What’s For Dinner?

They say (whoever they are) that climate change will bring about a severe food shortage….and who has any ideas for this coming possibility?

In the 1973 dystopian film Soylent Green, the world is so overpopulated that dead bodies are sold as food.

But Swedish researcher Magnus Söderlund believes this could be a genuine solution to climate change and asserts we must “awaken the idea” of eating human flesh in the future.

At a summit for food of the future called Gastro Summit, Professor Söderlund held a talk called “Can you Imagine Eating Human Flesh?” where he argued “conservative” taboos against cannibalism should be broken down

He suggests people’s aversion to it could be overcome little by little, beginning with people just tasting it.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/scientist-suggests-eating-human-meat-to-tackle-climate-change-a4230561.html

Makes me think of and old Twilight Zone……

Eeeewwwww!

I apologize for I have been given a recipe with some of my weekend posts but I just do not have one to fit this article.

Think I will BBQ some chicken today……on second thought maybe a salad would be better.

Be Well….Be Safe

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

A Little Sunday Bitch Or Two

I am a cook and I like to keep my food traditional….no fusion or whatever they call that abortion these days.

I like fried chicken and the best comes from Popeye’s…..they recently added a chicken sandwich to their menu and it has become very popular…..so popular that one guy wants to sue because they ran out of chicken…

A Tennessee man is suing Popeyes Chicken because, he says, they ran out of chicken sandwiches. Craig Barr filed the $5,000 suit Wednesday after what he called repeated attempts to buy the sandwich at different locations, NBC News reports. “I can’t get happy; I have this sandwich on my mind,” he tells the Times Free Press. “I can’t think straight. It just consumes you.” The Chattanooga man says he was also humiliated by friends and suffered $1,500 in tire and rim damage while driving around for sandwiches. Perhaps worse, Barr says he was conned by someone who posted a Craigslist ad offering access to chicken sandwiches hidden at a Popeyes location.

Barr says he met the guy behind a Popeyes, gave him $25, and watched him go inside—but that was it. Barr says he soon followed and was told the man had left via the front door. “I got scammed,” says Barr. The sandwich shortage stems from a fast-food Twitter war between Chick-fil-A and Popeyes over which has the best chicken sandwich. Chick-fil-A seemed to ridicule Popeyes’ new offering by calling its own sandwich “the original,” which Popeyes re-tweeted with, “…y’all good?” Other chains jumped into the fray with claims about their sandwiches. Shortages and lineups ensued, but Barr says Popeyes purposely hyped its product and fell short on quantity to attract attention. Representing himself in the case, he’s due in court Oct. 28.

Let me guess this moron is looking for the 15 minutes of fame and a gig on You Tube….the Lawsuit Lotto.

My biggest bitch is that of “Hummus”…..this is made from chickpeas…the name actually means chickpeas….so if a hummus is made from anything other than chickpeas it is just a fucking DIP. (apologies for the vulgarity) (Sorry for the redundancy for I have bitched about this before)

My second bitch of the day……That brings me to new fad……the “no meat” burger and stuff….and KFC has come up with a plant based nuggets…..

Non-meat “meat” products are almost everywhere, and the next place they’re heading is KFC. The chain is testing a vegan version of its fried chicken in an Atlanta restaurant starting Tuesday, CNBC reports. The plant-based product comes from Beyond Meat, making KFC the first national US fast food restaurant to test the company’s chicken item. Del Taco is selling a “Beyond Taco” and Carl’s Jr. sells a Beyond Burger featuring Beyond Meat, while chains including Burger King, White Castle, and Little Caesars offer plant-based menu items from rival Impossible Foods. KFC will be testing nuggets and wings.

The Atlanta restaurant will hand out Beyond Chicken samples to customers who order other things, Bloomberg reports. “Customer feedback from the Atlanta test will be considered as KFC evaluates a broader test or potential national rollout,” KFC says in a statement. Bloomberg notes that Beyond Meat’s restaurant partnerships have up til now been burger, sausage, or ground beef substitutes. But other companies including Tyson Foods and Perdue Farms are also working on chicken substitutes.

In case no one knows it…….what they are describing is a take-off of a classic falafel.

