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Offline Matt Emery

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Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« on: February 17, 2008, 05:14:34 PM »
I plan to live on animal blood and milk for 3 days (72 hours), just like an African Maasai might do.  They mix blood and milk to make a nutritious paste.  However, I will drink the blood and the milk separately if the "paste" become too nauseating.  And if it gets too hard, i'll just live off the milk.

I plan to to do some bush walks and climbing during this period, so I can get more of a natural feel for living in a primal way.

Does anyone have any thoughts?  Would anyone like to join me?

NOTE: if you do this... it's at your own risk.  See a doctor if you're unsure, or better still, don't do it at all.
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2008, 09:36:33 PM »
Hey Matt,

Just curious as to how you're planning on preparing the animal blood.  Are you taking any precautions regarding viral, bacterial, fungal, or even chemical contamination?  I imagine that the animal blood consumed by the Maasai is completely organic, and that the flora in their guts have developed in a way that allows the components in the animal blood to be properly digested.

Are you going to consume it raw, or are you going to cook it, or otherwise apply heat to it, to kill any potentially harmful microorganisms it may harbor?

Yeah, I'm the guy who always scrapes the fried blood out of the pan after cooking up some meat... it makes a delicious condiment... but I've never tried it raw.  I think I'll wait for your report!  Good luck with the experiment!
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2008, 10:35:52 PM »
Hey Matt,

Just curious as to how you're planning on preparing the animal blood.  Are you taking any precautions regarding viral, bacterial, fungal, or even chemical contamination?  I imagine that the animal blood consumed by the Maasai is completely organic, and that the flora in their guts have developed in a way that allows the components in the animal blood to be properly digested.

Are you going to consume it raw, or are you going to cook it, or otherwise apply heat to it, to kill any potentially harmful microorganisms it may harbor?

Yeah, I'm the guy who always scrapes the fried blood out of the pan after cooking up some meat... it makes a delicious condiment... but I've never tried it raw.  I think I'll wait for your report!  Good luck with the experiment!

I plan to drink it raw.  I'm going to speak with some butchers and get their opinion.  I will try a cup or two, and if it makes me sick i'll just have milk.  I agree that the Maasai people would have developed a stomach for this stuff, and that it would be very organic too.  I won't get very close to the purity that they enjoy, but I hope to get some sort of 'primal' feeling by doing it... even though I won't be hunting lions :)

Oh, and I don't mind a bit of fried blood myself, particularly that of my vanquished enemies...  :P  Just kidding.  I like blood pudding, it's incredibly nutritious.

Anyway, thanks for your encouragement Tony, I look forward to updating you with my progress.

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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008, 10:58:57 AM »
Good luck, although I been considering a juice fast, I'll give this a miss. Watch out you may get a thirst taste for it:)   

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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008, 06:25:42 PM »
Good luck, although I been considering a juice fast, I'll give this a miss. Watch out you may get a thirst taste for it:)   

Wow, not a single vampire joke yet... although you cam close to it Jen  ;)

Anyway, a juice fast sounds interesting.  I'm not a fan of those personally... they're too high in sugar for my liking.
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2008, 11:48:58 PM »
I'd definitely take juice over blood. I can't even stomach the idea of doing this one Matt. Religious issues also make this a no-no. I really can't condone it, not that you asked for my opinion. Just something for you to think about.

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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2008, 07:00:10 PM »
I'd definitely take juice over blood. I can't even stomach the idea of doing this one Matt. Religious issues also make this a no-no. I really can't condone it, not that you asked for my opinion. Just something for you to think about.

That's okay, I totally understand.  It's good to get people's thoughts on the matter  :)

The next Food Challenge might emulate the Papua New Guinea High Landers or Australian Aboriginals, and may consist of something a little less radical than blood.
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 12:22:58 AM »
Now those are a few food challenges I would definitely be interested in seeing how they pan out for you. I used to watch Bush Tucker Man all the time when it was on ABC and it has interested me to no end the many ways he was shown by local Aboriginals how to survive off the land and find the seemingly invisible bush tucker.

