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  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:05 am on August 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Breakfast foods, , , even healthy and delicious food, exotic products, Fauna of Africa, , Fried egg, local food, , , organic supermarket, , Ostrich, , , Whole Foods   

    Ostrich Egg 

    A new Whole Foods store opened right near my work. Whole Foods is an overpriced, somewhat organic supermarket, with a somewhat-premium selection. The problem with normal supermarkets is that they sell a mind-numbing variety of food that ranges from unhealthy to the point of poisonous, to very untasty at low, low prices. Whole Foods sells decent, and sometimes even healthy and delicious food, but at a budget breaking prices. They also sometimes have exotic products, and because of that provide me with material for Gastronomic Adventures.

    Today on the menu: ostrich egg. It cost me $29, and apparently it was a pricing mistake – it now cost $39. Even though they are big, they are fricking expensive. Notice the “local” tag. Eating local food is all the rage these days thanks to The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and apparently there’s an ostrich farm somewhere in New York.

    As tempting as the microwave experiment looked, and as high as the novelty value of the Scotch ostrich egg is, I decided on a more conventional recipe.

    After taking a hammer to the egg, I fried some up and baked the rest.

    While the taste was similar to chicken eggs,

    the texture was completely different. The fried egg white felt stringy, almost like noodles, and very, very tasty.

    The baked yolk was creamy and without that sulfury taste that chicken egg yolks sometimes have. The whole thing was very tasty. If not for the price, I’d be eating ostrich eggs much more frequently.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:53 pm on June 4, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andhra cuisine, Boiled egg, Breakfast, Breakfast foods, Chutney, , , , Gujarati cuisine, , Karnataka cuisine, Rajasthani cuisine   

    Why Have a Lesser Eviil For Breakfast? 

    My wife was making boiled eggs for breakfast for the first time in a long time. She seemed to forget that the eggs will crack if put into hot water, and thus created a replica of a certain Great Old One. He was very tasty with some chutney from farmer’s market.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:16 pm on February 17, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Andrews, , Brassica, Breakfast foods, , , Haggis, Hamburger, Leaf vegetables, , , Rutabaga, , , , St. Andrews bar, Turnip   

    Ach, Mate, Say “Australian for Beer”. Please? 

    I have a friend who married a Scot and moved away to Scotland. In fact marrying men from exotic locales seems to be a trend amongst my female Russian friends – another one married an Australian.

    It’s almost ironic that my favorite bar in New York is a Scottish bar called St. Andrews (which is also a place in Scotland where my friend used to live). St. Andrews the bar is characterized by an amazing selection of whisky, good atmosphere, good food (there’s a restaurant in the back), moderate prices and friendly kilt-wearing waiters with Scottish accents.

    Recently I braced myself and ordered haggis. It’s a widely known “scary” dish which is a sausage made out of various organ meats. It is served with obscene sounding “neeps and tatties” (mashed turnips and potatoes).

    At St. Andrews it was served the following way : a layer of the abovementioned “neeps and tatties”, then a layer of contents of haggis sausage (which is somewhat similar in texture to ground hamburger), then another layer of “neeps and tatties”.

    It certainly did not smell as some cartoons would make you believe. In fact it was very tasty. The puree/meat combination was very nice. The haggis itself tasted like very tasty hamburger. Low grade meats rule!

    St. Andrews bar is located at 120 W 44th St, Between 6th & Broadway.

    The most exotic Australian thing that I had was kangaroo jerky that my friend brought me from her trip to Australia. It tasted a lot like chicken jerky :)

     
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