Thursday, February 18, 2010

FANCY FEAST!

As you may have guessed, this blogger enjoys cooking shows. No, not the competitive ones, nor the ones where some hyper goober goes into antics, but nice calm shows that either present an informative background on something good to eat, or demonstrate how a particular dish is done. I am of course very fond of Julia Child, whose basic instructions always seemed to entail adding more butter to the pan and wine to the glass.


"Soaked for three days in the running water of a stream (it) comes out with its meat white, and I assure you I have eaten it many times "


That is what Italian cooking show host Beppe Bigazzi said. I always wondered what the trick was. Ever since that bit in Around the World in Eighty Days in which Phileas Fogg complained about the curry.
Signor Bigazzi was speaking not of rabbit, or wild goat, or some exotic game, but of the common house cat. Which he avers is a particular specialty of Tuscany.

SOURCE:

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/pawprintpost/post/2010/02/cat-stew-loving-cooking-show-host-suspended/1


After some experiments when I was younger, I had always assumed that cat was inedible. There are some animals which acquire the flavour of whatever they eat, and consequently a cat would have to be lovingly fed truffles and chestnuts in order to be even passably tasty.
Now I know: soak the meat in several changes of water or go whole hog and suspend it in a nice cold Alpine brook.

Any rabbit curry recipe would probably be good. Even jugged hare.


"Who's not fat, kills the cat"


It is a delicacy, he assures the viewer, before going into more detail about kitty stew. His co-host, a typical product of the enlightened modern age, looked stunned - no doubt she would prefer tofu.

SOURCE:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/2010/02/17/2010-02-17_italian_cooking_show_host_beppe_bigazzi_suspended_over_cat_stew_comments.html



LIKE RABBIT..... SORT OF

Now, please do not accuse me angrily of hating cats. I actually love the little creeps, and they can indeed be very charming. Cats are delightful companions.
There's just far more to appreciate about them than all those dipwads trolling the internet for cute cat pictures wish to admit.

Please think in terms of garlic, ginger, and a chicken tikka masala sauce.

Maybe if you fed the little 'rooftoprabbits' on a diet of peanuts and corn they'd be nice and sweet too. It's worth thinking about.
Slow roasted, spiral cut. With a little sharp mustard.

21 comments:

Tzipporah said...

Nah, if you fed them peanuts and corn they'd be blind. So maybe easier to catch, but not necessarily sweeter. ;)

The back of the hill said...

Okay.....

How about peanuts, corn, CARROTS, and vitamin supplements?

See, if they're blind, they won't move around much. Or have any fun before they're whacked. Plus, technically, blindness is a blemish that makes them unsuitable for food........

e-kvetcher said...

>adding more butter to the pan

An old Russian saying - "Porridge can't be spoiled by butter" - i.e no such thing as too much of a good thing :)

Ah, the good old days before we invented cholesterol.

Anonymous said...

If I wasn't kosher, I'd be happy to eat cat or dog or lots of other things. In fact, when I had guinea pigs I would sometimes stare at them and say to them, "you are sooooo LUCKY I don't eat mammals without cloven hooves etc - because you look absolutely delicious!"

Anonymous said...

Proof positive that Zionists are evil.

The back of the hill said...

Miao!

Anonymous said...

proof positive that Zionists are evil.

Hmmm. The article was about an Italian chef. i see nothing in the post to indicate he was zionist. perhaps you mean "proof positive that Italians are evil?".
Nonetheless, going from the specific to the general (ie: An Italian chef ate cat, so all Italians are evil Zionists- is that what you were saying? I didn't get your logic)is the hallmark of prejudice, so i'd caution you.
Don't go there.

Randy Mcnally

DEATH BY NOODLES said...

Now, someone tell me where the nearest Tuscan-Zionist deli is.

Anonymous said...

A recipe for cat. What's next? A buffet of Palestinians?

Please, If I Am up this late, at least admit that your vile recipe is really a substitute for your true feelings regarding Palestinians.

Anonymous said...

Only Zionazi scum consumes cat.

.m.h.zarid.

Anonymous said...

maybe one day we'll fling more than "poo" at you.

The back of the hill said...

A recipe for cat. What's next? A buffet of Palestinians?


Good heavens, no. Not only are they probably inedible, but they are also human. Only terrorist-supporters and Hamas-members would overlook either of those two BASIC facts.

The back of the hill said...

a substitute for your true feelings regarding Palestinians.

My true feelings regarding Palestinians are infinitely more complex and evolved than that.

If I have to associate Palestinians with food, it is humus, pizza, and the best late-night hamburgers in San Francisco.

The back of the hill said...

Oh, and also darn good French fries. Monzer gives even the Belgians a run for their money there.

The back of the hill said...

Only Zionazi scum consumes cat.


You mean Tuscans. It is, apparently a famous delicacy. In Tuscany.

The back of the hill said...

maybe one day we'll fling more than "poo" at you.



No doubt. You guys are good at flinging, lousy at discourse. Please stick to your inane silent vigils - everytime you open your mouths you sound like hatefilled morons.
Shee, lefty-Oaklanders!!!! Buncha poltroons!

Anonymous said...

"A recipe for cat. What's next? A buffet of Palestinians?"

Ew. Too bitter....


"maybe one day we'll fling more than "poo" at you."

Oh, look. A cowardly threat. I'm sure you are just quaking in your Nikes, ATBOTH.

Anonymous said...

m.h.zarid.: "Only Zionazi scum consumes cat."


The post was about a Tuscan chef.
I see no indication he is Zionist.

The back of the hill said...

I'm sure you are just quaking in your Nikes, ATBOTH.

Indeed, I would be quaking in my Nikes, if the cat hadn't peed in them.
They are presently drying on the line out back.

Bad kitty, bad kitty!

Anonymous said...

Its funny how queesy people get arround cultural food taboos. Like Americans eat animals such as cows, pigs and chickens but dogs and cats are strangely taboo, even though there's lots of them arround at quite reasonable prices.

R

Krupnik said...

Son: "so, Mom, did you like your birthday present?"

Mother: "It was delicious!"

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