Sunday, January 18, 2009
So What's For Dinner?
(Art by Andrea Canalito.)
What's wrong with a little cat soup? (Kidding! No nasty emails, cat fanciers!) In the Guangdong province of China, cats have long been the main ingredient in a famous soup. But protesters claim that many of the cats are actually stolen house pets!
According to this fascinating New York Times article, the British are trying to save the endangered red squirrel by encouraging the public to eat its competition--the grey squirrels which have invaded the island. Squirrel pate, anyone?
Ever wondered how manufacturers produce candy and sodas in lovely shades of red, orange, pink and purple? They use bugs, of course! Many food dyes are created from the crushed carcasses of cochineal bugs. So why weren't you told about this? Well until recently, the government didn't make companies list this "special" ingredient. Now, thank goodness, those days may be over. More here.
And last, but not least. What do broccoli and soylent green have in common? Two food bloggers took a good look at a package of Cascadian Farm frozen broccoli and were horrified to make the following discovery . . .