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The most polarizing food: where do you stand?

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  • paperpuddingpaperpudding Member Posts: 6,180 Member Member Posts: 6,180 Member
    it is banned in several countries because of the cruelty involved in force feeding.

    I dont eat liver anyway so already a No from me - but would be a double no on account of that.
  • SuzySunshine99SuzySunshine99 Member Posts: 1,885 Member Member Posts: 1,885 Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    chelleedub wrote: »
    Fois gras. I'm a hard no.

    Why?

    I can't answer for the poster, but some people find the process of producing the fois gras to be particularly inhumane. Even a lot of people who normally eat animal products find this a bit too far on the cruelty side.

    But eggs from caged hens are ok? Ditto broiler chickens? Same thing. Bred and fed for one purpose only.

    I myself dont like it, but thats for the taste and texture. Ditto bone marrow.

    At least with some animal products you have choices you can make...you can buy cage-free eggs or free-range chickens. Sure, they are still eventually slaughtered, but at least you could reasonably think (or convince yourself) that they were not tortured and were killed quickly. You don't know, but can at least tell yourself that.

    With fois gras, it is absolutely certain that the bird was tortured for weeks to achieve the desired product, and that can be a bit hard to justify.
  • SuzySunshine99SuzySunshine99 Member Posts: 1,885 Member Member Posts: 1,885 Member
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    chelleedub wrote: »
    Fois gras. I'm a hard no.

    Why?

    I can't answer for the poster, but some people find the process of producing the fois gras to be particularly inhumane. Even a lot of people who normally eat animal products find this a bit too far on the cruelty side.

    But eggs from caged hens are ok? Ditto broiler chickens? Same thing. Bred and fed for one purpose only.

    I myself dont like it, but thats for the taste and texture. Ditto bone marrow.

    At least with some animal products you have choices you can make...you can buy cage-free eggs or free-range chickens. Sure, they are still eventually slaughtered, but at least you could reasonably think (or convince yourself) that they were not tortured and were killed quickly. You don't know, but can at least tell yourself that.

    With fois gras, it is absolutely certain that the bird was tortured for weeks to achieve the desired product, and that can be a bit hard to justify.

    That means nothing, you know that right? Also, even if the broilers could walk to the yard, they are still made to serve one purpose, grow large white meat that everyone wants now. And how do you know the bird is suffering? Just because the practice looks damaging or simply "not right"? Every seen a baby mammal being force fed via a tube to keep it alive? How is that different?

    But thats a different topic.

    I think I made it clear that I know that.
    It’s about the perception, whether reality or not. Everyone decides for themselves where they want to draw their moral line, and my point was that for many people, this practice crosses that line for them. I’m not going to argue about what constitutes suffering and what doesn’t. I was just answering your question as to why someone would choose not to eat that particular food.
  • troylfullertontroylfullerton Member, Premium Posts: 49 Member Member, Premium Posts: 49 Member
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    Mouthwatering. I WISH I didn't have a sweet tooth and that I wasn't so delighted by these things (but I am... and YES, they're worth the calories for me). My challenge is to responsibly limit my consumption... I'm not going to give them up entirely.
  • summery79summery79 Member Posts: 116 Member Member Posts: 116 Member
    I'd rather have a homemade sugar cookie. Honestly, I rarely keep any type of cookie in the house because I've learned through the years that cookies are not a friend to my healthy weight maintenance. When I make them, I need to get the leftovers in the freezer ASAP
  • corinasue1143corinasue1143 Member Posts: 4,139 Member Member Posts: 4,139 Member
    summery79 wrote: »
    I'd rather have a homemade sugar cookie. Honestly, I rarely keep any type of cookie in the house because I've learned through the years that cookies are not a friend to my healthy weight maintenance. When I make them, I need to get the leftovers in the freezer ASAP

    Leftovers?


    just_Tomek wrote: »
    Here is one for you..... Salceson :)

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    Gross! I wouldn’t even let that in my kitchen!

  • bmeadows380bmeadows380 Member Posts: 2,929 Member Member Posts: 2,929 Member
    Do I want to know what Salceson is made of?
  • CupcakeCrusoeCupcakeCrusoe Member Posts: 861 Member Member Posts: 861 Member
    LOFTHOUSE COOKIES ARE THE DEVIL. They look so good, but they are so not good!

