Animal Writes
29 March 2000 Issue
Robert Cohen Speaks In El Paso And Kitty Litter Cake Recipe

by [email protected] 

Last weekend, Robert Cohen, author of "Milk, the Deadly Poison", was the guest speaker at a dinner hosted by the Vegetarian Society of El Paso. One hundred and twenty people (about a third were non-members interested in learning more about vegetarianism) listened to the story of how milk causes everything from breast and prostate cancers to ear infections and asthma in children.

Minds were opened, books were sold, many went away either mad at the dairy industry, scared, awed or with their worst fears about milk confirmed. I am sure that a good number of our ovo-lacto vegetarian members were moved down the path to veganism.

see Cohen's site for the facts about milk

The NOTMILK Homepage! (MILK is a bad-news substance!) 

Cohen is a fascinating personality. With a seemingly photographic memory and a background in biology, he has studied thousands of scientific and government research documents about the hormones in milk and their effect on the human body.

He is one of the biggest threats to the Dairy Industry and the Monsanto Company (manufacturers of recombinant bovine growth hormone, rBGH) and they have employees who keep track of Cohen, and what he says, and try to come up with damage control. At one of his speeches at a university, Tom and Jerry's gave away free ice cream to the students.

Robert Cohen's largest battle right now is a petition he filed against the Food and Drug Administration to have Monsanto's rBGH taken off the market, and things look pretty good that this will happen. Robert has been on a hunger strike, consuming only liquids, since November 7th and so he didn't get to enjoy the bountiful vegan buffet the veg society enjoyed.

HUNGERSTRIKE! Diary for March 2000 

On Saturday, the board of directors of the veg society held a potluck supper with about 15 people. I brought a veganized version of a recipe I found on the internet called Kitty Litter Cake. In a new kitty litter pan, with a litter scooper to serve, the dessert consists of cake crumbs, lemon pudding globs covered with crumbs, and carefully shaped semi-sweet (vegan, not milk chocolate) morsels.

Cohen was intrigued by it and said, "This looks absolutely delicious."

"I was hoping it would tempt you off your hunger strike," I said.

"Almost," he said. "You must give me the recipe."

So, here it is Robert, and thanks for visiting with us.

Kitty Litter Cake (vegan)

1 new kitty litter pan (pick a small size)

1 new scooper

1 box white cake mix (a flavor helps like coconut or banana, I did spice

cake but the crumbs were a bit dark)


EnerG brand egg replacer or other egg substitute

1 tub Spectrum Spread or other margarine without trans-fat

1 box lemon pudding mix (or make a pudding with cornstarch, sugar,

lemon juice and water)

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate

In a double boiler or in the microwave, melt the chocolate. Allow to cool to room temperature. When nearly hardened, spoon onto wax paper and shape the pieces. Be sure to taper at least one end. Make lemon pudding and chill. Bake cake according to directions using soymilk, margarine and egg replacer. (Hint: I use blenderized tofu to replace half of the margarine called for). Allow to cool.

Wash kitty litter pan and then crumble the cake into it (I used a grater to make small crumbs). Spoon globs of lemon pudding into the crumbs and mix it around a bit. Decorate with the chocolate shapes pushing some of them under the crumbs. As a nice finishing touch I used crumbled green fruit loops to simulate the little odor eating crystals in the brand I use.

Surprise your family and friends with this unique cake for April Fools Day, but make sure the family cat doesn't see it.

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