Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

Obamas keep WH chef

January 11, 2009

Despite the pleas of locavore foodies, the Obamas decided to keep the Bushes’ executive White House chef, Cristeta Comerford, who is also a prominent Filipino-American. Who said that Ms. Comerford was a prominent Filipino-American? Why, George W. Bush. While answering questions in the Oval Office with President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines, Bush said

Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House.


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Cat doesn’t taste as good as dog

December 19, 2008

That is, according to a Chinese abattoir who sells cat meat for use in a Guangdong Province soup recipe. According to reports, perhaps 1,000 cats a day go to Guangdong to satisfy feline lovers (of eating them, not worshipping them). PETA has it work cut out for itself in China, the country has no animal welfare or protection laws whatsoever.

Cat is something of a delicacy, bring much higher prices than dog or chicken:

“She said cat meat sold for about $1.32 a pound, while dog meat was cheaper, at about 95 cents a pound. Chicken was the best buy at 62 cents a pound, while lamb sold for about $1.32.”

Cats aren’t the only, shall we say, unusual (to us) animal that is eaten. As a Chinese friend of mine told me, if it crawls or walks, it’s edible.

Guangdong is home to the Cantonese people, famous for being the most adventurous eaters in China. There’s a popular saying: “The Cantonese will eat anything that flies, except airplanes, and anything with legs, except a chair.”

And now, a first for the Audible Smirk, a recipe:

“There’s a famous soup called ‘Dragon, Tiger and Phoenix,'” Zhu said. “It involves cooking snake, cat and chicken together. In winter more people eat cats as they believe it’s extra nutritious.”

I’ve seen items with a similar name on menus around here. Umm..

Rat curry, anyone?

August 14, 2008

India has suffered from rat plagues fairly recently, with the rats eating as much as half of a region’s grain supplies which leads of course to human starvation. A regional government official wants to promote rat cuisine as way to kill two birds (or rats) with one stone – cut down on lost grain and satisfy human nutritional requirements. Eating rats is considered declase to the Indian chattering classes, but this man believes he can change that.

Mr  (Vijay) Prakash says that he has recipes to make rat eating a delicacy, which he now wants to distribute to all the hotels in Bihar.

He also wants to encourage rat farming in the same way that poultry is farmed.

Now, this could be a reasonable thing to do. Look at China. People there eat dogs, snakes, lizards, and yes scorpions. However, Mr. Prakash’s track record for innovative ideas, is, shall we say mixed:

Vijay Prakash has floated a rehabiliation scheme for beggars (intended to rehabiliate 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh beggars). The scheme has been christened “Pahchaan” and the big idea is to use the beggars’ traditional begging related skills like singing, dancing etc. to improve the state’s capacity to spread awareness and fight off serious diseases like AIDS, Polio etc.

And according to the BBC article:

Earlier, he proposed to recruit eunuchs as security guards to maternity wards in hospitals.

“Yes, that proposal is in its advance stage and we’ll very soon engage them in various social activities of our department,” he said.

And the welfare secretary’s next plan?

“I’ll make snake catching popular for the economic value of its venom,” he said.