Roasted Pork and Braised Cabbage from the Fifth Worst Cookbook in the World

Indications are that I might be putting up a decent amount of food porn this week. So far we’ve been eating very well. When we left San Jose the other day I filled a box with a number of things from my Marin Farms CSA so I do have lots of things to cook.

Last night was the boneless, pastured pork leg which I did dry in the crock pot. Click ’em for hi-res.

Pork Roast
Crock Pot Pork Roast

Simply set it in there, sprinkle with salt, pepper & garlic powder and keep it on low for the hours it takes to get pull apart tender. It was pretty lean so the bit of fat & juices had dried up, so next step was about a cup of chicken stock to deglaze & moisten things up and then let reduce to intensify the flavor.

The last step is a few minutes under the broiler to crisp up the meat a bit.

Now, in spite of those rabid vegan fuckwads led by Dr. Neal Barnard fraudulently posing as the "Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine" and naming it one of "The Five Worst Cookbooks of 2010," my mom is a big fan and user of Mark Sisson’s The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free.

The Primal Blueprint sets back evidence-based nutrition nearly 2 million years with its meat-heavy diet. Along with artery-clogging “Paleo” recipes for Primal Pot Roast and Sausage Stew, this book includes an entire section of cholesterol-laden recipes for offal—entrails and internal organs. The authors say recipes like these are ideal for followers of Atkins and other low-carb diets. But a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a low-carbohydrate diet based on animal food sources increases mortality risk from all causes, including cancer and heart disease.

Notice how they have to actually spell out what offal is to their B12 and Creatine deficient sycophants. What a bunch of opportunistic and shameless liars who ignore the natural selection that made us who we are. Veganism is merely a religion and as such is Not Even Wrong. Update: Sisson responds in a press release. Update 2: It had slipped my mind that both Denise Minger and Chris Masterjohn annihilated that stupid study cited by the PCRM here and here.

Mouth Watering Tofurky

May Rudolph piss all over their Christmas Tofurky. Jesus what a bunch of twisted dipshits. On the other hand, it is Christmas, so I can’t help but give the poor souls some well intentioned health advice: Eat Shit!

Back to our regularly scheduled programing, mom had told me that one of her favorite recipes is the braised cabbage so, when I was wondering what to have with the pork, that came to mind. Unfortunately, my copy of the cookbook is back home so I gave mom a call in Houston where she’s visiting my brother and she gave me her recollections of the recipe.

Braised Cabbage
Braised Cabbage

First you cut the cabbage into wedges, place them in your baking pan, and sprinkle on some sliced onion and carrots. Then I drizzled it with 2-3 tablespoons of bacon fat, doused it with about a cup of chicken stock, covered it with foil and took it to the oven at 325 for an hour. Then I removed the foil, carefully turned everything over, covered and put it back in the oven for 45 minutes. When done I fired it under the broiler to get some singed and burnt bits. There were four of us and we killed every last bit.

Pork and Cabbage
Pork and Cabbage

Merry Christmas everyone, even you brain damaged vegans. And with that, I’m going to start on breakfast. I think I’ll fry up some potatoes in bacon drippings, eggs fried in butter, all together with the huge batch of chili verde that went in the crock pot after dinner last night.

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  1. Sean on December 26, 2010 at 01:16

    PCRM will blithely and blatantly lie to promote their vegan agenda.

    They push the oft-repeated myth that “unhealthy” meat & dairy account for more than 70% of government subsidies, happily regurgitated by reader’s digest (that bellwether of journalistic integrity) here.

    The actual subsidies are easily checked

    livestock $3.4 bil
    dairy $4.8 bil

    corn $73.7 bil
    wheat $30.7 bil
    soybean $22.7 bil
    rice $12.7 bil

    But why let facts interfere with the great and holy mission of saving the human race from Big Macs?

    • Sean on December 26, 2010 at 07:15

      As far as a Big Mac being cheaper than a salad at McDonalds, as PCRM claim, that’s more likely due to logistics rather than subsidies.

      While lettuce, tomatoes and carrots aren’t subsidized at the massive levels of corn that’s fed to cattle and the wheat that subsidized the bun I suspect that’s a small factor in their price disparity (if it indeed exists, I don’t spend much time at Mickey Ds and I live in a different country and I think PCRM are shameless liars).

      The actual ingredients for a salad are quite cheap, subsidized or not. A head of lettuce, a tomato, cucumber and carrot is much cheaper by weight than ground beef. But supplying a fresh salad is more difficult than mass-producing hamburger patties and sending them out frozen to the individual franchises.

