My work schedule hasn’t changed for over a decade: I work seven consecutive ten-hour graveyard shifts, and then I get a week off. I often end up working many holidays, but thankfully, Independence Day coincided with my regularly-scheduled break, so I happily kicked back with family and friends both outdoors (e.g. swimming and fireworks!) and indoors (e.g. quality boob tube time).
But with the kids back at day camp today, I’m back to work at my second job, busily compiling links for my Forky Friday round-up. This week, I link to stories about some of your best choices for protein, how utensils influence the taste of your dish, folks going bonkers for cronuts, and a bunch of tasty Paleo-friendly recipes.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Although many folks endorse eating kangaroos as a more sustainable source of meat, it turns out that many Australians are reluctant to eat the flesh of their national emblem. Most Aussies say that they can’t bear the thought of eating Skippy the Bush Kangaroo—the star of a children’s TV show from the 1960s.
Hey, if all kangaroos played the drums with this much skill, I’d pass on the ‘roo meat, too.
The Perfect Protein
Speaking of sustainability, we all know that when it comes to seafood, we should select the more sustainable varieties. But where do we start?
In Andy Sharpless’s powerfully concise tome, Perfect Protein, he sets forth an easy-to-remember rule of thumb: “Eat wild seafood. Not too much of the big fish. Mostly local.”
For the Clif Notes version, check out this recap from OnEarth. Better yet, get yourself a copy of the book.
Whatever Happened To The Wiener Eater?
Perhaps you scanned the paper this morning and saw that top-ranked competitive eater Joey Chestnut downed a record 69 (!) franks yesterday at the world-famous Fourth of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition on Coney Island. And then you thought to yourself, “whatever happened to that skinny little Japanese guy who was out-eating everyone a few years back?”
Wonder no more. Everything you wanted to know about Takeru Kobayashi is laid out in this fascinating profile.
Pick Your Utensils Carefully
Did you know that your utensils might influence how your food tastes and how much you eat? Read (and listen) by clicking here.
Ma’am, I’ve Tried Your Amniotic Fluid, And It Tastes Like Bacon
Fascinating: researchers say that when you’re pregnant, your amniotic fluid tastes like what you ate. Yum?
While we’re on the subject of baby-making, there are two fantastic books on the market about healthy Paleo pregnancies (and how to feed your kidlets, too): Kristen Michaelis’s Beautiful Babies and Peggy Emch’s Primal Moms Look Good Naked. Check ‘em out, Paleo Procreators.
Troubleshoot Your ‘Booch
This summer, I’ve had great success fermenting batch after batch of kombucha. If you’ve been having problems with your fermented home-brew, check out these great troubleshooting tips.
Bruni on Deen
Paula Deen’s been dropped faster than a fiery bag of scat by almost all of her sponsors. This op/ed piece by Frank Bruni pretty accurately captures my feelings about the situation.
Will %@#! For Cronuts
I understand that lots of folks are still trying to slay the sugar dragon, but this cronut craze has gone too far (NSFW).
Last but not least, it’s time for some delicious, Paleo-friendly recipes!
You know I’m a sucker for combining crunchy bacon and creamy guacamole (exhibit A: Bacon & Guacamole Sammies), so these Mini Bacon Guacamole Cups from All Day I Dream About Food have captured my heart.
Continuing with the bacon theme, these bacon-wrapped chicken wings from Leite’s Culinaria look lip-smackin’, finger-lickin’ good, don’t you think?
And because no one can live on bacon alone (except for possibly George), why not try these refreshing side dishes?
Now go outside and run around with your friends!