To continue my FYI concept on weekends……I will give you my falafel recipe……

1(15-oz.) can chickpeas, drained
 
4cloves garlic, roughly chopped
 
1 shallot, roughly chopped (Substitue red onion)
 
2 tbsp.freshly chopped parsley
 
1 tsp.ground cumin
 
1 tsp.ground coriander
 
3 tbsp.Chickpea flour (all-purpose flour may be substituted)

Freshly ground black pepper

EVOO as needed

Peanut oil, for frying

Place all ingredients into a blended and blend until it is a thick paste

Turn paste out and form small balls

Fry balls in oil until golden brown

Serve falafel with favorite dip…mine is tzatziki….yogurt, sour cream, grated onion and cucumber, lemon juice, parsley, small mount of EVOO….mix well serve with pitas or flour tortillas.

I also make a tahini sauce as well…..

1/2 cup of tahini, 1 clove garlic crushed, lemon juice, drizzle of EVOO…mix well…..serve.

Enjoy!

Learn Stuff!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Food Thoughts For A Saturday

It is Summer and I grill just about every night…..chicken, pork, burgers, steak and veggies…..so on the weekends when I try to be an FYI blog I want to write about FOOD.

BBQ!  Personally I do not like BBQ…to me it is only a way to cover up bad cooking skills…….I use BBQ sauce for dipping only…..(a recipe to follow)…….

But what about BBQ?  What is the history?

Ask and thou shalt receive……

Yet while barbecues may be dear to the American soul, they are not native to the US. Instead, they trace their roots to the indigenous peoples of North and South America – and their troubled, often confusing, history says more about colonialism, war and migration than it does about freedom.

https://www.historytoday.com/archive/historians-cookbook/history-barbecue

The news from the UN is not all that promising about our future food supply…..

The global food supply is on the brink of disaster, according to a newly published report by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

More than 100 experts contributed to the report, which concludes that climate change is already negatively impacting food production in real ways. And the problem is poised to get even worse if global temperatures continue to increase — though it’s not yet too late to avoid a total catastrophe.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/un-warning-climate-change-food-expensive

The world has a hunger problem and food shortages……a problem that goes way under reported in the era of Trump and such…..but what has been done to try and find a solution to the problem?

It’s not like you can make food out of thin air. Well…it turns out you can. A company from Finland, Solar Foods, is planning to bring to market a new protein powder, Solein, made out of CO₂, water and electricity. It’s a high-protein, flour-like ingredient that contains 50 percent protein content, 5–10 percent fat, and 20–25 percent carbs. It reportedly looks and tastes like wheat flour, and could become an ingredient in a wide variety of food products after its initial launch in 2021.

It’s likely to first appear on grocery shelves in protein shakes and yogurt. It could be an exciting development: Solein’s manufacturing process is carbon neutral and the potential for scalability seems unlimited — we’ve got too much CO₂, if anything. Why not get rid of some greenhouse gas with a side of fries?

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/08/nasas-idea-for-making-food-from-thin-air-just-became-a-reality-it-could-feed-billions/

How many enjoy a lobster now and then?  With garlic butter and lemon?  Did you know that the lobster is considered the cockroach of the sea?

Why? Well first of all, it’s called a “cockroach of the sea” because it literally looks like what would happen if I turned normal cockroaches into water-breathing creatures and filled them with white meat. Lobster = cockroach meat.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/michelleno/lobster-is-gross

As promised this is my homemade BBQ sauce recipe…..after years of trial and error this is the best…at least for my tastes.

  • 1/4 onion minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey (I use Old Crow)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup blue agave
  • 1 tablespoon of chipotle powder

Saute onions and garlic for about 7 minutes

Add onions, garlic and the rest of the ingredients to a pan and bring to a boil

Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes

Either strain or use a immersion blender to make the sauce smooth

Sauce will keep for about a week in the refrig.

Enjoy!

Damn I am hungry!

Hope all have a good Saturday and I will be back Sunday with more Stuff……

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

Stuff For A Saturday

I have a wealth of thoughts I want to get out there……but time keeps sneaking up on me and events are spiraling…..

A few things that piss me off…..it is the Sahara not the Sahara Desert….for the word Sahara means desert…I hate redundancies

I like BBQ once in awhile…..I use the sauce for a dunking sauce for grilled meat and this one is pretty good in my opinion (no compensation involved)…..

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But I hate a con job…..the label says made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey…..but look at the back side of the same bottle…..

