Monday, August 8, 2011

Gourmet French biodiesel and chocolate honey cake

Pasta with cauliflower, bacon and chili
Food Diary (August 08, 2011)
Breakfast: Semolina porridge with prunes and sunflower seeds
Lunch: Pasta with cauliflower, bacon and chili
Dinner: Lentil spread and pickled apples on sourdough toast

I have been tagged. Today the lovely Nami from Just One Cookbook tagged me to take part in a Seven Link Challenge.  The challenge has a very interesting concept, to highlight some of your own posts and then to nominate 5 bloggers. There are only two rules:
1) publish links for the categories below (1 link for each category). 
2) nominate up to 5 bloggers to take part

Here are my links.

1. The most beautiful post: This one. 
It has two foods that I love and ate for the same meal, dulce de leche chocolate slice and pork curry. The photos are not beautiful but the food certainly tasted delicious.

I posted this on December 31, 2010, the last day of 2010 and it has consistently been the most popular post. The post describes my most unforgettable memory relating to a dessert and meal I had.

3. The most controversial post: This one
The controversy was negligible or perhaps non-existent. I summarized an article that discussed a sensitive issue but fortunately there was no negative reactions.

4. The most helpful post: Many! 
I don’t want to sound arrogant but almost everyday I try to present useful or helpful information.

5. The post that was surprisingly successful: This one
I hosted the presto pasta night and it was something different and fun, and my first attempt at hosting such an event.

6. The post that did not get the attention it deserved: All of them! 
Just kidding. Unfortunately no particular post comes to mind

7. The post I am most proud of: No post in particular. 
I try to put in effort into every post but there are occasional misses. 

To select 5 bloggers I chose the first 5 persons who left comments on my blog today, and the ‘winners’ are:

Today's Favourite Photo
Chocolate-Honey Cake

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: BBC
Duck fat has been ‘powering’ French cuisine, used in preparing confits, cassoulets and a range of other dishes. Now duck fat is being used to power vehicle as farmers have started to produce gourmet diesel from duck fat. In the region of Dordogne, there is no shortage of duck fat since about two million ducks are raised annually for the restaurant industry. 

The French are not the first though. Similar operations using duck fat have been undertaken across the world from the United States and Britain to China. U.S. poultry giant Tyson Foods recently began transforming the millions of gallons of chicken and pork fat it processes each year into biodiesel. Chicken and duck fat may not be the healthiest fat for us to consume so it is a good thing if we start to use it more to power vehicles and less to power ourselves.

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  1. awww i'll try to participate when i get a chance! thanks for including me! :D that chocolate honey cake looks beautiful. the chocolate honey sheet is AMAZING. pastry chefs amaze me!

  2. Thanks for tagging me! I'll have my post done later this week!

  3. hmm that chocolate honey cake. just gorgeous! awesome posts, I love these kind because I get to learn more about each blogger! Awesome!

  4. Thanks for tagging me! It will be challenging ;-)
    I really enjoyed your answers to the questions!
    Actually duck fat is healthier than many oils (for example peanut oil). It actually contains some positive elements, while most oils don't.
    I have an old post about duck confit and I remember finding very interesting information about the duck fat. Also people who live in the "foie gras" region in France eat lots of duck fat and foie gras and are far from being the unhealthiest population in this vast and varied (nutrition-wise) country. There were several serious research studies made with them.

  5. "Gourmet diesel" lol! But it's a great idea of using up otherwise wasted fat. On another note, keep up the good work on your blog! I can't even catch up on my blog reading list so it's amazing you can do this everyday! :)

  6. I sure would love to see the recipe for that delicious cauloflower-bacon-chili pasta!
    Th honey bee cake is gorgeous!

  7. I love pasta way too much...if only it didn't have carbs. Then I'd be a happy camper! Looks so delicious. Cauliflower is a great addition.

  8. I'd love a piece of chocolate honey cake right now!

  9. Sissi: thats true, duck fat is relatively healthier. Maybe it will be good for the car too:)

    lifeisfull: thank you for your kind words

  10. That honey bee cake is so pretty! Loved reading your fun facts!

  11. Thanks for including me!
    The pasta looks homely and delicious.

  12. Item number 6 LOL!

  13. I'm glad to see your 7 links Mr. Three-Cookies! Thanks for keeping the challenge going. I missed several of your posts, so it was fun reading them for the first time. I laughed out loud when you said "all of them" for helpful post. I know it is! You put a lot of thoughts into the post and that's why all of us are enjoying readinig your posts.

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