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Farewell, Foie Gras: I'm Not Sorry to See You Go

The foie gras ban is not stupid, it's a step in the right direction. And for all the people going 'oh, well [ insert instance of animal cruelty] is worse' - that is not an argument against banning foie gras, it's an argument for banning the mistreatment of all animals, especially those raised for food. Why don't you stop whining and pointing and do something about it?

I personally won't be happy until the only legal way to raise animals for food is free range, and organic. If that means that meat is expensive and we eat less of it, all to the good. People who eat meat every day (sometimes two or even three times) should be ashamed of themselves, anyway.

I can't even believe there's people on here whining about their 'right' to eat what ever they like - as if your every idle food-related whim is worth more than the entire miserable life of the animal abused for your pleasure.

May 10, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

"Game of Thrones" Party Menu

Wasn't it Arya who liked lemon cakes? And Cersei Lannister certainly didn't make any soup! She may have served some, but not made it.

Bandwagon jumping, and badly done.

Apr 27, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Can You Eat the Rind on Brie?

I don't eat the rind. My stepmother always used to insist that I did, otherwise I wasn't allowed to eat camembert or brie. Then we went to France, and mostly they didn't eat the rind so I was vindicated and now continue leaving the rind as I please!

Apr 10, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Are Obese People Just Like Heroin Junkies?

Pomme de Guerre - not 100% of obese people have trouble controlling how much they eat. Yes, for most, it's a simple matter of eating less and moving more (and I'm speaking from experience, here, as a reformed fatty). There are some people with legitimate medical issues which cause them to gain weight, though, and just because it's acceptable to bash fat people as lazy and greedy, doesn't mean you should.

Apr 09, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Does Everybody's Pee Smell After Eating Asparagus?

Ah, asparagus is so damn wonderful it's worth the stinky wee (and yep, about ten minutes is all it takes. Crazy stuff). I am amused by the prim and huffy responses of some people, though.

Apr 04, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Season 2 of "The Pioneer Woman": Roped and Branded

Ugh. How many reviews of shows led my male chefs/cooks have you started by criticising the way they look? It made the rest of your review worthless.

Apr 01, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Supreme Court Ruling: Broccoli Sucks

Felnbad, me too. I've always adored all the green veg you're supposed to dislike as a kid - broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, peas (oh, how I love peas), spinach, the lot. Lovely stuff!

Mar 28, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

What Lasagna Taught Me About the Internet

Lasange/lasanga I'm not wildly bothered about - it's a foreign language word in the process of being Anglicised and I'm not going to worry about applying Italian grammatical rules to English (although of course if I was speaking Italian I'd be using the e/a correctly).

I do get very peevish about spelling/grammatical errors that affect the sense of a sentence (your/you're 'should of' instead of 'should've/should have', 'pacific' instead of 'specific' etc etc etc).

Mar 22, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

I Made that Spam Pudding You Love!

Vorpal - that's just mean! If you don't like the food and can't be polite enough to hide that fact, be honest and say so as pleasantly as possible. Being obviously insincere about a compliment is very unkind.

Mar 20, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

The Manhattan Diet, a Fad to Die For

A few grains of risotto on a teaspoon? Thinness is not worth that! Seriously, what is the point of being alive if you are going to spend your skinny little life starving and obsessing about grains of rice? Dear god, it's so sad.

Mar 08, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Sous-Vide Cooking in Plastic: Is It Safe?

PepinRocks - "how many of us NON plastic experts have a clue if OUR plastic wrap won't leach out toxins" - you've just been given the types of plastic that do and don't, by a plastic expert. Have a look at the wrap box and see which it is - ta da!

Honestly, though, if a scientist who knows what they're talking about mentions toxins I'll listen seriously. Anyone else mentioning 'toxins' I just tend to roll my eyes and move on. It's one of these fad words at the moment.

Mar 08, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Are Manners Getting Worse?

I disagree with the politeness thing - just this morning I had an argument with a woman who literally sat her arse down on my shoulder on the train - she looked around and decided to use another human being as a rest for her backside. People do it all the time and it's revolting and so incredibly disrespectful. The food and smoking things you've mentioned aren't questions of rudeness or politeness, not in the same way as respecting other people's personal space.

Mar 06, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Ladyspeak for Selling Booze to Ladies

Oh good grief. This is so sickening - especially that Be. crud in the Jezebel link. God forbid we ladies worry our pretty little heads actually acquire any knowledge about anything that isn't about prettyfying ourselves for the mens. Sheesh. Most of the time I'd call myself pretty traditional and not 'feminist' as such (I'm a SAHM, for example) but this sort of thing makes my blood boil.

Feb 27, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

Perfect Pimm's Cup

As a Brit, I'd never put lemon or ginger (or ginger ale) in Pimms. My family have always had Pimms with sparkling wine, lemonade, mint, cucumber and strawberries.

@ cony with everything - yep, most average pubs don't do proper Pimms. It's not generally something you'd buy as a cocktail over here, it's more a make at home or have at an event kind of thing.

Feb 20, 2012
Isobel_A in Recipes

When You Have a Kid, You Eat Crow

@Beastling - I think you read what you wanted to read, here - you expected preaching and so (somehow) managed to read that into this. Coming at it fresh - no preaching. In fact, the complete opposite - Lessley is here acknowledging that raising a baby makes your former, preachy self a laughing stock. And also, It's pretty clear that she's not a vegan and neither is the baby - cheese is his familiar friend, as you'd have discovered had you read more carefully.

