Last Sweet Blast for This Season

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For anyone who’d like caramels and/or truffles from me, now’s the time to step up! I’ll be offering some new flavors, as well as a few favorites, and would be delighted to create a gift of sweets for you to give on that manufactured celebration of love day [not that I’m jaded or anything].

I’ll be changing the ordering page later today to reflect this update, but until then, this is the place to find all the truffle information. Caramel information will stay the same.

Old flavors:

Inca Gold—dark ganache is warmed with cinnamon and cayenne pepper; enrobed in dark chocolate.
Terrorist treat—walnuts, pistachios, and cardamom in dark ganache make for a lively combination; enrobed in dark chocolate.
Honey–spice—cinnamon, cloves, and honey subtly infuse dark ganache with flavor. Enrobed in dark chocolate.

New flavors:

Peppermint—a more traditional mint flavor, by customer request. If my homegrown mint isn’t up to handling the load (and maybe even if it is), the dark ganache will be laced with RumpleMinze. Enrobed in dark chocolate.
Strawberry–lemon—these two flavors pair beautifully as tarts and other desserts, so I want to try them in a truffle! White ganache will be the base, which will be enrobed in milk chocolate.
Bacon—Yes, I know I said I wouldn’t do this, but Kirsten funded a test run, and it turned out surprisingly well. Caramelized bacon and fresh-ground black pepper bring an understated smoky zing to dark ganache (this is really hard to describe!). Enrobed in dark chocolate.

I have small gold boxes that fit four heart-shaped truffles quite nicely; that would make for a lovely Valentine’s Day present. Multiple boxes can be used to give larger quantities, but still in a pretty presentation. If this is what you prefer, each box of four (any flavor or combination thereof) will be $3.75.

I also have larger, plain white candy boxes that can hold two dozen truffles (or so). Alternatively, a half-pound of caramels can serve as a bottom layer, with a dozen caramels resting atop it. This packaging will not be as striking as the gold boxes (and will have additional padding to help protect the truffles in transit), but it is less costly. A box of 24 truffles (any flavor or combination thereof) is $19; a half-box comes to $10 plus the price of whatever variety of caramels you wish.

Please place your order (whether for Valentine’s Day or not) by Wednesday, Feb. 4. All orders will ship (USPS Priority Mail, unless you prefer a private shipper) on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the latest. As always, thank you very much for your business!

Oh. My. Gosh.

You're doing chocolate and bacon?!? I might have to spend some of my savings for that... *drool* Happy Valentine's Day to ME!

Chocopork?!?!

If I didn't have an ethical problem with eating meat, and a nutritional problem with eating sugar, I would not in any way, shape, or form be able to resist trying such a BIZARRE sounding combination of tastes! :-)

- NonE

Question From A Predator

Non-E, does your ethical problem from meat stem from the manner in which the meat we eat is treated by packing plants, and farmers? Or does it stem from a lack of desire to eat wheat you consider a pet? Or is it something else?

I tried veganism for a span of several months (now I can't remember entirely, but it might have been a year or so), and my body turned somersaults over the loss of certain things. Other things I still don't eat to this day, because I never really liked the processing methods.

Then I tried ovo-lacto vegetarianism, with better results for a while. But for me to pretend that I'm something I'm not (a vegetarian with no desire for meat) or pretend that I'm not something I am (a dangerous predator) is worse for me than not eating meat. It's a lie, and I wasn't ever able look myself in the mirror for long when I tried the label on for size all those years ago.

But if your sole issue lies with the fact (FACT!) that our food is not treated with respect at any level of the process (I've been to dairy farms in the last 3 months that have treated newborn calves in ways that I will never be okay with, and treats heifers and cows alike in ways that I will equally never be okay with), then you and I are on the same page.

So other than those two initial questions, I have two more.

If your meat WAS treated with respect before and after its being hunted, how would you feel about eating it?

And my fourth question is my last. If your meat was cloned in a lab, so that the only animal who ever died to produce your meat was one that died so that no more cows would be used for meat ever - would you have an issue with it then?

Please also note that despite my being a predator, I am not teasing you in any manner whatsoever, and I hope that my lack of desire to treat you with disrespect has come across. I am genuinely curious, and that is all.

Predator (is that the One-who-comes-before?)

