Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Squirrel's Nut Cache - 12/9/2010

The Nut Cache - a collection of recent things I found interesting, or amusing, or nutworthy.

Everybody always wonders what to serve at the holiday family gatherings. Should we have turkey again this year? Or maybe a roast? Or something else? And our helpful grocers are always ready with a suggestion or two. Most of the time, the suggestions are very good, but, other times... Well... Let's just say that not all suggestions are created equal. Like suggesting a nice boneless, spiral cut ham as "Delicious for Chanukah." (h.t. Speli)

News from the front lines of the Great Rodent Uprising: It shouldn't come as any surprise that squirrels like trees. They're our homes, our playgrounds, our refuges. Sure, we'll put up with a bird house or two, and maybe a treehouse for the kids. And we don't mind the Christmas lights -- Really, we don't. We just don't want you to leave them up all year... at least not without suitable financial recompense. We're not grinches, or anything like that. We just require a little respect, is all. You disregard this warning, and you'll be sorry!

Okay, this is a bit creative: Most people don't care for snakes. (I don't mind snakes, but I certainly don't like snakes... If you like snakes, that's your business. I don't need to know.) Some drug dealers, it seems, are using peoples dislike of snakes as a form of protection. Recently, Italian police had to deal with a large snake who was guarding a stash of cocaine. The article said, "Officers had to feed the snake a whole chicken to prevent it from attacking." Sounds like a good deal for the snake. For the chicken? Not so much...

Rat curry is not normally on the menu in the dining hall at Rajshahi University in Bangladesh. (Nor will rat curry ever be featured in any The Squirrel Can Cook posts...) But a recent rat infestation coupled with a student's claim to have found a rat head in his chicken curry prompted demonstrations by hundreds of angry students demanding punishment for the chef. The chef, it seems, has been suspended, and is under investigation by the police. After all the cases of weird things that people have claimed to have found in their food that have turned out to be hoaxes, I'm wondering if this isn't some college prank gone awry. Does seem like they've got a rat problem, though. I wonder if they could borrow that python from those Italian drug dealers?

Well, here's a restaurant who's seasonal menu isn't a hoax. The Caffe Boa in Tempe, Arizona, is offering an all-reindeer menu for Christmas. Now, I've eaten a lot of antelope, deer and elk, growing up in Montana. I've even had some reindeer. Mighty tasty stuff, if you ask me. I think I'd get along just fine with the folks at the Caffe Boa. It seems that, last Easter season, they had an all-bunny menu. Yup, I like these folks!

And the Nuttiness goes on and on...

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