|Kung Pao Pork|
Traditionally chicken is used to make Kung Pao but there is nothing wrong in using pork. Pork is closer to chicken compared with other meats such as lamb, beef or dog.
Kung Pao pork may sound complex but it is quite easy to prepare. The list of ingredients includes ‘exotic’ items such as chinkiang vinegar. Don’t be alarmed, you can easily substitute with everyday ingredients to get the desired sweet, sour, salty and spicy combination. The most important ingredient is Sichuan peppercorns. There is no substitute that I am aware of. You can make the dish without it but it will not be the same. The American version does not use Sichuan peppercorns since it was illegal to import it from 1968 until 2005. The recipe is available here.
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Source: Cioccolato Gatto
Jam tart with mandarin and white poppy seeds
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Source: The Epoch Times
Heard of kopi luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world? Not any more. More than 20 elephants in Northern Thailand’s Golden Triangle region are busy producing the world’s most expensive coffee beans called Black Ivory. Kopi luwak costs around $320 per pound, a bargain compared with the $500 per pound that Black Ivory costs.
To produce the coffee, elephants are being fed coffee cherries from nearby plantations. Mahouts (elephant drivers) and their wives then pluck the beans from the dung. The beans are sun-dried and roasted.
The coffee is said to have an earthy and smooth flavor. Elephants’ digestive enzymes break down the coffee protein, which is one of the main things that makes coffee bitter. In contrast to carnivores, herbivores such as elephants use much more fermentation for digestion. Fermentation is desirable in coffee as it helps to impart the fruit from the coffee pulp into the bean. Perhaps those of us who are vegetarians can try experimenting. It could turn out to be quite lucrative.
Supply of Black Ivory is quite limited. In 2012 just 50kg was produced. One would expect greater output from elephants compared with the much smaller civets but apparently size does not matter. To make a single kilogram of roasted coffee, approximately 10,000 beans are picked. Some are lost in the process because elephants chew them.