|Chickpeas and cauliflower in UN sauce with pasta|
Food Diary (October 19, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with coconut, banana, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Chickpeas and cauliflower in UN sauce with pasta
Dinner: Carrot and onion soup, oatmeal sourdough toast
The United Nations sauce was concocted from ajvar, pasta sauce, tikka masala sauce and taco seasoning. It was a way to use leftovers. The outcome was great. I thought of including China but then decided against it, I wanted something that tasted delicious rather than create a sauce that would be interesting to talk about. The results count. The concept of mixing such type of flavours is certainly not new. Butter chicken combines tomato paste, cream and coconut milk, and last week I combined ajvar and filmjölk (cultured milk). Such combinations are really delicious. This made me think whether the UN is like UN sauce, a collection of leftovers producing good results, or the opposite. I know one thing for sure, the UN sauce was delicious.
Today for the first time I tried a bar of Plopp Saltlakrits, a chocolate bar filled with salty licorice, also known as salmiak or salmiakki. According to Wikipedia, salty licorice is common in Netherlands, Nordic countries and Northern Germany. If you haven’t heard of salty licorice, it is probably because these countries want to keep this delicacy a secret. Regular licorice is an acquired taste and I like it, however I never managed to acquire the taste of salty licorice. Plopp Saltlakrits surprised me in a good way. The chocolate worked quite well with the salty licorice, sort of like salted caramel but with a licorice flavor. You will probably either say yum or yuck.
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This caught me by surprise, in eight months the sale of foie gras will be banned in California. In 2006 foie gras was outlawed in Chicago. The ban lasted barely two years.
As part of assessing the merits of banning foie gras both sides produced experts and videotapes. Marion Nestle, a professor of food studies and public health at New York University, and perhaps not related to or sponsored by Nestle the food giant, said that she viewed the California law as excessive. She said, “I’ve seen the videos, and everyone says the same thing: they all seem to run up to be fed.”
Sitting on the other side of the fence, Lindsay Rajt, an associate director with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said “The idea of paying upwards of $100 to eat pieces of a diseased organ would be laughably funny to most people if it didn’t involve cramming pipes down birds’ throats and painfully force-feeding them.”
There are two sides of the coin, and there seems to be strong arguments from both sides. The animal rights protesters have won this battle. Violators of the law will face fines of up to $1,000 a day. I am guessing if supply is restricted diners will be willing to fork out extra to eat the forbidden food. For 100 guests, the fine will be up to $10. Perhaps some diners will accept the surcharge. Or maybe some foie gras suppliers would sponsor the payment of the fine. While the animal rights protestors have won perhaps restaurateurs and diners will find ways around it. It makes me think of the effectiveness, or lack of it, of outlawing drugs.
On a separate but related note today the Senate in the US blocked a proposal from the Obama administration to place a limit of two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables in schools. The kids won, there will be no limits. Or should I say the potato farmers won. Maybe the Obama administration should hire the foie gras protestors, they seem to be getting good at their job!
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