Yes, an unusual protein but it is a real delicacy.
This is for you, from me with love 🙂
The winter will be over soon, my nectarine tree is full of buds and my daffodils are out!
Wagyu beef is fatty, but there is something special about this meat. The ratio of monounsaturated to saturated fat is much higher in Wagyu than any other beef. Monounsaturated fat could have positive effects on heart health. The serving sizes of the Wagyu dishes are very small, so if you like a big steak it is probably better to go with lean eye fillet and not Wagyu.
An interesting study on the impact of the beef steak thermal processing on degradation of good fats and levels of inflammation after the consumption of the cooked beef. Pan-fried (PF) and sous-vide (SV) thermally processed beef were compared by measuring fifteen oxidised lipids in post-meal plasma. ‘Postprandial plasma inflammatory markers tended to remain lower following the SV meal than the PF meal.’ (Food Chemistry, Volume 184, 1 October 2015, Pages 57-64)
Seaweed Wagyu Beef
During the last few decades no fat was welcomed in our kitchens. Now we are coming back to a good fat. And chefs say the duck fat is one of the must-have ingredients.
The duck fat is considered to be a good fat. The content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat is high and the content of saturated fat is very low. According to Google, the duck fat has only 10% of saturated fat. Compare that to the natural butter, which has 51% of saturated fat.
This is very fortunate because duck fat tastes great too. The traditional duck confit is not a French duck confit without a duck fat.
Cooking the whole duck is easy but the eating is simply unattractive. I had been buying only legs or fillets until one chef shared a secret for the consumption of the whole duck. I used his idea in my recipe below. Enjoy, this is a very special risotto that has an unforgettable taste.
This is just a great family meal for a winter weekend! Enjoy 🙂
Shanks meat is tough, and it is also loaded with connective tissue. There is a belief that consuming meat with connective tissue is extremely good for health. Slow cooking is a perfect way to release all the goodness of the veal.
If you like grains you will love pearl barley. This grain takes a well deserved place in the same rank with quinoa and buckwheat. Barley contains a good amount of protein that is comparable to the protein amount in quinoa and all legumes. Barley also has a very special soluble fibre. There was a study early this year to investigate the effect of barley on cholesterol metabolism. One group of hamsters was fed barley bran and another was fed oats bran. Both lowered the concentration of plasma LDL-cholesterol significantly in comparison to the control group, although barley outperformed Oats in some other parameters. In conclusion, the article states ‘These results indicate that dietary …(barley bran).. reduces the concentration of plasma LDL cholesterol by promoting the excretion of fecal lipids, and regulating the activities’ …of the special enzymes that catalyse a reduction reaction. (Food Chemistry, Volume 169, 15 February 2015, Pages 344-349)