    Polarizing foods.. I'm sure in 36 pages, sardines have been covered? I love sardines with crackers.
  • ecrispiecrispi Member Posts: 25 Member Member Posts: 25 Member
    I always acknowledge that they are bad “cookies,” yet I still love them. I think it’s the texture. I can eat a whole box no problem, so I refuse to buy them for my own sake 😂
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,449 Member Member Posts: 5,449 Member
    tuckerrj wrote: »
    Really polarizing foods are things like: 1) brain sandwiches, 2) barbecued pig snouts or 3) haggis, just sayin'.

    I rather like haggis but only eat it on the occasional Burns night. Haven't tried snouts.

    Don't like brain because I find it way too rich.

    I had an Italian girlfriend whom I once told that I'm nog crazy about most organ meats. Chicken gizzards and livers and riz de veaux are the exceptions. Next time I came for dinner she served kidney, liver and brain because she was convinced I didn't like them because I hadn't had them cooked the Italian way. The kidney tasted of piss, the liver had the texture of sand and pan fried brain tasted like deep fried butter.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,449 Member Member Posts: 5,449 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    just_Tomek wrote: »
    I will play........ Natto.

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    Good play ! ;)

    I finally tried some recently, at a restaurant, after being curious about it for years (just not quite curious enough to search for it outside my usual shopping places). The waitress tried to talk me out of ordering it! :lol:

    Maybe scary looking, but tastes good IMO.

    When I tried to order this in a Japanese restaurant the waitress tried to talk me out of it too.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,449 Member Member Posts: 5,449 Member
    The night before our wedding we took out our witnesses out to a fancy french restaurant. In the Netherlands the groom has two best men, and the bride has two maids of honor who all sign the marriage certificate.

    One of the best men, when he saw calves testicles on the menu exclaimed to my hubby, "You need to order these on your wedding night, as an aphrodisiac!" My husband who does eat meat, but is squeamish about any meat that obviously looks like an animal (such as lobster or oysters) refused. So I agreed to order the starter of pan fried calves testicles.

    Won't be doing that again. In the same way that lambs kidneys smell of piss, calves testicles taste of semen.
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,449 Member Member Posts: 5,449 Member
    Since moving from the Netherlands I really miss fillet americain. That's a sandwich spread made of finely ground raw beef sold in supermarkets.
    https://www.tasteatlas.com/filet-americain
    I have no idea how it got it's name, as it is a food that is as un-American as it gets.
  • pancakerunnerpancakerunner Member Posts: 4,647 Member Member Posts: 4,647 Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    Since moving from the Netherlands I really miss fillet americain. That's a sandwich spread made of finely ground raw beef sold in supermarkets.
    https://www.tasteatlas.com/filet-americain
    I have no idea how it got it's name, as it is a food that is as un-American as it gets.

    I love raw beef, but this looks unusual. Is anything added to it?
  • acpgeeacpgee Member Posts: 5,449 Member Member Posts: 5,449 Member
    acpgee wrote: »
    Since moving from the Netherlands I really miss fillet americain. That's a sandwich spread made of finely ground raw beef sold in supermarkets.
    https://www.tasteatlas.com/filet-americain
    I have no idea how it got it's name, as it is a food that is as un-American as it gets.

    I love raw beef, but this looks unusual. Is anything added to it?

    Here's a recipe. It is a low brow version of steak tartare. Sold in supermarkets in NL as a sandwich spread. I love raw beef and raw tuna too.

    https://www.thedutchtable.com/2011/04/filet-americain.html
  • pancakerunnerpancakerunner Member Posts: 4,647 Member Member Posts: 4,647 Member
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    how does this make you feel?
  • bmeadows380bmeadows380 Member Posts: 2,929 Member Member Posts: 2,929 Member
    actually, that makes me feel kind of queazy. That icing looks gritty up that close and just what are those discs supposed to be? I'll take the lofthouse cookies and you can keep the cupcake :grin:
  • glassyoglassyo Member Posts: 4,883 Member Member Posts: 4,883 Member
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    how does this make you feel?

    My tongue is practically licking that frosting up.

    (I should really clean this tablet.)
  • Katmary71Katmary71 Member Posts: 3,952 Member Member Posts: 3,952 Member
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    how does this make you feel?

    Eh, not worth the calories, it doesn't look very good and I always love the sweets you post! I'd probably eat the icing and that's it.
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