How Rabbit Meat Helps Win Wars Then and Now

Rabbit meatWay back in the 1940s and 1950s, through the lean times of the Depression, rabbit meat was a popular protein source. During World War II, these were raised in the backyard to put food on the table while food supplies were being shipped to the soldiers fighting the war. It helped win the war then, but soon after, its popularity waned.

In fact, the thought of rabbits ushers other images- pets, cartoons and mascots. Considering its nutritional value, it is an amazing source of healthy and cheap meat. Top Market Meats’ Rabbit Nutritional Facts says, “Rabbit meat is high in protein, low in fat and half the calories of pork.   Also rabbit meat is an all-white meat which makes this suitable for many diets.”

More Reasons to Include Rabbit Meat in the Diet

There are many other reasons why rabbit meat is good for you. Check out the 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Rabbit Meat  according to Rise and Shine Rabbitry: [Read more…]

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Shisa Nyama is How South Africans Burn Meat in a Delicious Way

Shisa nyama

Credit: Derek Clark

Things would be so much easy to understand if you’ll use the word “barbecue.” After all, that word is universally used and understood. But if you will go to South Africa and you like to devour meat grilled over hot coals, you have to use the word “shisa yama.”

Incidentally, the word has taken many forms to mean the same “things.” Jan Braai of explains about the word in the post What is Chisa Nyama?

What is Chisa Nyama? What is Chesa Nyama? What is Shisa Nyama? What is Shisanyama? They are all the same thing. They are Zulu terms for braaing. The first word in all of them:

Chisa, Chesa, Shisa are different ways of spelling the same thing, and its literal meaning is “burn”. The second word in the phrase, “Nyama” means “meat”.

So the literal defenition of “Chisa Nyama” is “Burn Meat”. But it does not refer to burnt meat. “Chisa Nyama” means “braai”. As is the case with the word “braai”, Chisa Nyama is used as a verb and as a noun. [Read more…]

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Cured Meats and Antipasto: A Prelude to an Exciting Meal

Appetizers Using Cured Meats – Casual Eating

Truly, much of the human successes has come from a motivation of necessity. The ingenious use of salt to prevent spoilage of meat antedates written history. The Mesopotamians used it to extend the life of their meats and fish as early as 3000 B.C.E.

Meanwhile, smoking  is an ancient method of food preservation. Archaeological evidence indicates that people in the medieval Europe during the 9th century smoked their meats slaughtered in the fall to last through the winter. Today, salting and smoking still continue to be practiced – though not so much to preserve meats, but for the interesting flavor that smoke adds and the quaint taste that are created for cured meats. [Read more…]

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