      Also it is a question of scale. Who goes to McDs because they are craving salad? It certainly is not their raison d’etre. McDs very likely wouldn’t be selling them at all if not for pressure groups like CSPI and PCRM. If they were selling billions and billions of salads I’m sure they would be the tastiest, cheapest salads anywhere. But that’s not what people want from them so that’s not what they are good at.

  2. Garth Whelan on December 25, 2010 at 11:07

    You are a true chef. Well done.

  3. Jeff on December 25, 2010 at 12:19

    Looks great. We just finished a good turkey dinner. A little trick I learned….to keep the breast meat moist just cook the damn thing upside down. Works like a charm.

    • Sandy on December 25, 2010 at 13:22

      Covering it with bacon does a brilliant job as well.

  4. Unamused Mouse on December 25, 2010 at 12:39

    Haha…it took you long enough to comment on that cookbook issue! :) I don’t understand the rationale behind not wanting to eat meat at all…even if it is raised and killed humanely!

    To those who are eeking through life and letting themselves waste away by following a vegan diet: give your head a shake and wake the hell up!

    On second thought…nah, leave all the bacon to us crazies. :D

  5. Josh on December 25, 2010 at 12:41

    Merry Christmas FTA. I think I finally found some guys who love meat as much as y’alls:

    – Josh

    • Richard Nikoley on December 25, 2010 at 12:48

      Ha, pretty good, minus the cheese wiz perhaps.

    • sparky on January 16, 2011 at 14:16

      The plural of y’all isn’t y’alls; it’s all y’all ;)

      • Richard Nikoley on January 16, 2011 at 14:18

        I thought it was ‘all y’all.’ :)

  6. Sandy on December 25, 2010 at 13:27

    That braised cabbage sounds delicious. I’ll have to give it a try. I’ll be roasting brussels sprouts with bacon and garlic this evening along with the rabbit (the cutest animals are the tastiest) I currently have marinating in white wine, lemon, garlic, onions and olive oil.

  7. Syz on December 25, 2010 at 15:20

    Maybe I should know this, but can anyone tell me the study the PCRM are referring to?

    a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a low-carbohydrate diet based on animal food sources increases mortality risk from all causes, including cancer and heart disease.

  8. Sonagi on December 25, 2010 at 16:28

    Meat slow-cooked for hours in the crockpot till the water runs dry is sooo good. I had lamb and braised brussel sprouts for dinner. Burnt food of any sort looks unappetizing to me, so no oven broiling for me, thanks.

  9. Travis on December 25, 2010 at 17:58

    “What a bunch of opportunistic and shameless liars who ignore the natural selection that made us who we are. Veganism is merely a religion …” Yup Richard, that nails it for sure. I’m glad Sisson did a press release.

    Our Christmas meat was prime rib. I need a nap now … Zzzzzzzzz …..

    Happy Holidays!

  10. Jason Sandeman on December 26, 2010 at 12:40

    Why does it look like someone took a dump in that tofuturkey? Who the hell would eat that shit? as for Salad and greens being cheaper than salad – sure, I`ll concede the point. Question is though, what would satisfy you more, a dollar of beef cooked, or a dollar of salad? Seems like a moot point there. Me, I just eat them both, and not worry about the environent. I remember talking to those PITA bastards back in high school. See, we might save the world by becoming vegetarians, but not for long, as we probably would all fucking die of diabetes, hunger and famine.
    Happy ho ho to you Richard, and keep up the good work man! I love your site, and read it every day!

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  12. Josh on December 26, 2010 at 01:32

    How much of that $73.3 in corn is for feeding livestock?

    • Josh on December 26, 2010 at 02:00

      Found it, from the same source cited above –

      “Federal subsidies flow to a favored few crops as well as a favored few farmers. Over seventy percent ($170 billion over 15 years) of farm subsidies supported the production of just five crops: corn, wheat, cotton, rice and soybean. Just four of those same favored five: corn, wheat, cotton, and soybean accounted for over 70 percent ($25 billion over 15 years) of the cost of crop insurance. The vast majority of farm subsidies go to raw material for our industrialized food system, not the foods we actually eat. Even less money goes to support the production of the fruits and vegetables that are the foundation of a healthy diet.”

      • Sean on December 26, 2010 at 02:57

        PCRM claim gov’t subsidies only account for 13% of grains actually consumed? That’s just plain bullshit.

