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18 July 1999 Issue

Cajun Vegan Gumbo
By [email protected]

Cajun Vegan Gumbo, Hmm ....that sounds as alien as the phrase Klatu Barada Nikto. If you don’t get that reference you aren’t savvy in the history of sci-fi movies. At the end of this article I will tell you what famous movie that is from.


2 large organic vine ripened tomatoes, or 2 large bio-engineered tomatoes which have fish genes included into the DNA strain (you never know what you get at the supermarket these days. And they really have implanted fish genes in tomatoes to keep them from freezing, damn those greedy bio-engineer conglomerates who control our food supply and who only care about the bottom line and not about the safety of consumers who eat these new “Frankenfoods” or the consequences on the environment of the release of genetically manipulated crops into the ecosystem and the superweeds which might result, but I digress....)

1 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup canned red kidney beans
1 large stalk celery, chopped
1 cup frozen sliced okra, or cook some fresh, this ingredient is a must
2 dried cayenne peppers, crushed,
1 can tomato sauce
4 or whatever number you wish garlic cloves, chopped
Some herbs, I suggest a bay leaf and some fresh basil and parsley and oregano,
but Hey, this recipe is a work in progress and you can feel free to modify it in any way
you see fit.
Some wine, oh maybe about a half a cup of white or blush wine, whatever you are drinking as
you prepare this recipe.
4 slices of Yves brand Canadian bacon chopped into one inch squares (this is a vegan product
that tastes like ham)
4 links Yves brand veggie sausage links, sliced

Bring all the above ingredients to a boil and add

1 cup alligator flavored TVP chunks
(to make alligator flavored TVP chunks reconstitute one half cup of Textured Vegetable Protein Chunks {unflavored} in one cup of boiling water in a separate pot to which has been added one half tablespoon of Harvest Direct brand Seafood Flavored Broth {available through mail order from Harvest Direct}(or you can use a broth made from dried seaweed) and one half tablespoon of Osem brand Instant Clear Consommé Soup Mix <chicken flavored> [but it is a vegetarian product] (or there are several chicken flavored soup mixes that can be substituted){but you must use some sort of chicken flavored substitute because all my contacts say gator tastes just like chicken (but I wouldn’t know because I have been a vegetarian for over twenty years, and never ate gator ) }] )} ) > )

Simmer for about half an hour or so while you cook some rice to serve with this dish and finish off the wine.

Oh yeah, “Klatu Barada Nikto” is the line spoken to the alien robot named Gort in the 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. I keep praying that aliens will come down like they did in that movie and say “Hey, you have really messed up your planet and we don’t want you mucking about in outer space. This is your last chance.”

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