February 29, 2012

National Frog Legs Day

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." - Mark Twain

It's National Frog Legs Day!

All I can think about when I hear "frogs legs" is The Muppet Movie...

And how's this for a disgusting food fact?: Since frogs are cold-blooded animals, rigor mortis doesn't set in as quickly meaning that heat from cooking, or salt (since it contains sodium ions), can cause the legs to twitch post-mortem.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

I've never had frog legs, but I've read that they have the texture and flavor of both chicken and fish. Knowing that, you can still celebrate this day even on a plant-based diet. To recreate "frog legs" (without hurting Kermit), use Gardein Teriyaki Chick'n Strips. After they're defrosted, connect two with a small piece of a bamboo skewer. Boil in lemon juice for ten minutes. While that's happening, set up three bowls: one with flour (1/2 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon of kelp, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper), one with soy milk, and one with panko. Drain the "frog legs", then dredge through the flour, the soy milk secondly, and finally the panko. Fry until golden brown.

Et voila!

Happy National Frog Legs Day!

(Unless you're a frog, that is.)