Lunchtime Review : Stromboli

In which I roll up bread and meat and cheese and create food heaven.

The Menu.

Ingredients: Bread and Meat

Preparation: Roll it up and bake it

Cost:Several pigs

Amuse-bouche

I love my traditional English Easter dinner, other than Christmas it is a chance to have a large family dinner with a pile of food. A great part about being married to an American-Italian-German is that food is an important part of Easter.

When we have partaken in dinner in NY I have been sent on epic quests just to locate a piece of meat. If I’d asked someone back home in England to drive 30 miles just to purchase a piece of meat they would call me crazy…however that meat, it tasted good. I mean real good. Even when my body started screaming at me that I’d eaten more pork than I should, I still needed to keep eating.

It wasn’t like I went into dinner on an empty stomach, beforehand I’d eaten some slices of Stromboli. If you’re sitting there with no idea what this is, as I didn’t before meeting my wife, it is possibly classified as humanity’s greatest gastronomical invention (along with garlic bread or pigs in blankets).

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Meat, the real five a day

In which I refuse to eat the food my food eats

Mrs G will tell you that I have a varied diet, as long as varied means “heavily biased towards meat”. If the average human is an omnivore, and about 7% of the UK population are vegetarian, then to even out the numbers I have to be 98% carnivore (the remaining 2% is mainly garlic bread).

PHOTO-Bacon Garlic Bread

I’ve been told that some sort of vegetation is essential in your diet, apparently for the nutrients and health reasons. I’m not convinced by this and I’m sure this is just propaganda put forward by the Illettuceami of the world. Eating leaves of any plant still tastes like eating grass. I understand the aesthetic value of salad but as an essential, or even headline act, it’s just doesn’t feel right to me.

This means I need to choose some meat.

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These are a few of my favourite foods

In which the only thing better than bacon is more bacon.

I am a man of simple tastes. I know what I like to eat and what I don’t. In simple terms I won’t generally eat food that are:

  • Grown in the ground (vegetables)
  • Offal
  • Based upon mouldiness (mushrooms and cheese)

If I was biologically able I would be a full-blown carnivore. Apparently though the human species is meant to be omnivorous, and can even survive being a herbivore. I think of it this way, if we were not meant to eat bacon (or steak, lamb chops, roast chicken, etc) then why does it taste so good? Nature has developed a way of preventing us from eating food that is bad for us. It makes it taste nasty; like poisonous berries or sprouts.

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