Eat nose to tail

29 Dec

If I am around at the right time of year I like to buy the special end-of-year edition of the Mail & Guardian, a good weekly South African newspaper. It’s the edition that gives cabinet report cards: a team of journos assigns grades to politicians, from the president to all ministers, and it always makes for an interesting read. In the weekend & entertainment section I was drawn – of course – to interviews with a couple of famous South African foodies. I was especially delighted to discover Thuli Gogela and her blog Mzansi Style Cuisine (pronounced m-zun-zee, a popular local word for South Africa). Thuli mentioned the nose-to-tail food trend and reminded us that South Africans have been doing it for ages, as the recipes and entries on her blog will attest to.

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I do enjoy all these catchy food philosophy phrases, such as farm-to-fork, farm-to-table, farm-to-school, stable-to-table, cow-to-cone (a lovely line I found at Kate’s Cape Town ice-cream business The Creamery) and the nose-to-tail. The last of these was given a trotter up by chef Fergus Henderson of the London restaurant St John. He brought out a cookbook called The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating presenting rural tradition in the form of delicious thrift, which is what German Ganztierverwertung is all about (sadly, Leo.dict has no translation but nose-to-tail is a good version). Indeed, you will find this tradition in most countries, if you look for it, as well as some blogs such as Nose To Tail At Home or Eating Nose to Tail.

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2 Responses to “Eat nose to tail”

  1. Thuli January 8, 2013 at 08:59 #

    Hi Carola,

    Interesting post! Thanks for the mention :-)) I need to get that book!

    • simplycarola January 20, 2013 at 21:47 #

      Hi Thuli, thought you might be interested in this cookbook too: “Jerusalem” by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi. Yottam was born in the Jewish west of J. while Sami on the Arab east side. see http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/ Maybe its something for you to consider wrt your SA-context ..?

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