I have heard stories about kids who turn into fanatical vegetarians because they learn about where meat comes from at an older age and it is too much of a shock to their world views.
I don't think I ever didn't know where meat comes from...
I had a funny thing about textures though--before I would eat anything, I had to know "Is it crunchy, or chewy?" I don't have many problems with texture now, though.
I confess that I'm going to my friend's wedding in Germany next month. :) I'll be staying in an apartment with two other mutual friends (plus one of their husbands). I'm excited. :)
It'll also be my first time away from Mia. I hope she does ok!
How fun Sarah! Mia will be fine. How long are you staying?
Just 3 days - arriving at the crack of dawn on Friday, wedding Saturday, leaving again Sunday night. I wish I could stay longer, but I have to be at work Monday morning.
Yeah, that's too bad. It'll be cool anyway!
I think i had duck once when I was in high school, before I really ever considered where my food came from. Where I am now I only eat standard mid-west farm food. Cow, chicken, pig. I actually have a lamb roast in the crock pot right now that dbf got from the organic farmer we buy our chickens from. I don't like lamb. It tastes bad to me.
My friend in Alaska only eats moose meat. Her and her husband and kids live on the side of mountain. They don't even have running water! Total live off the land hippies. I adore them. He built their house from trees he chopped down and literally brings home the moose. I've never had but I'm trying to plan a trip for me and the kids to go visit them so I'll try some then.
Gah, too much to catch up on!
First, Bridget, LOSE YOUR COOL. It's okay. No matter what your BF says when you lose it, you have EVERY RIGHT TO, and his behavior warrants you stuffing rocks up his nose and he should be **** happy you're GOOD ENOUGH not to do that for him. Grrr. I second Lydia, few people make me more angry than your BF. What does he think GOOD is? A woman who will just take his $hit? If that's the case, that IS what he deserves because you deserve far better. I wish, I wish, I wish, I could help you think of a way to change this. :(
Sorry about the death discussion guys, I know, it's a bummer. It is. No matter how you explain it. It really sucks that people die and that there's no resolution to that. Even if after death, whatever that entails (something or nothing or something in between) is lovely, looking at it NOW from our vantage point, it all just sucks. But I'm so glad Oscar is honest with his questions, and that I can be comfortably honest in my answers. Much easier than the freaked out fear I had as a kid.
I've eaten horse. Eh. Unremarkable. Dog was unremarkable, too (though seeing them stacked up behind a cyclo on a cart in China was disturbing, eating the meat was just a little blah). There's very little I haven't tried, though the unusual meats I'm not particularly fond of, just because I'm not used to them, I think. Though I have to say that Alpaca roast is one of the most divine things ever. If I can ever find another farmer who raises them for meat, I'll buy a whole animal. Goat, too, is excellent. Sea cucumber, however, is just stinking nasty. Like bits of jiggly pork fat.
Auto got his name because we got him at a strip mall while DH was buying a new computer at Best Buy. They were having a shelter-pet-adoption day next door at the PetSmart and we got him there. Sat outside the Best Buy waiting for DH and when I asked Oscar what he wanted to name the cat, he looked at the automatic door and said "automatic door." I said "okay, Auto for short?" and he said yes. So there you have it, sportsfans... :P
Yes, I think that's where the line is drawn for me too. If I see something as a pet, I can't see myself eating it. That said, I would probably try anything just to try it. I'm very adventurous when it comes to food.
And duck fat...mmm :wub: Crispy skin....:drool: Ok that might not even be a smily LOL
The restaurant I worked in last used to make its own charcuterie which includes smoked and cured meats such as cured duck "prosciutto". I think I ate more of that stuff than I served.
That's the biggest thing I miss about that place. Every day someone would walk up to me, hand me something different and yummy and say "try this". Gah.
I also quite like duck, but we don't get them very often here unless someone we know goes duck hunting, which happens not very often...
And crispy skin of any animal that's worthy is the best thing EVER. We recently made our own pork rinds (we buy whole pigs and this butcher sent me a crazy amount of skin) and they were sinful.
Speaking of crispy skin.. when I was still dating my ex, on Thanksgiving me, his mom, and his sister would always fight over the crispiest skin on the turkey. :) It's so good.
Seventeen replies later (sorry) - I think that connecting animals with meat is critical from the start. Children need to know where their food comes from. Oscar knows that our farmer friends (we know them and visit their farms) raise animals and we have them killed and butchered for meat. When he asks "what's this?" at dinner, he gets "this is pork, from our pig" or "this is beef, from Frank's cow." He gets it, and he knows some animals are pets or for laying eggs or giving milk, and some animals are killed for meat. Not knowing that is a dangerous disconnection, IMO.
We'd never kill one of his pets, or anything he was attached to, for food. That's cruel. :(
Yessss....turkey skin.... I could eat a plate of that, pass on the meat please. LOL
Too bad I'm going out for Mexican tonight! No crispy skin involved! Haha
Crispy chicken (and turkey) butts! You guys are killing me!
I'm making cheeseburgers and asparagus for dinner tonight. :)
And my favorite part, the tomato for the burgers. :) The ones I have now are actually starting to taste like a tomato!
All this talk of food is making me hungry...I just ate an apple and it didn't fill my tummy at all!
I love crispy chicken, I love crispy duck and pancakes from the Chinese take-away, I love cheeseburgers....lol
I might have to go get something else to eat....I'm such a bottomless pit at the minute!
Well apparently lunch set me off because I don't feel so good now :( Must stop reading about food...
One of my friends joined this FB group "Be kind to nurses. We prevent doctors from accidentally killing you."
I have no problem with nurses. They do a lot of the grunt work, and they stay with a patient a lot and keep up on a lot of labs and everything. But as someone who will potentially be a physician in about 8 years, this really bothers me. There are a lot of physicians out there who are wonderful. I'm so sick of them getting such a bad rap and hearing about how they don't know anything and they're ignorant and all that. I hear it a lot on here too and it bothers me so much. I don't want to go out in the field and automatically be assumed as someone who is incompetent.
I hope I don't offend anyone with what I just said. It just really makes me so frustrated.
ETA: I also want to add that when I was with my ex I lived with a nurse, and the amount of times she thought she had meningitis when she had a headache really pissed me off.
Nurses are no more competent than doctors. In my opinion, most PEOPLE, no matter their profession, are incompetent. Sorry to say that's my world view, but it is. I work with too many highly trained idiots to feel otherwise. :P
As much as I hated my microbiology professor as a teacher, I don't think I would mind working for him in a nurse/doctor setting. He was pretty funny and he is brilliant for sure, told it like it is and talked nice about nurses as well...he just crammed too much info into every test! LOL