        Yeah, of course there’s a knock-on effect. Does that mean that the knock-on effect only applies to “unhealthy” foods like beef and dairy? I don’t buy it. Heavily subsidized wheat and corn feeds industrial cattle, but it also supplies the raw material for breads, couscous, breakfast cereals, pasta, etc, all things the PCRM and CSPI would have us believe way healthier than a steak.

        The PCRMs ‘subsidization’ pyramid is quite simply vegan propaganda.

      • Lacey on December 26, 2010 at 10:56

        A huge portion of commmodity grains get shipped overseas to countries less able to afford a good diet. Depending on your point of view, the US is either saving the world from starvation, or making them sicker.

      • Sonagi on December 26, 2010 at 12:04

        Do you have alternative statistics regarding the use of subsidized grains and soy for livestock feeding versus food production? I’m no fan of either PCRM or agricultural subsidies, mind you, but if you dispute statistics, then provide proof.

      • Lacey on December 26, 2010 at 12:51

        Actually, the largest recipient of subsidy money in the US is neither direct human consumption nor livestock feeding. It’s ethanol: Feed grains (mostly corn) receive 34% of government subsides, amounting to $7.3 billion (2005), but $7 billion of that was for ethanol (2006). So in reality, only a very small percentage of subsidized corn was used for feeding animals or people.

        In contrast, wheat (which as yet we aren’t burning in our gas tanks or feeding to livestock–we feed cattle the byproducts of wheat after we mill it for humans) got $1.5 billion in subsidies, about twice the remaining amount for corn after allowing for ethanol production.

        So yeah, I’m willing to call stuff like this AP article vegetarian propaganda:

        If anyone wants to track down the soybean numbers, have a blast, but I’m guessing they’d turn up similar to wheat.

      • Josh on December 26, 2010 at 14:35

        The word ethanol does not appear in any of the articles cited, can we source that claim?

        Also this has been referred to as “vegan” and “vegetarian” propaganda – aside from being equally disliked by paleo’s, these two diets are actually quite different and would have extremely disparate agendas re: hypothetical farming-subsidiary conspiracies. Compared to current logistics, vegetarians would require equal if not more farm animals (for dairy and egg consumption) whereas vegans would eradicate livestock altogether. IF there is any kind of agenda here I think it is less dietary and more political… and obvious.

      • Josh on December 26, 2010 at 15:37

        Only a marginal amount of that $7 billion (.9 billion) is actually allocated to the production of corn. In fact, the feed subsidiary of $7.3 billion and the $7 billion ethanol subsidiaries are part of different programs; Ethonal subsidiaries exist mainly to support the manufacturing of Ethenol (from corn and bio-deisel) and indirect price subsidiaries for Ethenol, not the farming of corn itself.

        – This is original research but all claims are cited.

      • anand srivastava on December 27, 2010 at 00:00

        The differences don’t end there. Vegetarians can be cultural, while vegans cannot be as there is no vegan culture in the world.

  13. Steve on December 26, 2010 at 06:27

    A great pork cookbook is: “Pork and Sons” by Stephane Reynaud. It’s all pork from snout to tail. Buy it, you won’t regret it!

  14. Tommy on December 27, 2010 at 10:05

    You know what confuses the shit out of me with that Tufurky crap? I thought Veganism was about not harming animals as well as the belief of some, that we aren’t meant to eat meat. Then why the fuck do they keep making shit that looks and tastes like meat? (ok…”supposed” to taste like). To replace the meat they are missing? I’m confused.
    It’s kind of like telling your kids that killing is wrong but giving them toy guns and knives and plastic human targets or blow up dolls to kill. “Here kids, go stab the shit out of that robbery victim doll.” But remember we hate violence!

  15. David Csonka on December 27, 2010 at 10:45

    When do we get to read Richard Nikoley’s Free The Animal cookbook? Your meals never fail to inspire my appetite!

    • VW on December 27, 2010 at 15:09

      Caught your name in this article!

      • David Csonka on December 27, 2010 at 16:19

        Oh, yep – that’s me banana man! heheh

  16. Flying Burrito on December 27, 2010 at 13:22

    Regarding “Veganism is merely a religion and as such is Not Even Wrong,” thank you for this, you just cracked it wide open…very well said. This one statement of yours has just became an intellectual jousting weapon in my hands, which I will wield with mighty blows on all unhealthy vegan comers–even if the knowledge of such just reinforces my own internal Paleo library. It’s an amazing win-win statement too that absolutely diminishes any potential argument to it’s lowest common denominator…in fact, I think I’ll just put my jousting lance away and just go on my merry way walking in the Tao of Paleo.