Wolfie,

I have no problems with being challenged on anything, if it's a serious intellectual inquiry, so fret not.

Rather than answer your questions as presented, let me just try to say how I feel and if that ain't good enough, let me know and I'll try and do better.

I think it is rude to kill others. (That's really basically it, right there.) I don't worry so much about killing plants cuz I don't think they can "feel" it so much or know what the score is, even if they do have healing mechanisms and such within the nature of their form of life.

I recognize that it is a natural part of the human animal to kill and eat others (other sentient forms of life on a sliding scale of what one might consider sentience.) So what?

I believe that what allows us humans to feel that we are superior to other critters is that we have the ability to grasp the concept of morality, and to make choices that reflect that ability. If we then CHOOSE not to act upon the results of our "superior" mental ability to comprehend the nature of morality and the meaning of life and such as that, well then, we are no better than those animals who do NOT have that ability.

I also recognize that all (most) animals need to eat other animals in order to live. Plants mostly do dirt and sunlight, but humans... not so much. That being the case, I do believe that there is a line we have to draw which is arbitrary as to what we consider ethical and what is not. And since I perceive that line as arbitrary, I really can't fault others in the case where they draw the line somewhere differently than I. As an example, I ate a mostly vegan diet for years (I say mostly as I thought the ban on honey was silly and ate that with no concerns.) But then certain health issues and my reading and studying the issues finally led me to believe that there are a few (VERY few) things the human needs which can only be gotten from animal sources. So then I had to look my "ethics" square in the face and decide what to do with that line I'd drawn for myself. Obviously I would not move it so much to the side that I would happily eat my neighbor's children. But equally I was going to have to choose to be unhealthy or to invade the living space of other critters on this earth. I now eat eggs, some grass fed butter (well, the cows, not the butter, but...) and some fish oil. The fish oil is that which bothers me the most as it requires the actual squishing the life out of the fish to obtain. I think that's sorta rude, you know? I imagine the fish are not real pleased with the situation, even if they could understand that it will make me a bit healthier.

So to sorta follow your questions... I REALLY MISS southern pork barbecue!!! REALLY!!! But then, even if I had a great desire for barbecued neighborhood children, that would never be enough to convince me that it was okay for me to so indulge, so I don't find my desire for a particular food item to have any relevance to the question whatsoever, if you follow me on that point.

As to the quality of the killing, if you are going to move the line to the point where you kill and eat critters, then I would say that certainly it makes a difference whether you treat them with respect or with contempt in the process. I put my last cat "to sleep" because he was in a lot of pain. I did it with a lot of love. But I still did it. I didn't eat him afterwords however, but I don't know that I have any real reason that makes sense as to why that would be wrong. He was dead, it no longer mattered to him. But I would have felt a bit yucky. I AM appalled by the hypocrisy of those who happily eat chicken at the local Chinese restaurant and yet act appalled when finding out that the Vietnamese may be serving up cats. Hey, give me a BREAK! How about some consistency here, huh?

As to the cloning thing, I don't see where I'd have any issues at all from an ethical perspective if you were just making muscle tissue and then serving it up. I imagine that I'd have some more of that "yucky" feeling about it, but that would be pure emotional stuff and not related to any expressible ethical reason that I can imagine.

So the bottom line is that if you eat meat, go for it. I choose not to. I feel better that way. But I also recognize that I don't have an iron-clad bit of reasoning by which to back up my feelings.

As to the health issues which I've totally sidestepped, I find them irrelevant from an ethical perspective. For those who choose to eat ANYTHING, it behooves one to not be stupid about the stuff one puts in one's mouth. (But here, too, that does not mean that I have "THE TRUTH" on what pesticides, hormones, thises and thatses may or may not be harmful to the human consumer.)

I hope that may answer your questions.

- NonE (still missing southern ... Oh. My. God.!!! ... pork barbecue.)

Addendum: To clarify on the cloned animal thing... If you mean cloning an animal so that it was still a full growing animal with brain and nerves and animal stuff, then YES, I'd have a big issue with killing it for food. If you are talking about just growing tissue, that is different in my mind and I would not have an ethical problem with it. To me, an animal (or human) is ethically and spiritually the same whether or not the DNA is the same as another's or not. You certainly wouldn't say it's alright to eat one of every pair of identical twins, would you?

