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Author:  BullwinkleII [ Jul 29th, '16, 19:59 ]
Post subject:  Eating trends and the absurdity of the human condition

from a random wikipedia page...

Prior to this time, lobster was considered a mark of poverty or as a food for indentured servants or lower members of society in Maine, Massachusetts, and the Canadian Maritimes, and servants specified in employment agreements that they would not eat lobster more than twice per week.[31] Lobster was also commonly served in prisons, much to the displeasure of inmates.[32] American lobster was initially deemed worthy only of being used as fertilizer or fish bait, and until well into the 20th century, it was not viewed as more than a low-priced canned staple food.[33]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobster

Author:  RJD2 [ Jul 29th, '16, 21:48 ]
Post subject:  Re: Eating trends and the absurdity of the human condition

I guess if you think about it, it does taste kind of crappy unless you drown it in butter. What doesn't taste good drowned in butter?

And that texture... :dontknow:

Guess they killed off the population feeding them to all the peasants so now it's a supply/demand thing.

Author:  Mel Redcap [ Jul 30th, '16, 08:43 ]
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Lobster, oysters, foie gras, polenta, and sushi. :D http://www.cracked.com/article_17246_wh ... cheap.html

Author:  Yavimaya [ Jul 30th, '16, 09:03 ]
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a lot of foods and spices have gone through such periods.

Author:  dlf_perth [ Jul 30th, '16, 09:19 ]
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turnips and pumpkins etc are classics - they were only considered for stock food and the desperate.

Author:  BullwinkleII [ Jul 30th, '16, 13:09 ]
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Old retired italian fishermen would hang around the docks not that long ago and get handed a bucket of by-catch when the boats landed.

There would be such inedibles as squid and Moreton Bay bug (or just "Bugs" if you live elsewhere in Australia (restaurants often have "bugs" on their menu, and these are typically our local variety. I caught one in a crab net once just off a local Adelaide beach, but until then I had no idea they were here. I looked into it as is my way, and found there is a decent trade in them. I think we don't talk about it much because the Moreton Bay bug has that premium price tag on it)

These things look ancient. Moreton Bay bug. They also look like a big version of something I might find under a brick.

This variety even more so

Anyway, all this stuff was once bycatch and used for bait or tossed overboard.

Author:  earthbound [ Jul 30th, '16, 15:32 ]
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In the past offal and obscurities were for the upper class and those who could afford it while the normal flesh of animals was for the poor and lower classes. :bootyshake:

But I think by far the most absurd is the latest trend, death by food, or rather diet... :dontknow:

Author:  BullwinkleII [ Jul 30th, '16, 21:11 ]
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dlf_perth wrote:
turnips and pumpkins etc are classics - they were only considered for stock food and the desperate.


A friend/now sister in law from Canada recently found herself eating something from a street stall somewhere a bit up and a bit to the left of Australia (I cant remember where) that turned out to be pumpkin. She loved it, but had never eaten it before.

She's 30 years old.

Author:  BullwinkleII [ Jul 30th, '16, 21:23 ]
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earthbound wrote:
In the past offal and obscurities were for the upper class and those who could afford it while the normal flesh of animals was for the poor and lower classes. :bootyshake:

But I think by far the most absurd is the latest trend, death by food, or rather diet... :dontknow:


Are you calling me abslurd*! :drunken:

:)


Watching a 3yo girl have a tantrum because the pack of twisties they got for dinner was not a big pack is kind of heart breaking.

It seems very tricky though. I have a friend who is trying to do the right thing by his two daughters, and he finds himself torn between birthday invitations and the fear they may be introduced to their first non-water drink in their lives. Pepsi will find you eventually.

What do you do when your healthy kid who doesn't even know that fast food exists, gets invited to a Hungry Jack's (burger king) birthday party? It could be the social event of the year for their little 5yo selves.

I don't have children, so I'm off to eat some salt cured, deep fried liver.


*(c)

Author:  RJD2 [ Jul 31st, '16, 03:19 ]
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Kids sure are fat these days.

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