Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Let's all make out like a Wagyu cow :)

This is a lighthearted post, so please dig out your sense of humour :)

I've had a client recently who works for a certified Wagyu farm. As I used to serve a lot of Wagyu beef dishes when I worked in a restaurant, I had a lot of questions for him and he was such a darling-answered every single one of them obligingly.
Turns out, not everything I was told in the restaurant is correct and not everything that's commonly suggested re. Wagyu beef is a myth.
Here's how my client explained it:

-Imagine a guy who runs a mile each morning to keep fit, works hard so he could make lots of $$, participates in all the charities and extra-curriculum activities, trying to please everyone around him... Well if you cut him open after death, you would find his meat very stressed and tough, not at all tender or tasty.

-Now imagine the guy who sits in front of a TV all day, drinking beer, not having a care in the world. His meat would be very relaxed, tender, juicy and quite tasty.

In Japan, they DO give Wagyu cows beer, with the sole purpose of relaxing the cow, putting it in a mellow mood. They also massage the cows in Japan as well. All that on the top of minimum movement, preventing any and all possible stress and feeding a special secret mix of grain, etc, which changes after a certain amount of weeks to something different. All that is done to achieve the perfect marbling of the beef and to ensure that the meet is "relaxed" and not tense.

They don't give their cows beer or massage them in New Zealand (purely because they can afford to keep more cattle, as the land here is much cheaper than it is in Japan), but they do feed them that special secret recipe diet and make sure the cows don't move much and are as relaxed as possible.

What my client told me is that he could produce Waguy beef out of any breed of cow (even Angus, he said)- the secret is to keep cows as "chilled out" as possible at all times.

That got me thinking. Sometimes we don't realise how much stress (which could be easily avoided) we put ourselves under.
The thing is, we cannot control how others think and what they say about us. We just cannot control others-period. We can,however, control how we behave and how we  react.
We can get up every morning and try to be the best person we can be. For our own sake. Some days it works better than others, but, then, we are only human: faults and weaknesses and all.

We should all try to be more like a Wagyu cow: as relaxed as possible in order to be in the best mental,emotional and physical shape.

I would like to finish with a quote from late Steve Jobs:"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life"

1 comment:

  1. and we should all definitely drink more beer and whilst having an outstanding massage.