Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ethical foie gras and root beer

Sautéed chicken liver and gizzard in tomato sauce with rice
Food Diary (October 20, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with plums, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Sautéed chicken liver and gizzard in tomato sauce with rice
Dinner: Spinach in tikka masala sauce with oatmeal sourdough
Baking/sweets: Chocolates

Yesterday I wrote about the ban on foie gras in California. In case you are not aware there is ‘ethical foie gras’ produced in Spain. The liver comes from geese that force feed themselves. Geese normally migrate south at the start of winter. Just before embarking on their long journey the geese force feed themselves with extra food to stock up for the long flight. As soon as they are about to take off the ethical slaughter man comes and grabs them, saving them the trouble of embarking on a long and tiring journey.

Ethical foie gras comes with a much higher price tag. I have never tried this but I read reviews that it is different from the real thing.
Today's Favourite Photo
Source: masak-masak
Root Beer Float Jelly

Today’s Favourite Blog
Scientists from the University of Sydney, Australia have discovered that the key to curbing appetites and preventing excessive consumption of fats and carbohydrates is including enough protein in our diets.

Twenty two participants were put on three diets over three separate four-day periods. The participants had a protein intake of either 10 per cent, 15 per cent or 25 per cent.  Energy intake over each four-day period was monitored, as were hunger ratings on day four. Those with the lower protein percentage diets had a higher energy intake, mostly due to snack between meals.

Commenting on the new findings, Dr Gosby said, “Humans have a particularly strong appetite for protein, and when the proportion of protein in the diet is low this appetite can drive excess energy intake.

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  1. Thank goodness for ethical foie gras :) Love that root beer jelly...great photo find as always~

  2. Oh such a cool root beer jelly. Yeah I saw a short documentary on the Spanish guy a couple of months ago. If I got a free can I would happily try it to compare to the farmed kind ha ha.

  3. I remember when the ban on foie gras occurred in Chicago and so many of the chefs were up in arms. The root beer float jelly looks pretty!

  4. I love the root beer jelly photo! Very pretty. And I tend to agree with the Sydney Uni scientists - I eat lots if I don;t have enought protein...

  5. I am not surprised this "ethical" foie gras exists. Those who are big fans of foie gras (like me) and get a bit interested in the force-feeding and breeding process, know that when a duck (I haven't had a chance to eat a good goose foie gras, so cannot say if I don't like it or if I was unlucky) is fed too quickly and too brutally, e.i. the liver is huge, it is disgusting. Not to mention the fact that free-range ducks give the best foie gras too.
    I am just thinking about my miso soup with tofu (rich in protein but low in carbs) frequent breakfasts and how they keep the hunger off for many hours.

  6. I'll be honest...the ethical foie gras still sounds pretty awful. But your spinach tikka masala sounds delicious!

  7. You know i would have never thought such a thing about ducks- such a shame. I love the root beer float and the dimension of it - so cool.

  8. That root beer float jelly looks crazy. I like it!

    Ethical foie gras still sounds sad to me.

  9. Lizzy: thank goodness you accepted it!

    Cheap Ethnic Eatz: me too, always happy to test drive!

    Yummychunklet: the Chicago chefs won, the LA chefs lost but the battle has only just begun!

    Martyna: I agree with the study also

    Sissi: unfortunately I haven’t tried different types of foie gras, would love to one day. My breakfast with nuts, coconut etc help keep hunger at bay for quite sometime

    Joanne: you are a vegetarian!

    Kitchen Belleicious: I only found out recently

    Mary: still! The next best ethical thing would be liver

  10. Ethical foie gras? I'll have to think about that. I don't have to think about delicious jylle though :P

  11. I guess it's only me but that root beer jelly made me think of Madonna! lol!!

  12. At least there is a new non guilt version of a foie gras