Harnessing The Power Of Incidental PorkPosted: December 21, 2010
I come to you today to pass on an important concept – the principle of Incidental Pork.
This principle is exceptionally useful. Properly applied, Incidental Pork will help a picky eater become less picky. It can also ease the stress of strict adherence to dietary restrictions imposed on an individual.
Enough Talk, What Is Incidental Pork?
Incidental Pork is a concept I got from a friend. The concept is based on actual pork which was incidental to the dish she was eating.
I knew my friend’s religious heritage required her to avoid eating pork. One day as we had lunch, I saw her about to eat something which had a very minimal amount of pork in it. Thinking she didn’t realize this was the case, I spoke up as she was about to take a bite. Her fork barely slowed enough for her to say “no problem, it is Incidental Pork”.
This was not a line I could leave unquestioned. She explained to me that she found it inconvenient to avoid pork in all its forms, in all dishes. To make her life easier, she chose to eat pork if it was not the main thrust of the dish. When it was secondary to the focal point of the dish, she allowed herself a minimal amount of pork.
For instance, pork roast was a no, because the prohibited meat was the dish was all about. Pork and Beans was ok, the minimal pork was present strictly as seasoning.
Incidental Pork. It’s Not Just About Pork Anymore.
The Incidental Pork concept helps fussy eaters be a little less so.
Is there an ingredient you don’t care for in a dish? Assess the importance and quantity of that ingredients in the dish. Is it incidental; there in minimal quantity to add a certain quality? If the answer is yes, eat up!
I don’t like shrimp. I like an egg roll now and again. Shrimp are in most egg rolls. I’ve done the work and calculated that the shrimp are incidental. I know I could accidentally bite a shrimp while eating an egg roll, but it is worth the risk and not likely to affect my egg roll experience.
Hey, You. The One With The Food Allergy.
I am not talking to you. Peanuts, shellfish or whatever it is that makes your face swell up and look like the Elephant Man are never eligible for declaration as Incidental. We are talking about your life here. There’s nothing an incidental amount of peanuts are going to do for you that is worth going in to shock over.
Trust Me, You’re Going To Think Of This Again
Perhaps you’ve applied the Incidental Pork Principle in choosing your meals in the past. You likely already know how to calculate your risk of biting into a mushroom, some coconut or guacamole. Chances are you’ve convinced yourself, as I have, that there isn’t enough of some offending food to taste.
But now you’ve got a name for what we’ve both been doing all this time…Incidental Pork. Trust me, you’ll forget it in a few days. Then, when you least expect it, you’ll be looking at a menu and think…Incidental Pork.
Enjoy your meal.