I thought I’d be a bit different for this ‘Fresh’ challenge. I do have pics of fresh fruit and veg, as well as delicious looking drinks, but what about really fresh meat?
It doesn’t come much fresher than this poor guinea pig in a market in Ecuador.
These fat ones were still happily running around in their pen, waiting to be chosen for the barbecue.
This one’s luck had just run out. 😦
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Yikes! (That’s all I have!)
Wow.. wasn’t prepared for this one. I’m a vegetarian, and this shocked me a little. It’s definitely… ‘fresh’…
Sorry for the shock, Heather. 🙂
Like many of your readers, I love guinea pigs, and used to raise them. I had a hard time pressing like – especially with the last picture. I like my meat cut up into tiny pieces so I’m not reminded that it used to be alive.
Well, thank you for pressing ‘like’ anyway, Marsha. Sorry the guinea pig on the spit was too recognisable. 🙂
Just a little toasty and bald! 🙂 The expression… Scared to death! 🙂
I have often considered becoming a vegetarian, but I agree it wouldn’t make any difference. I too try not to think of the animal from which my meat came from…
No, I can’t say that I’ve ever considered becoming vegetarian, adee. I couldn’t live without bacon. 🙂
😀 😀 😀
oh, poor Guinea Pig. but but I wonder why this made me feel sad for the poor animal when I have seen a lot of real pigs in such a position. In the Philippines, they are called ‘lechon’. Quite tasty, too. 🙂
Hahaha. Yes, I guess the smaller and cuter the animal, the more sorry we feel for it. 🙂
That’s so sad !
Eeekkkk … I totally understand the culture. Hell, we eat animals that others consider sacred. One must do what one must do to survive and to have nourishment. I barely eat meat – maybe, once a week, an don’t really enjoy it. I’m just a little concerned about my nutrition so I muddle through.
It’s still a GREAT post for the challenge. The pix’s are what counts not the content whether you agree or not.
Thanks, Issy. Yes, you’re right. I don’t eat a lot of meat either, but I couldn’t give it up altogether. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂
That is indeed superfresh 😉
Forgive me for not partaking 🙂
You’re forgiven. 🙂
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I have a pet guinea pig growing up so it was hard for me to look at the last picture. Every culture have it’s way of eating food which is very unusual for some. There are some weird foods in the Phlippines where I grew up. As they say, “It’s an acquired taste.”
Thanks for your comment, IT. Yes, each country has its own peculiarities which other people can’t quite get their head around. 🙂
Oh my goodness! I had no idea, there must be a few interesting guinea pig recipes out there.
Now there’s a fascinating thought. 🙂
This one is really different 🙂 Every country has different culture…
Very true, Amy. It wouldn’t do to be all the same, I suppose. Too boring. 🙂
Great photos ! But there nothing wrong with it. I think in our western world pigs, chickens etc. suffer more.
N.B. I wouldn’t mind to try one 😉
Thanks so much, Angela. I think you’re right about the suffering. 😦
Bit challenging eh? In more than one sense of the word.
I remember reading about guinea pigs being eaten in Latin America years ago. I did wonder if I would end up starving or having to eat them when I made my much anticipated trip there (still haven’t done). I’d probably be able to manage without them tbh.
I do think some of the reaction to eating guinea pigs are like the knee jerk reaction to eating horse and donkey. But these days it’s very black and white to me. If you eat animals/fish/birds, don’t criticise someone else for the ones they eat. Because the truth is, you haven’t got a leg to stand on for criticising someone else’s culture.
If you don’t eat animals, you might be in a position to say ‘gosh, I couldn’t eat those cute furry little pets.’ But if you don’t eat animals, you don’t have that perspective anyway. One of your other commenters mentioned hypocrisy. I would say so too, but we all justify whatever we do. We don’t eat dogs or horses, but we eat sheep and cows. We don’t eat meat, but we eat fish and maybe chicken. You get the idea. (I don’t mean me personally because I’ve been veg for more than 20 years).
Oddly I was thinking about a food post for this one too. Fresh out of the oven. Veg lasagna 😀
I think it’s very much a case of “When in Rome, do as Rome does.” We can’t judge another nations’ culture. I still couldn’t eat a guinea pig though. 🙂 Veg Lasagne sounds much more appetising. 🙂
YIKES! But I suppose to each his/her own. Wonder if it tastes like chicken. 😉
Good take, ad.
Thanks, Gemma. I guess we’ll just have to wonder. 🙂
That’s my thinking, exactly! 🙂
Good one! I love the “guinea piggy huggers.” 🙂
Thanks so much, Lisa. 🙂
Odd to see what some have as a typical household pet in the states – eaten for dinner.
I think I’ll pass… 😉
Yes, to each his own, I guess. 🙂
Oh my gosh. I knew they ate guinea pigs in Ecuador, but forced it out of my mind. I used to have pet guinea pigs. I can’t imagine eating them. Yikes. Hope I don’t spot them when I finally go to Ecuador. It’s near the top of my travel list, but I may run amok trying to free them.
Hahaha. I think you could spend your holiday protesting about cruelty to guinea pigs. 🙂
Such a contrast story these pictures are telling.
Thanks, YC. It’s a sad story. ;(
I just crossed Peru off the list. (it means turkey in Portuguese- how confusing is that?) 🙂
Very confusing indeed, Jo. 🙂
Well, on the plus side it looks like they get a pretty good life. Plenty of friends and plenty of space. And they look pretty healthy from this layman’s point of view. More than can be said for a lot of animals that are bred for eating!