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NON-ALCOHOLIC….artificial whiskey flavor…..what part of that is made with Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey?

Can I sue?

Next, Hummus is an Arabic word meaning chick pea…..so there is no red pepper hummus if it is made from anything other than chick peas then it is a freakin’ dip.

Finally those people that equate prawns with shrimp…STOP IT! They are not the same! Prawns live in freshwater and shrimp in salt…,so stop calling large shrimp prawns…that is fake news.

I will stop the bitching and get to it……

There is research that is saying that the mind drugs from the 60s may well be beneficial for such ailments as PTSD, etc…..I tried to keep my readers informed about this research…..

https://lobotero.com/2019/02/02/freaky-saturday-02feb19/

https://lobotero.com/2019/02/23/freaky-saturday-2019-part-2/

The research continues and the results seem to be promising…..

Scientists are testing the impact on brain function of small regular doses of LSD in what they say is a “renaissance” for psychedelic drugs.

In one of the first studies of its kind, Dutch researchers are testing whether ‘microdosing’ with the illegal drug enhances mental performance and mood.

Significantly, the doses are too low to induce hallucinations.

They hope their research could ultimately lead to new, more effective treatments for depression, anxiety and even chronic pain.

https://news.sky.com/story/therapeutic-value-of-psychedelic-drugs-examined-11777072

Speaking of brain control or is it mind control?

Beware of your mobile phone….say what?

In a new study, researchers have invented a device that can control neural circuits using a tiny brain implant controlled by a smartphone.

The finding can speed up efforts to treat brain diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, addiction, depression, and pain.

The research was conducted by a team in Korea and the United States.

The device uses Lego-like replaceable drug cartridges and powerful Bluetooth low-energy to target specific neurons in the brain.

The wireless neural device enables chronic chemical and optical neuromodulation that has never been achieved before.

Scientists can use smartphone to manipulate your brain

Get off that phone and read a book or talk wigth your kids.

So much for my random thoughts for the day and my small bitches that I feel I must air.

Peace Out!

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

FYI Saturday

While IST is basically a political and foreign policy blog I do try to write stuff on the weekends that can be FYI…..

Food and food prep is always a good topic.

I have worked as a chef in the past and I do all the cooking for me and Sue…..I like to cook and I also like to point out the trends and fads that may not be a good move.

This Saturday it is the use of coconut oil for food prep.

Just a couple of short years ago, it seemed that coconut oil could do no wrong. Practically out of nowhere, it was being touted incessantly as a “superfood,” thanks to claims that it helps burn fat and curbs hunger, among other impressive feats. Just recently, however, a Harvard professor fired the metaphorical shot heard ’round the world by saying that coconut oil is “pure poison.” This came not too long after the release of updated guidelines by the American Heart Association (AHA), which urged people to steer clear of saturated fatty acids, among them coconut oil.

The leap from “superfood” to “pure poison” is pretty big. Like, Grand Canyon big. So, which is it?

Not surprisingly, the answer lies somewhere in the middle, and could even change again once more research is done. Melissa Majumdar is a registered dietician and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She points out that, despite popular and prevalent claims to the contrary, currently there’s insufficient evidence to rate the effectiveness of coconut oil for issues like diabetes, weight loss, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and thyroid problems.

https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/coconut-oils-superfood-pure-or-poison.htm

A few friends have taken to using coconut oil to cook with and I have shown them the report on their choice…..just to be FYI.

Now I admit I use to love Bananas Fosters….that flaming dessert…..now speaking about fire with food……

Another fad that baffles me is the trend of sushi…to me it is bait on a plate…..but now it appears that it is bursting into flames…..

The same phenomenon that causes overheated compost piles to spontaneously combust has been causing fires in sushi restaurants. The culprit is deep-fried tempura flakes, also known as agedama or tenkasu, which have been linked to five restaurant fires in Wisconsin alone, the New York Times reports. Fire investigator Kara Nelson says the flakes, used to give sushi rolls some crunch, are made by deep-frying batter, putting it through a colander, and letting the mixture rest in a bowl for hours, often overnight. She says the dense piles often do not allow heat to dissipate properly and they end up igniting after anywhere from three to 10 hours. Security camera footage from a Madison restaurant showed the mixture combusting six hours after it had been left to cool.

