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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Palcohol and Coca Cola Brownie

Coca Cola Brownie

Recently I came into possession of a 1.5 litre bottle of Coke Zero. I don’t buy coke, so I thought of cooking with it to help use it up.  I came across a very interesting, unusual and simple Coca Cola Brownie recipe. Coca Cola is the only liquid used in the recipe, no eggs and butter is used.

The brownie turned out better than I expected. The flavor and texture is nice. It seems the recipe might be temperamental, depending on the type of Coca Cola used. The recipe is available here.

If I was to buy coke I would choose the regular sugar version and gain some calories rather than the zero version that contains artificial sweeteners. The artificial sweeteners being used has received criticism, and it is even banned in some countries. The bad news, for me, is that I still have a litre left. I plan to make pulled pork, which will use a fraction. 

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Source: Camemberu

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Source: Palcohol
Palcohol is one of the most interesting food innovations. It is alcohol in powdered form. You can think of it as the adult version of powdered soup. Just add water and its ready to go.

The website lists many benefits. It is lighter and less bulky than liquid alcohol, hence cheaper to ship. This can save fuel cost for airlines. And an ice cream company wants to put it in their ice cream. No, its not McDonalds, though it would certainly make kids happy.

Palcohol, even though it is not on the market yet, has attracted criticism. Questions have been raised about persons getting drunk by snorting it. Or sneaking alcohol into stadiums, theatres and schools.

The website does not way when Palcohol will be available. Personally, I can’t wait to try it.