Monday, June 23, 2008

Eating a cow, week by week



We Londoners have a strange relationship with meat, consuming it voraciously but preferring to ignore its bloody origins and turn up our noses at the rarer cuts. So, in a unique experiment, Time Out decided to buy a cow, cut it up and eat the lot; look out for our series of recipes and cooking tips

Week one: butchery
Week two: the tongue
Week three: ageing
By the time I read this much, I was grossed out enough to shut the book (Time out London) and feel helpless in this hypocrite world. And no, it wasn't because I am a vegetarian, I tested the article on my meat-eating partner and he was equally, if not more, ewwwwwwwwww.

Double standards at its selfish best when you take a picnic to a farm and play with the pink piglets and then buy beef barbecue kits from the supermarket on your way back home and then cry 'ewwwwwww' when you see an article like this or when you see a 'free range' programme on the TV showing animals being tortured for meat.

The article goes on to say....
You’ll feel a sense of satisfaction in having paid respect to the magnificent animal that provided your dinner. So go on – have (eat) a heart.
So what crossed your mind when you saw the picture and the article?

PS: Surprising that they have decided to leave the cow's brain, eyes etc untouched. The penis wasn't spared though!

30 comments:

Viajero said...

Week four: Mad cow disease ;)

When I saw he pic I felt tat it was a bull.....
and I am goin veg...hv stopped animal products, nw sea food remains

PS : http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2008/06/wee-hours-of-morning.html
engane undu? :)

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...
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~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

Well when i saw the pic first, i thought it was out of some 8th std biology text(That wd give u an idea, how much i rem that subject). I'm planning to go veggie, not coz i love animals or am sad about them being butchered. Just that many ppl say that veggie's put on less weight and all those who saw me after 7 months had just one thing to comment upon-My increasing size!

PS: One doubt, COW and PENIS???????

Nitai said...

We Londoners...hmmmm :-))

Viajero said...

@abhi

It is a bull thats given in the pic :D

PS: Overlooked the pic :D

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Viajero,
Good for you and for the animals who didn't have to see your alimentary canal!
:)

Abhi,
Blame it on the magazine! I guess they call everything that becomes beef for them a cow here!

Nitai,
That's an excerpt from the magazine. You'll never hear something like that from me, that's for sure.

Looks like you guys didn't find the article gross. So it's just me then!

Nikhil Narayanan said...

This is YUCK!!!
Bluck!!
I don't eat beef and mutton.
And almost stopped chicken.

There is this place on my way to work where Mutton is displayed in its full shape and size...nothing but a fleeced goat. I turn my head to everyday when I reach this spot.

shobna said...

I completely agree with you and 2 3 days ago I also thought to publish a post on this issue and why cow even the no of ants we kill is also cruel. But do we think?

Nitai said...

Sorry, didn't note that the starting few lines were from the magazine, thought you had praphrased the content :-)

By the way, it is indeed, gross to treat any living creature thus. While science justifies dissection for the nobler good of mankind, there is no way the meat 'enthusisasts' can justify this bordering-on-insane attempt to satisfy the taste buds.

themidnightspecial said...

I didn't read the article, but hey, in the US, specifically in Texas and Lousiana, there are steak houses where such a picture serves as the menu- decide which part of the body you like best.

We are no better in India- brain masal is an all time favourite with many mutton lovers (myself included). One of the most prized kabas is Khiri Kabab which is made of cow udders- I can go on, but then I can see you getting grossed out.

T.O.

Anonymous said...

The female obsession with a penis will never stop. Now you seem unwilling to even spare a cow's. I pity your man.

virdi said...

hehehehe... whats with these people?? :D nonsense...

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Nikhil,
@Almost stopped chicken! :)
Hens and their family would like to know why you haven't spared them.

Shobna,
Hmmm now that's a different take. So no killing of mosquitoes even?

Nitai,
It hurt bad btw :(

Midnight special,
Don't know what to say :(
I guess the argument to support this is that, if you managed to kill an animal for food, you might as well eat whatever you can from it rather than kill another one. This will ultimately save the number of cows you will have to kill assuming that your appetite remains constant over the time.
It's just that the way these animals are treated and also the methods used to kill them wouldn't be very appeasing if you were to watch them everytime you had another juicy steak. Not pointed at you ms, it's a general rant towards all non-vegetarians who just don't care or who care, but don't act on it.

Anon,
** ***** and go to hell. My man and I pity you too!

Virdi,
Some people who we are forced to share this planet with. Kya kare!

Nikhil Narayanan said...

Correction, stopped.
Hope the hens are all happy happy now.

Anonymous said...

I am a non vegetarian and would be one.But i dont know if anyone would eat Cow.Beef is not cow.Its Bull

Macadamia The Nut said...

I dunno...
I love carrots... but hate peas
:D
I can't stand jackfruit but love peaches...

Similarly I love some types of meat and can't stand the thought of eating others...

:D But my reaction to your "P.S." was a loud EWWWWWWWWWWCK!!
GAG! GASP!!

Hemanth Potluri said...

yucky ..i cant do it...lol...anyways nice post...

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Nik,
I'll ask them and let you know!

Anon,
It doesn't matter. That's hardly the point.

MTN,
Point taken. @Hate peas - gosh, the world would be worse off for me without peas and jackfruit in them!

Hemanth,
Tx!

Anonymous said...

We do not see frequent posts - Priority change? or God forbid - nothing to write abt?

Rinchen said...

I'm slowly beginning to realize that maybe all red meat arent so good for the body. Avoiding beef and mutton and chicken's not available here due to stupid bird flu outbreak scare (that doesnt seem to end soon)

Nirvana says its ok to eat fish cause they dont have any feelings :)

Anonymous said...

maasam onnayallo priye... oru post irakkiyittu.

People like us sitting jobless in IT companies are eagerly waiting for a new entry....

Hoping to see a new entry...

Viajero said...

Hi back from Kerala? :)

Waiting for the update ....

kochuthresiamma p .j said...

the nazranis in kerala too have this special relationship with meat-particularly beef. we dont spare the brain too- supposed to b the tastiest part of the cow. but of late people have become health conscious. they avoid the brain 'cos it is believed to be the transmitter of mad cow disease. in face beef consumption too has come down - not out of any anti cruelty to animal attitude, though.

Dewdrop said...

Uff, thats gross. Btw, why no updates in the blog?

rinchen said...

Yeah, why no updates in the blog?

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Sreedevi said...

Londoners are also known for their love towards pet animals. But it’s a pity they don’t realize the cruelty being done to other animals.

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Yes indeed. They spend a small fortune on their pet accessories, pet food and pet insurance :)