No meat for you!

Good morning everyone,

I'm not sure what time the rain came last night, but it was definitely after I'd already gone to bed. It's still raining now, but it'll be finished by the time most of us head out to work. The rest of the day will be cloudy with a high of 13C. They've changed the forecast for the rest of the week-it'll still be cool for this time of year, but highs should get up to around 10C everyday. We can expect mostly sunny weather to continue for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday? Who knows? Ha ha!

The problem with having lazy days is that it makes it really difficult to write a blog the next morning! Ha ha!

Actually, I wasn't lazy at all yesterday! I took out the garbage, did the grocery shopping, went for a 1hr run, cleaned the shower, swept and vacuumed all the rooms, scrubbed the toilet, made my lunch for today, and did the laundry. It isn't so much that I was lazy, but rather that I didn't do anything interesting enough to write about...ha ha!

Well, yesterday I tried making 'pork brisket' (Japanese know it as 'buta no kakuni') with a recipe that one student had passed on me...just use pork belly (buta bara) and Coke (or Pepsi if you prefer). I threw in a couple of pieces of ginger and 1kg of pork and a 500mL bottle of Coke. After an hour or so, I tried it and it was ok. It wasn't as sweet as you would think, but there was still something missing, so I decided to add a few tablespoons of soy sauce. Then I boiled it for another hour or so and it turned out pretty good.
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However, I think I'll stick with the old recipe I was using before. It was great! The recipe I used before was more like Okinawan-style pork brisket. I'll try it the next time I make brisket-like in about 3 months or so (once every 3 months is enough brisket for me! It tastes great, it's just too rich for me).

Speaking of rich, our kids might have to be rich if they plan on eating meat at all according to some economists.
meat shortage
With increased wealth in China and India, we are likely to see more and more demand for meat from those countries, driving up the prices. And as the population of the world continues to increase, there will be less and less land to raise animals on. These two factors will combine to make most of us vegetarians again-apparently by the year 2050! That's not that far away-I doubt I'll be around to see it, but most people younger than me will. Meat will be only for the very wealthy or will be eaten as a treat at weddings and Christmas only for the average family. I don't know about you, but I find it a bit hard to believe that things will change that dramatically in such a short time. How about you? Do you think there'll be a meat shortage in less than 40 years?

Have a great day! (and enjoy your hamburgers while you can!)

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