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Grotesque or Gourmet? #3: Balut

Grotesque or Gourmet? #3: Balut

Don’t get me wrong, I love boiled eggs. Seriously, I like them way too much; I just prefer mine without feathers or beaks.

That sound you just heard is your soul dying just a little bit.

Balut is a fertilized duck egg that is boiled and eaten in the shell. Balut is commonly sold as a street food in the Phillippines and rumored to be an aphrodisiac.

The development of the egg before it can be cooked is a matter of local preference. In the Philippines, the ideal balut is 17 days old. The chick inside is not old enough to have developed a beak or feathers and the bones are undeveloped. The Vietnamese tend prefer their balut mature from 19 days up to 21 days, when the chick is old enough to be recognizable as a baby duck (cringe) and has bones that will be firm but tender when cooked (shudder).

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May 9, 20121 comment
Grotesque or Gourmet? #2: Kopi Luwak

Grotesque or Gourmet? #2: Kopi Luwak

Yes, this is exactly what it looks like.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “This coffee tastes like poo”? Well, some people think that is a good thing. Kopi luwak is an expensive ($35-70 per cup) coffee made from the beans of coffee berries that have been digested by the Asian Palm Civet and then excreted. The coffee beans are then washed thouroughly, dried in the sun, and lightly roasted.

Ahhh, he's getting ready to make coffee for us.

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May 8, 20120 comments
Titanic Fact #7: Last Meal

Titanic Fact #7: Last Meal

The last meal enjoyed by the first class passengers included oysters, salmon in mousseline sauce, filet mignon lili, sauté of chicken lyonnaise, lamb in mint sauce, roast squab, pate de foie gras, and several other courses. The upcoming 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking has prompted quite a few restaurants to offer recreations of the ship’s last meal.

Reliving Titanic’s Last Meal

Cullen’s Houston Recreates Titanic’s Last Meal

Stop back tommorrow for more interesting Titanic Facts and mark your calendar for Titanic: 100 Years Later at the Fairmount Branch on April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

April 1, 20120 comments
In Poor Taste

In Poor Taste

Do you recognize this chart of the taste regions of the tongue?

Forget you ever saw it. Scientists now believe that all taste sensations come from all parts of the tongue. Many of us were taught that different tastes come from different regions of the tongue, but this is most likely due to a misinterpretation of a paper published in 1901 that showed minute differences in flavor detection levels across the tongue. Another thing missing from the chart is the fifth widely recognized taste, “umami.” Umami is the savory taste of nucleotides and glutamate. Cheese, mushrooms, and fish are all foods that have a high concentration of umami.

While we are on the topic of taste; tastes in books, movies, and music can be even more varied than tastes in foods.  It is likely the Davenport Public Library has something to suit your reading/viewing/listening desires.  Visit www.davenportlibrary.com to search our selection. If you don’t see what you are looking for, the staff at the Reference Desk can request to borrow your desired item from outside of the RiverShare system.

March 14, 20120 comments