the pulled pork was really nice, I would not make this recipe again unless I had some flat coke to use up. Coke added sweetness, however I could get almost the same result by adding sugar, hence avoid all the preservatives and other stuff that goes in coke. I prefer my other two pulled pork recipes:

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Smoked Bonito

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Source: BBC
A fantastic article explaining how margarine is linked to divorce, or actually how data can be manipulated to reach strange conclusions.

The graph shows the relationship between rates of divorce and margarine consumption over almost 10 years.

While the statistics do show a statistical relationship between divorce and margarine, it does not mean that there is a link between margarine consumption, and divorce.

There are constantly lots of articles linking consumption of various foods and drinks to health. For example consumption of olive oil is linked to good health. Or consumption of butter helps in weight reduction. The real issue is whether there is a statistical relationship, or a real relationship.