It’s hard not to be distressed by the capacity of some people to be heartless. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of good in this world. People who have compassion and work hard to bring light to those that need it. But there is a side of humanity that seems desperate to cause harm. There is a endless list of horrors. It gets overwhelming.
Such a representation of that this week was the senseless killing of Cecil. In the scheme of things it’s a lion, there are much deeper issues of children in this world not safe, women not safe, people starving. But it is indicative people lacking the basic compassion of living things. It takes a special kind arrogance and cowardice to travel to the other side of the world, pay thousands, and then to bait an animal to give it a slow death.
I get the need for hunting in turns of population control. Deer can face slow and painful death with overpopulation in winter. And I get people hunting for food. In our area there are a lot of families who need to put food on the table. But to hunt so you can decorate your wall? I find that disgusting. I do hope the outrage keeps at its current level. We need to stop the destroying of this earth’s gifts and resources.
This just really fired me up. Thank you for letting me say my piece and I’ll get on with the usual program of food!
Due to the dietary needs of my various family members I always try to come up with ideas of tasty dishes that everyone can eat. I thought repurposing a crostini into stuffed mushrooms would be fun.
We learned how to make this bacon crostini in Tuscany on our honeymoon. For this recipe I added onion to it. I finely chopped a clove of garlic, half a small onion, and a bit of rosemary. Then chop up half the mushroom stems.
Chop up 3 rashers of streaky bacon and begin to render it in a small skillet. After a few minutes add the onion.
After the onion has softened a bit add the garlic, rosemary, and mushroom to the skillet.
Keep cooking until the bacon starts to crisp a bit. Add a few splashes of white balsamic vinegar. Preheat the oven or toaster oven to 375F/190C. Remove the bacon mixture from the heat and grate fresh parmesan over it and mix well. Stuff the mushrooms and grate more parmesan over it.
Bake until the mushrooms are cooked. About 10 minutes or so. While it is baking make up the salad if you are having this as a main meal.
Of course I put more fresh parmesan on. I can’t resist the stuff! And it’s gluten free. 🙂
Have you thought of the items you want to do for next Thursday?
Let me know
This recipe looks great
I have a couple of ideas of food to bring. Don’t want to come empty handed! I’ll email you.
So sad to think that this lion’s mane was more important than his right to life.
I love bacon and mushrooms, so this recipe is very appealing.
And they just left his body to rot. What a waste. Trophy hunting is the worst. Glad you like the recipe.
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Every chef can use this as a special appetizer for tonight
I couldn’t agree more, the senseless murder of that beautiful lion is disgusting, a trophy is no excuse to kill an animal., I loved Jimmy Kimmels monologue about this, he was really angry, I hope the Justice Dept and the Zimbabwe govt indict that idiot. Love the mushrooms, they do sound delicious and look wonderful.
Yeah I saw Jimmy Kimmels bit as well. I thought he said it perfectly!
Don’t get me started either. I have a girlfriend who started the SPCA in our town, and she’s married to a guy who just went to africa, killed as much as he could, and had everything stuffed. I’d really hate to be her and stare at all of those heads every day.
OMG that’s horrible! But seriously how can you think these big animals are decorations. Nevermind they take up a lot of room. Would you like a lion or a couch.
Fortunately most of the sensible folk in the world agree with you – it was vile. Well done on your rant! And well done too on a lovely recipe…I have all the ingredients to hand 🙂
I hope you enjoy the recipe! And I hope the sensible people win out.