March 6, 2009

Carnivore's pigs in a blanket

I needed a filling snack after losing 40 pounds sweating at '80s night, and I didn't have a whole lot left since I forgot to go to the grocery store today. Like all great food, necessity is the mother of invention.

I took a beef hot dog and cut it into 3 pieces, each about 2 inches long, and cooked it in no oil for about 15 min. But instead of some high-carb wrapping, I took 3 long pieces of pastrami, also about 2 inches wide, and slathered a little mayonnaise and hot sauce on them. Then I rolled those around the hot dog pieces. Damn good.

I'd done it before with a slice of pancetta instead of hot dog, but this was much more filling. Serve with a little bit of marcona almonds in olive oil, and some honeybush tea, and you're good to go.


  1. Sounds good. Here's one you've probably not heard of, a "Sonoran Hotdog", made with hot dog, bacon, grilled onion, fresh onion, tomatoes, mustard and mayo, jalapeno sauce.

    Thoroughly unhealthy but oh, so delicious.

    Here's how they're made:

  2. Agnostic, I recall you making a comment or post at GNXP where you seemed skeptical of the low-carb diets, that adaptations of agricultural populations toward a carb diet probably makes a big difference. Any particular data that swayed you to high carb diets being a more universal, cross-population concern? Taubes's book?

    While I admire the audacity of meat exemplified by your snack, I find using large leaves of lettuce as a substitute for bread pretty satisfying. I like the contrast of the crisp, crunchy texture with the meat and other fillings and it's good to have some roughage in the mix.

  3. I've always thought that the differences across population in obesity are due to length of time since they adopted agriculture (and not the Thrifty Genotype idea). The only thought I've had about the cause of obesity in individuals is that pathogens are involved, such as adenoviruses.

    Taubes' book convinced me that dietary carbs are a huge factor in causing obesity, etc., in individuals.

    It started in that thread you're talking about -- I knew carbs were a source of energy, unlike protein, but I didn't know that fats had more than twice the energy of carbs. I've never had to worry about weight, so never really looked into it.

    So I experimented with a very low-carb, high-fat diet and instantly got pumped full of energy, an improved mood, etc. That's what lead me to read Taubes' book -- to see why.

  4. Leafy green vegetables -- blech. Pickles, if they're not loaded with sugar, are about the only vegetable I eat. Nice and crunchy, but they have more taste than other greens, and they go great with cold cuts, burgers, etc.

    I tried eating my vegetables for awhile, but most of the good-tasting ones cause bloating and farting -- and that ain't cool. Red cabbage, onions, cauliflower, etc.

    Stuffing mushrooms is another good way to replace bread. Just take a big mushroom cap, fill it with pepperoni, and bake it for 10 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil. If you're lactose tolerant, melt some cheese on top by putting it under the broiler.

  5. Leafy green vegetables simply need proper preparation. For example, I like to take assorted salami slices and fry it lightly in a huge slab of butter, then pour the resulting mixture on a huge serving of rocket (eruca sativa). Perhaps topped with some freshly shaved Parmesan. Rocket is a superior counterpoint to the fat from the butter and salami. Bell peppers are another excellent choice.


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