New Year! So long 2010, hello 2011! Keeping this as short as possible because I’m going to make it pretty photo heavy, but as most of you know I’m currently in Spain and have been enjoying a rather sunny and warm lead-up to the end of 2010. So, without further ado, here’s to 2011, Feeder Lady style – also at the end of the post the two winners of my give-away! Happy New Year, kids! Warning to the vegans & vegetarians: there are quite a few ‘graphic’ raw food photos that follow after the break!
What We Saw
ZooPet in Carrefour, Cartagena.
El supermercado: Upper, La Manga; Carrefour, Cartegena.
Yes, that is a vacuum-packed frozen piglet that Momma Lee is holding, called a ‘cochinillo’. They’re a traditional meal in Spain and have been since the Romans invaded. I know it looks fairly horrendous, but you have to understand that over here it’s just food. There are about a gazillion of them in the freezer Momma Lee is standing next to, all priced at around 20 Euros. I am a person who appreciates all food, vegetable, animal or mineral, I will try most things once and I am open to all views and opinions. I will not apologise for this, nor do I feel I need to. You can either take this or leave it, but I have always been open-minded and my food blog reflects this.
What We Ate
Tagliatelle Negro at Villa Romana, Los Belones.
Dinner at La Finca, La Manga Club: goat’s cheese & walnut balls, topped with strawberry and chives on a balsamic dressing; foie gras ravioli in a truffle & vanilla sauce with spinach; pan-seared belly pork on a bed of bubble and squeak, with fresh vegetables and a duo of apple sauces; lemon tart with sorbet and ice-cream; homemade chocolate truffles with raisins and nuts.
Another small note on food choices. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this past year about the food we eat, knowing where my food comes from and how it’s treated. I buy free range for a couple of reasons, firstly because I like to know that the animals I eat lived well, secondly because, frankly, happy animals taste better. Have you ever compared a free range and caged hen’s egg? Caged hens have watery, distressed eggs that taste horrible, whereas free range is creamier and holds together more nicely. Happy animals produce happy products. But, of course, primarily I do not endorse cruelty. I’m touching on some pretty tricky subjects here, I know, and I’m still a little shaky on it all because I’m trying to learn. That’s where power lies: in knowledge.
Having said all that, one of my primary concerns has been one of my favourite foods: foie gras. Y’see, knowing how foie gras is produced makes me wonder whether or not I should really eat it. You can say that there are more humane ways, less cruel, less painful, but the fact of the matter is that it’s not a very pleasant process, and if I am a champion for fair production and living then I must have a standard for myself. That said, the foie dish pictured above shall be my last for a while, at least until I know more about the processes of production, the farms from which my food is sourced and what I choose to eat. I’m not condemning it for you, it is delicious and this is the dilemma, but I personally need to set my own standards and ethics in order to make my own informed choices. 2011 shall be about learning for me.
Dinner a mi casa for New Year’s Eve! Tomato, avocado & baby gem lettuce salad; homemade pulpo gallega (octopus ‘Galician style’), Momma Lee’s “surprise” ham, roast chicken, Coca-Cola ham, Vodka Gummi Bears.
The People That Won
Yes, the winners of my give-away! First the winner of the 2 Tortilla vouchers is…
And finally, the winner of the ‘I Am A Feeder’ baby mug from Emma Bridgewater is…
Rich from Oil & Butter!
Congrats Rich! Please email me your details and I’ll arrange getting the mug out to you! Rich’s answer was: “I would probably feed a bunch of French peasants some cake. It’s what Marie Antoinette would have wanted.”
It was super tricky picking a winner, I narrowed it down to my top 3 favourites, then Momma Lee, Brother, Brother’s Flatmate & I all voted, there was a tie so we put the 2 choices into a random generator, and Rich was the winner! Congrats Rich, and thanks to everybody for entering – you all had fantastic answers! And many of you, it seems, would like to feed me ;) I’m going to take you up on that, regardless!
And so now I bid you adieu with this beautiful video of myself, Momma Lee, Brother & Brother’s flatmate all attempting to stuff 12 grapes in our mouth at the 12 strokes of midnight.
Until next time then, friends, happy new year & peace and love.