Archive for March, 2012

Would You Eat Fake Chicken?

March 15, 2012

When I was younger, chicken in varied forms was served regularly, and a whole chicken in my family could feed us for days. We had chopped chicken liver, breaded chicken cutlets, chicken soup, chicken salad, and what my grandmother called the “pupik”, a Yiddish term for belly button. I still don’t know what that actually was, since I’ve now learned that chickens do not have belly buttons. Hmmm… But anyway, we used the chicken fat we got from cooking the skin, to cook up the “pupik”, and the other stuff that came in that little plastic bag inside the cavity. I don’t think any part of the chicken was wasted. Today, I can’t remember the last time I had chicken. I’m not vegan, but I don’t eat beef, pork, or fowl, and haven’t for years.

The majority of the meat substitutes out there contain way too many ingredients. They are my idea of vegetarian fast food, and I believe they should be consumed sparingly.  So when I read an article from the NY Times (see it at, about a new vegan chicken substitute, I was intrigued.  Whether it actually lives up to it’s hype remains to be seen.  Now if they could only invent vegan “pupik”…

To your health and happiness,

Tami Rac