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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2008, 03:34:48 AM »
Now those are a few food challenges I would definitely be interested in seeing how they pan out for you. I used to watch Bush Tucker Man all the time when it was on ABC and it has interested me to no end the many ways he was shown by local Aboriginals how to survive off the land and find the seemingly invisible bush tucker.

I found a few episodes of Bush Tucker Man on P2P recently  ;)
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2008, 08:01:40 PM »
Update:
I'm having a tough time acquiring some blood.  I've tried several butchers, delicatessens, and health food stores.  My next source is an abbattoire.

However, I can get unpasteurised goat's milk, so i'm halfway there.  I'll keep you posted.
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2008, 10:21:09 PM »
How did this one go for you?
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2008, 07:34:03 PM »
How did this one go for you?

It's on the shelf until we can get some blood.  Interestingly, I have to drive 2 hours to get some from an abattoir... which makes me think; we really live in a surreal society.
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #12 on: May 23, 2008, 07:41:06 PM »
do you have access to a VERY fresh butcher?

A few cuts of meat and a Juicer... :P
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2008, 07:50:14 PM »
do you have access to a VERY fresh butcher?

A few cuts of meat and a Juicer... :P

I've spoken to a few butchers, but I never though about the juicer idea.  Sounds cool (in a Fight Club way)  ;)

I'm also suspect on the quality of meat from local butchers.  I have some relatives that live on a farm in the Australian desert, I might go up there and a kill a kangaroo (they're a pest in those areas).
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2008, 08:00:42 PM »
In line with the Juicer idea, calf liver juiced and then brought to a slow boil. Should be some of the healthiest blood you're likely to find, and the (very slow) boiling will ensure no bacteria or parasites.

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that was just added to things I must do before I die!!!! ;D
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2008, 08:08:20 PM »
Sounds bloody good!

I'm off to collect some oysters right now, I get them from a local estuary.  To get there I have to go through some harsh scrub and a few snake infested areas (seriously), but it's worth it if you like oysters.  I'll see about taking some photos.

Also, i'll get some photos of the farm I was talking about, the sunsets and red desert is amazing.
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2008, 08:18:03 PM »
Snake infested? Better be some DAMN good oysters!

Y'all have a whole different thing when it comes to snakes down there. We only have FOUR species of poisonous snakes in the entire country, and non of them are likely to kill someone my size with less then a couple of strikes...
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #17 on: June 12, 2008, 04:19:07 AM »
When I was a little girl, living in Europe,  my father was a butcher and we lived in a small town. November/December was the month for slaughter,  and I must say it was not very pleasant but that's how people lived and survived.   I remember that when an animal was killed every single little bit of it was used,  nothing was discarded,  which brings me to the blood.  Although we have never had it raw but it was always used up in things like black pudding and such. Even the hair was collected and used for brushes .   On Sundays  mum or gran would get up early and kill a chicken for the sunday roast,  now the blood and the brains would be  fried up with eggs,  capsicum and onions (I think) for breakfast and that was yummm.   If I ever tried to serve this up to my kids they would be chucking,  they look at me as if I am from another planet when I cook liver
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2008, 04:14:15 AM »
These days, offal and various organs go into pet food... perhaps pets are eating healthier than humans. :)
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2008, 08:10:00 AM »
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Well, the meat thats goes into "Alpo" is USDA grade A, and the food that goes into most fast food is Grade F, the lowest grade of meat allowable for human consumption...
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Re: Food Challenge #1: the African Maasai
« Reply #20 on: July 14, 2008, 08:44:44 PM »
I can get beef blood and pork here. But this is not something I would do. To mix blood with anything makes me feel strange....but the point is this. Can you find a Latin or Asian market near you....I can buy it by the gallon if I choose to....at a Latin/Asian Market by my house.