Jan 25, 2012
Isobel_A in Features

The Hazards of Sharing Small Plates

Also a little jaw-dropped about the clean fork and no-double dipping advice - if you are so disgusted by your fellow diners that you couldn't take a bite out a dish that their forks had touched, why on earth are they your friends? I go for tapas/share a pudding with a friend, it's just munch as you like.

Also agree with cpeterpan - sharing a dessert with anyone of the opposite sex (who isn't family or a male friend so old and familiar that you've non-sexually shared a bed)is already kind of sexual, and I would never, EVER, share a dessert with a boss.

Dec 13, 2011
Isobel_A in Features

Who Should Pay for the Office Holiday Party?

Our team Christmas do is always a late lunch. We all slope off around 2.30 or 3pm to a local restaurant doing a Christmas menu (pre-booked). We each pay for our food in advance, usually about £25-£20, and the managers pay for the drinks out of our company entertainment budget. It works well - we get a bit of time off work to make up for having to buy our own lunch. Then again, our team are pretty social and friendly anyway.

Nov 16, 2011
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Oughta Be a Law: 10 Crimes Against Food

Bingo on the martini (although I'm a bit of a sucker for a good vodka martini)! Two parts gin/vodka, one part good dry vermouth. Three olives (or onions, I don't mind a gibson). Nothing else.

Oct 20, 2011
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Dr Pepper Ten: "Not for Women"

Direct lift of the Nestle Yorkie slogan ("It's not for girls").

Oct 13, 2011
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Even I'm Confused About Rum

Mount Gay Barbadan rum is the best rum, full stop. No discussion.

Sep 28, 2011
Isobel_A in Features

The, Um, Breast Milk in the Fridge

Going to have to agree - yes, breast feeding is wonderful for the baby, we all know this (to the point that mothers who have difficulty breast feeding feel like failures). However, not everyone needs to see the milk and the paraphanelia - keep it tucked in a bag, don't leave your pump in the sink. Simple.

Aug 09, 2011
Isobel_A in Features

How Much Should Houseguests Treat?

Man this is depressing - whatever happened to friendship? I have never, ever, expected a friend to buy me something just for staying at my house - they are my friends, and spending time with them is enjoyable. As for a lawyer who just made partner expecting to be taken to breakfast by a struggling friend - that would make that person a jerk, frankly. Seriously - what kind of a person sits there being wealthy and expects struggling friends to buy them things?

Jun 28, 2011
Isobel_A in Features

Reform School for Tightwad Tippers

I'm with Bald Lemon on this - I grew up in the UK and in NZ. I will only tip for good service - all UK (where I am now) restaurant staff must be paid at least minimum wage (£5.93 per hour), so I won't tip for bad or indifferent service. I'll leave 10% for good service, and I don't know anyone who would tip more unless the service is exceptional.

It does sound, however, that 10% is low for the US. Rest of the world, standard to high.

May 31, 2011
Isobel_A in Features

Tomato-Basil Arancini

@ genman, the recipe contains onion. Italians do like their garlic, it's true, but they don't use onion and garlic in the same recipe.

Apr 05, 2011
Isobel_A in Recipes

80's Party!!!

I think those meatballs were an American phenomenon, but stuffed mushrooms; I remember those! I used to dread dinner parties as I am not a mushroom fan and my parents always made them.

Mar 30, 2011
Isobel_A in Home Cooking

80's Party!!!

OK. It just didn't make sense to me as a response, that's all.

Mar 30, 2011
Isobel_A in Home Cooking

80's Party!!!

Sorry, lilgi, was that directed to me? If so, I'm not sure I understand why. My point was that food shouldn't be fashionable or not, *not* that prosciutto and melon is still fashionable. I couldn't care less whether it is or isn't - I like, I eat it. If I was in a restaurant and it was on the menu and I was in the mood for it I'd eat it, and I don't care whether anyone considers it passe or not. And, incidentally, I had it served to me twice the last time I was in Italy (Lago Maggiore), which was two years ago.

I'm also in Europe, not America, so maybe that makes a difference.

Mar 30, 2011
Isobel_A in Home Cooking

'fess up, "i'm a hog when it comes to eating ____ ."

- Bombay mix, the proper kind with the split peas and lentils and cashews.
- Pasta and pesto - I cannot be restrained with it, I make about 250g of dry spaghetti and eat it all (it's ridiculous, which is why I only allow myself P&P about once a month).
- Like many before me, icecream. Especially Haagen Dazs Pralines & Cream which I will eat in one sitting and only ever buy if I'm prepared to do!
- Dried apples and/or apricots, but only the proper dried leathery stuff, none of that soft squishy stuff

Mar 30, 2011
Isobel_A in General Topics

80's Party!!!

Am I alone in thinking that the word 'passe' should never be applicable to food? If it's tasty and made with good ingredients, I'm happy to eat it and fashion can keep the aitch-ee-double-hockey-sticks away from my plate!

This is especially applicable to something like melon and prosciutto, which is traditional, regional food at its heart, and was never faddy to start with.

Mar 30, 2011
Isobel_A in Home Cooking

Are condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, aioli, etc.) necessary for burgers?

I've never thought of putting brown sauce on a burger, it's a full English breakfast or bacon/sausage sarnie condiment for me. Might have to investigate. . .

Mar 28, 2011
Isobel_A in General Topics