Saturday, November 26, 2011

Eat your leftovers, maybe

Bacon and mushroom omelet with Mexican spiced potatoes

Food Diary (November 25, 2011)
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana, sunflower seeds and flax seeds
Lunch: Bacon and mushroom omelet with Mexican spiced potatoes
Dinner: Carrot soup, bread

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: masak-masaks

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Grist
This interesting and somewhat contradictory article titled “Eat leftovers, save the world” tries to justify why leftover Thanksgiving dinners should be eaten.

According to the USDA 35 percent of perfectly good turkey meat in the U.S. does not get eaten. This compares with only 15 percent for chicken. The wasted turkey meat is worth about $275 million. About 1 million tons of CO2 and 95 billion gallons of water is used to produce it. Producing one pound of turkey meat releases over 4 kg of CO2 emissions according and uses about 468 gallons of water. That's equivalent to driving your car 11 miles and taking a 94-minute shower. That’s a very long shower.

The resources used to produce turkey is the reason for suggesting that leftovers should not be wasted. The article then mentions the vast amounts of antibiotics used to produce turkey meat, leading to antibiotic resistance. While wastage is bad, I am wondering now about the message to eat leftovers. While turkeys do have antibiotics, it is not eaten everyday. 

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  1. Pssst .... think you've got the wrong pic for the oysters.
    I love Thanksgiving and Christmas leftover turkey. That would mean I don't have to cook for awhile and be allowed to sit back and relax while having turkey hash, turkey salad, turkey sandwiches ... until we get absolutely sick and tired of it. :D Anyway, us Asians have a very lovely salted vege stew made with leftovers... no wastage. I'll post it one day when I can figure out how to make it look nice.

  2. Thanks a lot ping, I have fixed it now.

    I don't think I have eaten traditional roast turkey, let alone leftovers. Have a deprived life, seems like I am living in a cave:) Looking forward to that recipe, make sure it looks nice, we won't accept anything less:) You have been exceeding expectations! Have a great weekend.

  3. The masak masaks remind me a little bit of ladybirds :P

  4. I always do. I meant..eating the leftover. ;-) The omelet looks so comforting!

  5. Your omelet sound divine! Absolutely perfect as far as I'm concerned. I need to see if we have any mushrooms left and put one together for myself!

  6. hmm... a thought provoking article

  7. Yep that omelette looks worth jumping out of bed for in the morning - as for the turkey - I think once a year is probably good!
    Mary x

  8. Hannah: they do resemble ladybirds a bit

    Angie: that’s good!

    Mary: thank you

    Amanda: and slightly confusing message as well

    Mary: thank you

  9. I absolutely love leftovers although I did once cook a turducken and it felt like we were eating it forever! :P

  10. Bacon and mushroom omelet sounds gorgeous. I might have had it today for brunch, but I have had oyakodon (eggs, chicken, onion and rice), so not very far ;-)

  11. Sissi: I have never heard of oyakodon but the combination of ingredients sounds interesting for sure. Bit like bibimbap without a few things.

  12. Wow, that is a shockingly big percentage. Afraid to say that I'm not surprised though.