DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
COWS, according to Anthony Bourdain, outnumber people three to one in Uruguay. They — people — eat meat 10 to 12 times a week.
Bourdain delivers these facts in a way that suggests they’re slightly startling, but I didn’t think they were that big a deal.
I would’ve thought a few of you may eat meat a couple of times a day wouldn’t you? Steak for dinner, bacon at breakfast, a hamburger, spag bol, late-night kebab, it adds up. You could get to 14 times a week without much effort.
Not to take anything away from those Uruguayans though. They do meat in a very big way.
Anthony and his brother, Chris, are on a personal odyssey that takes them south and finally, after some in-house talk about their family history that bored me stupid, lands them at a market in Montevideo in front of a huge barbecue.
And the meat . . . many, many types of meat; accompanied by meat.
Chris says he could contemplate spreading the blood sausage on a baguette.
Anthony’s response is he could contemplate spreading it on his whole body. It tastes like meat, but with the consistency of chocolate cake. It does resemble chocolate cake, but I doubt you’d make that mistake when you got it in your mouth.
There are some vegetables — two, I believe. Potatoes (‘‘Wasted real estate,’’ Anthony says) and red capsicum.
Or one vegetable and a fruit. He is completely dismissive of anything that’s not meat. Fair enough. When in Rome, right?
And it’s not just red meat either. They go out into the country, a few hours north to Lavalleja, where they have one of those nandu birds and their eggs. They’re kind of like ostrich and whatever colour meat you get off an armadillo . . . I think they ate the armadillo. I had to fast forward through that bit. I’m sorry, tiny bit derelict, but I couldn’t quite watch, he was so cute. No Reservations SBS One, 8.30pm
Meat feat: Anthony Bourdain