exotic dishes

A spread of traditional mezes photograph by Peden & Munk

  • “Meze, which is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers before a main dish.  A big part of the dining experience in Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Arab countries. The word “meze” means “taste” and/or “snack.” The concept is very similar to the tapas of Spain,”
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Because I struggle with bad eye sight I thought I would save others the eye strain and type up what is actually written on the back of this Hannibal prop for those interested. Apparently this sold for $1000 at the Hannibal auction but all for a good cause.

And yes this is what I am doing with my valuable time instead of working on my lab report for uni. Procrastination at it’s finest XD


Hannibal The Cannibal:

The trial of Dr. Hannibal Lecter revealed to the public another side of a man who was a respected member of proper society in Baltimore. A man who was respected as one of the most brilliant psychiatric minds among his peers. A man who was a gourmand and often entertained societies elite and soirees where they wined and dined on expertly prepared exotic dishes prepared by the host himself. A man who worked a psychological profiler for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A man who was in fact the notorious Chesapeake Ripper. An infamous serial killer with a murderous career as shocking as it is prolific. The trial of Dr. Lecter - shocking as it was, was only the beginning of the disturbing story of the man who became known as Hannibal the Cannibal.This book is a deep psychiatric assessment from the very Doctor who worked with Dr. Lecter as well as knew him once as a friend. A revealing study of what caused Lecter to torture and kill the people around him. What caused him to even eat his victims and feed them to unknowing house guests. A perfect storm of brilliance, violence and psychotic behaviour that resulted in one of the worst serial killers in history.

About The Author:

Dr Frederick Chilton is a doctor of psychiatry and author having written several papers that have been published in prestigious publications such as the American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Medicine Today. He began his career soon after graduating from Harvard University by starting his own practice where he was able to treat people with a great measure of success. He soon became a fellow at the Harvard School of Psychiatric Medicine where he continued to study and publish in his field. Dr. Chilton soon became a specialist in criminal psychology and was a consultant and advisor in the Criminal Court of Maryland. He most recently has been working at the Hospital Director of the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane where he worked directly with and studied Dr. Lecter himself.

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Soba with Oven Roasted Asian Mushrooms and Crispy Seaweed
Pirate’s Galley is an exciting new project from Sea Shepherd, which will feature vegan cooking from a range of celebrity and in house chefs. The first set of videos are filmed on board the Steve Irwin’s galley with TV chef, Simon Bryant. Simon shows off a range of exotic and delicious dishes, simple enough to cook at home or at sea.

Unmentionables

I stumbled across the book Unmentionable Cuisine at my local library.

I would highly recommend this book to Hannibal fic writers. Not only does it have instructions on how to prepare just about every part of an animal including the organs and even blood, which with a little imagination can be extended to the proper butchery of “long pig,” but it has unusual exotic dishes from around the world. Looking for a recipe for silkworm omelets, cock’s combs or calf’s spleen. This book has it. The author, Calvin W. Schwabe, has a good dry sense of humor. The recipe for “Turkey Testes a la Rosenwald” (named for a friend who Schwabe praises as “probably the world’s leading authority on turkey testicles”) starts like this:

Partially thaw frozen turkey testicles and express the organ from its membranes by squeezing it as one would peel a Concord grape.

I looked for the ortolan bunting recipe, which it didn’t have, but it did have a recipe for a small bird casserole called “Starlings in Crust”

Remove the backbones from some prepared starlings…Wrap each bird in a piece of pig’s omentum. Pack tightly in a shallow baking dish on a bed of the backbones, chopped onions, and chopped carrots, all browned in butter…

Cook birds on a bed of their own pan-fried spines. This book is full of gems like this.

I wouldn’t use this as an actual cookbook. There are no units of measurements given and since this book was published originally in 1979, some of the factual information is out of date. There is a section on the danger of contracting trichinosis from undercooked pork (which isn’t a worry any more with the cleanliness of farmed pork), but no warnings about Mad Cow Disease from eating cow or calf brains.

Just as a warning, this book is interesting but not for the fainthearted. There is a chapter called “Dog and Cat Meat,” and Schwabe does not shy away from the topic. So if that would bother you, just skip it.

The Baron’s table is lavish, with a smorgasbord of gourmet dishes, exotic ingredients, and even an entire rosted pig.  The Baron does not even sample anything, instead only sipping his glass of wine.  After a long and satisfying dinner, you cannot help but question your benefactor on this.  His face splits into a smile, revealing his unnaturally long canines-

“Oh, child, my feast is about to begin!”

1000 Flowers for the Planet - #652 Avoid Exotic Dishes when Travelling

There are many ways you can avoid contributing to animal cruelty. It’s a matter of becoming aware of the consequences of your actions. When travelling abroad you may want to try the local cuisine, which might include very unusual foods, but before taking part in exotic dishes, educate yourself about how they’ve made it to your plate. Live octopus, frogs legs, shark fin, foie gras, balut (partially developed ducks eaten from the eggs before they’ve hatched), and bear claws, to name but a few because I didn’t have the stomach to research much further.

It might be hard to find out about the foods you may be offered to eat in faraway lands, but if you care about animals and care about preventing animal cruelty, then learn about your destinations and your prospective food choices before you go on holiday. Let’s make this an animal cruelty free planet.