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Abrazos! xox Penny

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Votes are in...

The votes are in from last Friday's post, Fair Fare/Fare Question, and yes, the answer is "None of the Above".

That pink glob of stuff is actually a mystery. The picture is wildly circulating on the Internet and is labeled as one of two things, depending on what the write wants to say. It is either plastic foam or mechanically rendered chicken, errr...chicken  parts...that are "transformed" into a paste that is then further processed into all kinds of chicken-y foods: chicken nuggets, chicken sausage, chicken patties, jerky, pet food. I am suspicious that it is the latter because it looks very similar to a demo Jamie Oliver did on his TV show. Here is his mix of rendered chicken parts:

If it is that, here is what can happen next, depending on the processor.

"Basically, the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve—bones, eyes, guts, and all. It comes out looking like this.

There’s more: because it’s crawling with bacteria, it will be washed with ammonia, soaked in it, actually. Then, because it tastes gross, it will be reflavored artificially. Then, because it is weirdly pink, it will be dyed with artificial color.”

The real answer doesn't really matter. The importance of the picture from Our Green Table's point of view is this: know your food, both the food that goes on your fork and the food that goes through your skin. If you are eating processed food, especially meat "products", the truth is what you are eating is a mystery and will remain so because of what labels can say and manufacturers can get away with. Get real and go with the truth. Better yet, leave a lot of those worries behind and go more plant-based. You know I've got your back, your face and your fork!

Here is a pix (little over-exposed) of a plant-rich family dinner we had with our daughter...ratatouille (ha..'natch!), quinoa pilaf with spinach and shitake mushrooms, caramelized brussel sprouts and roasted garlic bread.

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