“As they deep fry it in batches, they put it into a colander or a mesh strainer in batches, so they’re basically adding heat every time,” Nelson tells Wisconsin Public Radio. She says the batches were sometimes piled together in a metal bowl, which trapped the heat. “So the heat builds and builds, and once it hits ignition temperature, that’s when a fire occurs,” Nelson says. She says her department has been trying to spread the word about the fire hazard. Her department recommends spreading the batter out on a baking sheet so heat can dissipate—and says restaurants should make the mixture in the mornings so they can keep an eye on it during the day instead of leaving it unattended overnight.

One last FYI topic for this Saturday……not so much about cooking just a new fad……

We go get a facial, pedi-cure, manicure….but now there is a new trend (there is always a new trend)…..a butt facial….yep you read that right…a butt facial…..

RPK spent years as Dr. Lancer’s star aesthetician before opening her own skin-care studio in Beverly Hills last year. “The butt facial has been a summer time request for a while,” Khalsa tells The Hollywood Reporter. “But a lot more people are wearing thongs or very high-cut swimwear.”
 
Her customized treatment (prices from $150) starts with a thorough cleanse followed by an exfoliant “which might be manual or dermabrasion or a chemical peel depending on the client,” she says. The methods includes zapping any blemishes with a high-frequency device to kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, hydrating and a final spell under an LED light panel.

Speak of cooking….time for breakfast my favorite meal…..plus MoMo needs her meal as well and Ignore her at my own peril.

“Lego Ergo Scribo”

That Keto Diet

Sunday and I try to be an FYI blog at least on the weekends…..and this is about another one of those trendy diets that pop up every now and then….the Keto Diet….the word “keto” is being used so much that it is getting tiresome.

Let’s be honest…there is a new more trendy diet every year…the Atkins….Jenny Craig…..NutriSystems…..the “Watchers”……South Beach…..and now it is the Ketogenic Diet…..

Have you asked just what is this diet all about? Well I have!

The diet gets billed as a miraculously enjoyable diet—eat all the fat you want, just cut out the carbs. But the ketogenic diet (also called keto) was never supposed to be fun. It was supposed to treat severe epilepsy. And as a medical treatment, it was only intended to be administered under the supervision of trained nutritionists and physicians. The professionals would be able to monitor patients for potential problems and ensure that their diet was actually keeping them in ketosis—a metabolic state where your body switches from using glucose as energy to using ketone bodies, which come from body fat. They needed those checkpoints because staying in true ketosis is exceptionally challenging for adults.

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/sorry-keto-fans-you-re-probably-not-in-ketosis

When I was diagnosed with diabetes the Registered Dietician that I had to consult did not mention this diet….not once……

I know there will be those health nuts that swear by this diet…and they would be the same as the ones that swore about the trendy diet last year.

I do not suffer from epilepsy so I shall pass this diet by…..I will use logic and commonsense and I will lose the weight and be healthy without a trend.

A warm day in the garden…..cheese, nuts, fruit and wine…..and watch MoMo stalk that damn pesky squirrel.

Have a good day and hug someone today.

It’s All In The Taste

I hope all will have a lovely weekend….looks like we may have more rain….it is Spring in the South…..rain and mosquitoes….and we Southerners try to grow tomatoes on our back porches…..we love a good ripe tomato…..makes a great sandwich.

Nothing taste better than a fresh tomato….if you agree with that then you will be growing your own….because those that we buy these days have NO taste at all….plus they have shelf life of a month…..maybe longer……

But why is this?

Have you ever eaten a perfectly ripe tomato and wondered why you even bother? Tomatoes are a staple in sandwiches and salads, and you can throw them into just about any dish and come up with something edible. Tomato flavor, however, has apparently been going downhill for a while now, and scientists think they know why.

In a new study published in Nature Genetics, researchers including those from the Agricultural Research Service and the Boyce Thompson Institute have mapped the genome of the modern cultivated tomato as well as tomatoes that still grow in the wild. The team marked thousands of genes that were previously unknown, comparing the genomes of cultivated tomatoes with their wild relatives, and made more than a few interesting discoveries.

 
Personally I have stopped buying tomatoes in the grocery…as much as I like them I hate the fact that they have NO taste what-so-ever.
 
My little bitch for this Saturday……anybody got something they would like to add?  Here is your chance to let it all hang out!
 
More later!