Monday, September 29, 2014

Poulet de Bresse: The best chicken you’ll never have (in Canada)

Several months ago, I received an unexpected e-mail from one Amanda Nelson of Delta, B.C. She wanted to know if I would be interested in sampling the Bresse chicken she raises on her farm with her husband, Matthew.

The default answer to an offer like this is pretty clear: When can I get some? Bresse chicken, renowned for its deep, gamy flavour and succulent skin, is widely considered the finest chicken in the world. But there was a problem. Nelson’s offer, however drool-worthy, didn’t make sense. Bresse chicken comes from La Bresse, France. It is, like the very best French wine and cheese, an AOC product, which is to say, rigidly controlled by the French government.

True poulet de Bresse may only be raised in the region of Bresse, and only from the local breed of chickens, Bresse gauloise. These special chickens are reared outdoors for several weeks, so their flesh is infused with the flavour of all the local bugs, leaves and seeds that grow in Bresse, before finally being fattened on a diet of grain soaked in buttermilk so that richly flavoured flesh becomes wrapped in a layer of succulent fat.

Since chicken from France can’t legally be imported into Canada, the stuff is basically contraband. So what, exactly, was Amanda Nelson hawking?
Stupid government quotas!

10 Things to Do With Banana Peels

Perfect sliced on a bowl of cereal, blended in a smoothie, or just enjoyed by itself as an afternoon snack, the banana is the most popular fruit in the United States. According to the Lempert Report, 96 percent of U.S. consumers report buying bananas once a month. The fruit even comes with its own convenient packaging, a peel that doubles as a mess-free way to hold it. And when you’re done, you just discard the peel like any old wrapper. But should you?
Totally going to try wrapping them around tomato starts next season!

Speed Onion Chopping

Onions everywhere!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dennis Kimetto Sets World Mark at Berlin Marathon

Dennis Kimetto knocked 26 seconds off the world marathon record Sunday as the sub-two hour mark moved a step closer.

The 30-year-old Kenyan won the 41st edition of the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds, becoming the first man to complete a marathon in under 2 hours, 3 minutes.

The previous record of 2:03:23 was set by another Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang, in Berlin last year.

"I feel good today for today is a big day for me," Kimetto said. "The fans made me confident and I thought I could do it."

Second-placed Emmanuel Mutai also beat the previous record, finishing in 2:03:13, and he believes a two-hour marathon is possible. [Continue]
A two-hour marathon will probably happen within a decade.

Pho Sandwich

Sold at Sunny and Annies Gourmet Deli NYC
Avocado in pho?