Hope that helps.

MEAT!

P.S., Wolfie,

One of my very favorite dishes from a great Florida restaurant of years past was oysters wrapped in bacon, on a skewer, grilled with butter basting. To die for. ;-)

- NonE

Yes, It Helps!

Thank you for the responses, Non-Entity. I have no problem with your being a vegetarian in the slightest. I was just curious why you might do it, because I tried it for a while and it didn't work for me. And I respect your disgust for hypocrites who have no problem eating one animal, and every problem in the world eating another animal. However, that said, I'm not interested in forcing anybody to eat anything they don't want to. To me, Hell is eating a honeybaked ham every day for the rest of my life. *shivers and makes a yucky face* Gods, that is just so gross. And I cannot see myself, except maybe in the most desperate situation, killing an animal that I consider equal with human beings (wolves, or dolphins in particular). Now Southern cooked pork? Man, I love that stuff. And Mexican carnitas? Dude. I can't think of anything better. But there's something about the microbes that they use to process what they call "ham" that makes me gag. Totally yucky. But that's a matter of taste, rather than ethics for me.

I agree that some of us display the instinct to kill and eat meat more joyfully than others. I have no desire to hurt my puppy, but (for me) butchering a cow, or killing a fish just isn't that big of a deal. But (sigh) I'm a hypocrite, though. Because killing (as opposed to butchering) a farm raised animal (in particular, a pig or a rabbit) really turns my stomach. The butchering of the meat doesn't bother me, but leading a trusting animal who has been raised with respect to slaughter really, really bugs me. I'd rather pay somebody to do it for me, and even then... Theoretically, I'd probably be best pleased if forced to hunt for my food, rather than raise and slaughter one of my own animals. At that point, almost all issues are gone (except for the hunting wolves, dolphins, or people issue).

Also - to clarify my Cloned Animal Question, I meant growing steaks in a lab, not cows. I would never presume that somebody who appreciates Sunni's writing is stupid enough to think that a cloned animal has no feelings. *laughs* The reason I asked it is because they're starting the process already. Growing steaks in a lab is not only possible, it's also very tasty. :)

Y'know, going back and reading this, it seems a little unclear in some places. I'm going to post it anyway, and allow you to tear it apart where it might be necessary for a rebuild. Namaste.

Clarity

Wolfie,

Doesn't seem unclear to me. A few bits seem inconsistent, but I'm not sure that my stance is superior in consistency to yours if examined in detail. It's just where I am at the moment, and I'm sure it will change in the future as it has in the past as I learn more and think more.

I don't see any reason (personally) why a wolf should get a free pass, for instance but, like I said, as far as I can tell the place at which you draw the line is necessarily arbitrary.

Oddly enough, I don't really have a problem with hunters who hunt for food, whereas I have a BIG problem with those who hunt to try and convince the world that their penises are bigger than they really are. (or is that "penai"?)

Oddlier still, I used to have snakes as pets and raised mice and rats to feed the snakes. Some how or other I had no problem killing the rats and feeding them to the snakes. I would do it swiftly and with compassion, but it was still me doing the killing. Weird. (Note: my experience is that rats are nicer animals than mice. But we're not talking New York City rats here, about which I won't attempt to speculate.)

- NonE (cruising the mental cyclone)

Hipocracy

Ay, I'm a hypocrite. I would apologize, but an apology would indicate a desire to change, and that would be dishonest. I can say that I definitely recognize that it's silly. I just love wolves. I don't love any other animal in the same way. If a hunter deemed it necessary to kill a wolf, that is their business. I used to be enough of a hypocrite to condemn a family for wanting to rid their land of predators. I've gotten past that, though, and at this point, I won't say that I would refuse to eat the meat if offered to me (I wouldn't refuse food for almost any reason. *laughs*) but I would refrain from doing the killing myself. So yeah, inconsistent. Hypocritical too. Or just personal preference for the lack of desire to kill a specific animal. If the reason were less deep seeded, and I were more equipped to explain it, I'd be less vague and dance around the question less, I assure you. But I don't really know the reason other than the fact that the thought of doing it really, really bothers me deeply. Maybe I was a wolf in a past life. :)