You’re comment just reminded me of Monty Python’s “Always look on the bright side of life. ” 😀
That’s quite funny; I was watching The Holy Grail at the weekend! I was in stitches (surprise, surprise :-))
I don’t see much difference from eating rabbits, which many do here. It’s all protein. I have more of a problem with beef or pork or chicken after seeing the feed lots they’re raised in and the documentaries on the way they are slaughtered. Quite sickening, that.
Very valid points, Gunta. The voice of reason. 🙂
Great shots…but oh, poor sweet little ones…My best friend had a guinea pig when we went to school together. Eating pets is not what I like. The thing is, that eating meat gets so much worse if I cannot take away the pictures of a cow’s beautiful eyes or a calf’s unsteady legs, or…Well, I’m sure I will end up a vegetarian sooner or later.
Yes, I also try not to think about the live animal. I don’t think that my becoming vegetarian would make much of a difference, so I’ll carry on eating meat. 🙂
Gives new meaning for being used as a guinea pig!!! I really enjoy your photography,
Hahaha. Clever comment, Rebecca. 🙂
I guess I won’t send this post to my husband who still loves his guinea pig Gus from childhood. It is strange, I don’t eat ducks or lamb because I had them as pets. Now free range cattle abut The Holler. They are intelligent, communal, and we have formed a bond with them. How can I justify eating them? I can’t, but I still will because I always have. My friend Junko from Japan eats whale meat when she goes home, which I do not agree with. It is interesting how different cultures pick different animals as pets, and others as food. India probably is the most logical, not eating any animal. But then, what about plants? I love my plants and don’t want rabbits or anyone eating them. We humans are a strange tribe! Great post that brings the hyprocrisy of this issue into the forefront~
Thanks, Cindy for a very interesting comment. Who are we to judge another person’s culture? Reminds me of that Robert Owen saying. “”All the world is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer” 😀
Not a vegetarian but I am more than sure I would pass on this one… and probably crunch on some cabbage leaf instead. 🙂
You don’t surprise me, Ese. 🙂
Our sensibilities as humans differ across the world and this post admirably illustrates that. I keep Budgies as pets and I know that Aboriginal Australians used to value their young as a delicacy. In Zimbabwe locusts and Grasshoppers are enjoyed freshly caught & fried – me, I’ll stick with the Sadza ne Bhinzi! Now that’s upset the red-blooded meat eaters 😉
Very true. I have no idea what Sadza ne Bhinzi is. 🙂
Cornmeal with Bean stew 🙂
Shona from Zimbabwe – my good lady’s home tongue 🙂 Thought it might be known in South Africa.
We had the same experience in Ecuador and Tanzania. It’s an economical way of getting protein. Definitely fresh cuy. Great choice, Sylvia. 🙂
Thanks, Lynne. Makes sense if they are so plentiful, and they certainly look plump. 🙂
Oh that’s really not nice. I used to keep guinea pigs when I was younger. Loved the little squeeks, burbles and whistles. They used to be genuinely pleased to see me when I went to their cage. Such affectionate little things. I guess I just don’t like to think of any of the meat we eat Sylvia. I couldn’t give it up but the older I get, the harder it is to face the facts about where this delicious steak or pork chop has come from. An interesting take on the challenge. 😉
Thanks, Adrian. “Little squeeks, burbles and whistles”……..Can’t say I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to them. 🙂
My very first pet was a guinea pig. I don’t eat meat only fish, but I see no difference in guinea pig, bugs or sheep!
I’ve never had a pet guinea pig, Gilly, but I certainly couldn’t eat one, or bugs for that matter. 🙂
enough to make me a vegetarian… love the photos though..
Thanks, bulldog. I do like a bit of meat, but I couldn’t anything I might keep as a pet. 🙂
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I feel totally sorry for them….hardly could look at this. I have a soft heart I guess.
A soft heart is a good thing to have, Laurie.
I just could not bring myself to try one!
Me neither, Tandy. I guess we’ll never see a guinea pig recipe on your blog. 🙂
I had heard of this so I braced myself before looking at the pictures.
Hahaha. Very wise move. 🙂
I hadn’t realised they ate the LITTLE fellas! Better not show this to my granddaughters, bad enough their brother makes a point of showing them the rabbits which hang outside our butcher in the winter months! I don’t think they’d cope knowing people eat guinea-pigs as well! Great post for the challenge 🙂
Thanks so much. No definitely don’t show the pics to your granddaughters. Sounds as though your grandson might enjoy it though. 😀
Haha, that is SO true 😉
Oh good grief no! I am totally shocked AD! Gross! I can’t believe anyone could eat those cute little furries. Gosh, are they that hungry? 😆
So sorry, Sonel. I should have warned you not to venture here today. 😆 It’s a delicacy from the time of the Incas, if that’s any excuse.
LOL! Just pulling your leg AD. I know that there are people that eat all kinds of animals and I am quite used to see photo’s of it as well but I do promise you, if that was me taking that shot of the poor GP they wouldn’t have eaten it afterwards..hahahahaha
Yes, the poor Incas had no choice hey. They weren’t so lucky to have all the choices we have today. 😀
I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, Sonel in your last sentence. The voice of reason. 🙂
Did not think that people ate guinea pigs.
Neither did I until I went to Ecuador and Peru. They are a national delicacy. I couldn’t bring myself to try them though. 🙂
Your entry for “fresh” is absolutely fresh AND unique. I wonder if it tastes like chicken. If there were a prize for Best of WPC: Fresh, it would be awarded to you and your photos.
Thanks so much, Ruth. Just my quirky mind at work. 🙂
Not one for the bunny huggers AD. 😀
Or the guinea piggy huggers. 🙂