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2nd-Jul-2006 04:38 pm
This past week has brought a major change to my lifestyle. For the past three years I have not been eating meat. Thanks to Anthony Bourdain, that has changed.

You may recognize Bourdain from his show on The Travel Channel, "No Reservations". Or, you may remember his as the author of "Kitchen Confidential", which inspired a short lived program on Fox. I've been reading his writing about food voraciously. He writes a lot about meat. And, his writing is good enough that I couldn't hold out any longer.

I decided to make my foray back into a carnivorous lifestyle with patience. That means that I prepared a meat dish that takes three days to make, pork rillettes. This is pork shoulder, pork belly, and lard. You cook the shoulder and belly, with spices and liquid, for six hours. After letting it cool, you shred the meat (think bbq pork) and put it in a container. Then you put the lard on top. Leave it in the fridge for three days, and it's good to go. I smeared some on a baguette. It was delicous.

Next I decided to make Onglet Gascon. This is hangar steak cooked with bone marrow. Frickin' bone marrow! Again, it was delicous.

I'm not sure where to go from here. I still have no intention of eating hamburgers. I will never go near chicken breast. I want flavorful meat. Maybe I'll see if there's a butcher that can get me some kidneys. I hear they are quite good.
3rd-Jul-2006 01:28 pm (UTC) - YOU!
You know, I would suspect that jumping in so abruptly by going straight to hard flesh and fat would not sit well in a stomach trained in such a way as yours. I would have figured, maybe start small... like 1/2 oz of steak one day and perhaps 1 oz the next. You know for the good ol stomach to get used to going back to straight flesh. But I dunno. My childhood castiron stomach became weak after my bout with vegetarianism but I think it's alomost back to it's former childlike self. Aparently not everyone's stomach is like mine. Well good for you ol Crakemeister. I look forward to some of your delectable dishes con carne ^.^

the prime
3rd-Jul-2006 02:21 pm (UTC) - Re: YOU!
Surprisingly, I had almost no stomach distress. However, the acne came fast and furious. I decided that with the meat I should drink a glass of wine (from a box, thanks Target), and after a big meal a digestif should be required.
3rd-Jul-2006 03:59 pm (UTC) - Re: YOU!
The acne probably isn't from the meat itself but the added hormones to forcefully grow a pig in half the time.

Yes! Thank you Target for your selection of boxed wines. I love em.

the prime
3rd-Jul-2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Kidneys? We won't put away the vegetarian chili recipe just yet.
3rd-Jul-2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
maybe some boudin noir...
3rd-Jul-2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
Not that again. You and the Croatians...
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