  17. Patty Pittman on December 27, 2010 at 14:40

    I am totally going to make the brasied cabbage.

    Being hated and despised in this country by traditional medicine usually means you are doing something right and are threatening the way they think. Look at their front page at PCRM. The first thing you see is a 30 kickstart to vegan living. It is all propaganda.

    • Josh on December 27, 2010 at 22:13

      Sorry to be a squeaky wheel all of a sudden…

      The PCRM is not the voice of the nation. If fact, as vegans they fall into the category of “being hated and despised in this country” – which is probably why their namesake is so misleading. Vegans and veg’s are not the mainstream.

      Granted supermarkets, restaurants, etc leverage vegan options for marketing/PR purposes and the media has made the movement chic. But at the end of the day, vegans and vegs are a small, marginalized community, omnivores BY FAR are the mainstream. The stats I just looked up estimate the vegetarian/vegan population between .2% and 1.4% of the population (various wikipedia). Of that minuscule amount, a smaller subset of veg’s are also evangelical assholes whom appear to have made quite an impression around these parts – they are not the movement.

      Additionally, I can’t verify this claim, but I would bet my house that most veg products/options are consumed by omnivores who are dabbling.

  18. Erin on December 28, 2010 at 09:14

    Also, telling people that they are vitamin B-12 deficient because of their diet is an uninformed, pseudo-sciencey marketing gimmick – look into it, lest you spend any extra money on supplements.

    “Vitamin B-12 is derived from animal sources” … YES! That is true. B-12 is produced in animals, to include humans! It is not some magical powder… B-12 is simply a bacteria that grows in our guts.

    Humans have a B-12 store in their bodies, and sure, over time very small amounts escape through urine. But unless you have an intestinal problem, or some other over-arching set of organ diseases, your body should have enough B-12 in its belly-store without ever having to add any through your mouth.

    Just sayin’

  19. Erin on December 28, 2010 at 11:09

    Oh wow, all I needed to know about things can be obtained by doing “a quick google” – sweet!
    And, lo! The article you provided was even “endorsed by Peta.”

    Thanks for citing that, instead of, say, an encyclopedia, or a study carried out by actual scientists.

    I’m not a vegan, yet I’m still somewhat irritated by your anti-vegan fervor on behalf of people who are vegan. I also don’t know why you insist on spelling “vegan” with an asterisk, you silly *unt.

    Anyhow- sorry to have impeded on your meat-and-vegetables lifestyle – I didn’t know that eating a diet of meat and vegetables had become so absolutely threatened and marginalized by minority subcultures that you would have to go out of your way to angrily defend it against some person who mentioned something kind of related to it in a blog somewhere one time.

    • Richard Nikoley on December 28, 2010 at 11:24


      Go fuck yourself.

      The simple fact is that I’m actually right about B12, regardless of the source. You were wrong. Instead of just admit to your ignorance, you project about my attitude.

      And BTW, using veg*n to denote both veg[etaria]n and veg[a]n is a well established Internet shorthand. Guess you were ignorant about that, too.

  20. Sandy on December 28, 2010 at 11:29

    Awww, did I step on your widdle feeler? If you’d pry your head out of your ass (As good a means of getting B-12 from gut bacteria as eating shit, I suppose.) then you’d realize that veg*n is an inclusive abbreviation for both vegans and vegetarians. And that particular link was a means of illustrating how VEG*NS themselves acknowledge that B-12 deficiency is an issue. I’m not at all threatened by non-meat eaters, but ignorance, on the other hand . . . .

  21. DB on December 30, 2010 at 08:54

    My niece is a vegetarian since high school (they are now 22). Now she won’t even eat fish or shrimp! It’s and interesting study though, because she’s a twin. Her sister is a meat eater. It’s been commented on in the family how physically strong the meat eater twin is and how much weaker the vegan one is. I think the vegan one is quite pale too. And this is out of the context of talking about their diet. They are both very slender, but I’m guessing the vegan is “skinny fat” while the other has actual muscles.
    It will be interesting to see how they do over the years.

  22. paleocavemate on January 6, 2011 at 15:09

    Wow ! Wow! and Wow! Richard ya outdone yourself with this meal. Exactly what I like simple real food.

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