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From 10 July 2005 Issue

Recipe for a Reformed Cannibal
By Greg Lawson - [email protected] 

Silence of the Lambs was on cable the other night as was the sequel, Hannibal. I really love the scene where Dr. Lector served Ray Liotta his own sautéed brain, a bit at a time. I'm sorry, I just loved that scene, good acting, good special effects makeup. In a future recipe I will feature a brain substitute, after I see the movie Land of the Dead, but for right now, enjoy liver, fava beans and a nice chianti.

Vegan Liver and Onions

1 8 to 12 oz. package marinated seitan
1 large red onion-chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
4 scallions chopped,
fresh black pepper or white pepper
1 cup Zinfandel white wine
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

Saute onions, scallions and garlic in olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. After the onions soften, add wine, chives and seitan and cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is reduced completely. Add paprika and black or white pepper to taste.
When I was a teenager, I remember eating liver and onions that my mother made. The whole episode is, for some bizarre reason, imprinted in my brain. I was watching a sci-fi movie, The Black Scorpion (1957), and eating on a TV tray. I remember that I pretended that the liver was tree bark. Even years before I went vegetarian, I didn't want to think about where liver really came from. Shiver. (BTW, as usual in 1950's monster animal movies, the scorpion didn't get caught by scientists in a large jar and released outside. Poor fella.)

Foole Moudammas (a mid-eastern fava bean dish)

1 16 oz. can fava beans (Progresso or other brand)
1 tsp salt
2 garlic cloves, mashed
one to two tablespoons lemon juice
fresh parsley
virgin olive oil

Drain fava beans and bring to a slow boil. Add salt, garlic, lemon juice and return to a boil. Mash beans slightly if desired. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and olive oil.

Light some candles (made without beeswax of course).
Serve with a nice Chianti.

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