Saturday, April 19, 2008

From the recipe page of the Friday newspaper

I want you to know that the only reason I’m not making this is because it is Expressly Forbidden in Scripture (Lev. 17:10ff).

Blood in onions and tomatoes

Blood is rich in iron and protein. It is normally collected when an animal is slaughtered.


1 litre of blood
2 tomatoes
1 onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cooking oil
100-150 ml water

Collect the blood and leave it to settle for at least 30 minutes.
Drain out the liquid plasma after the blood has solidified.
Put the blood in a saucepan.
Skin and cut tomatoes.
Chop the onions.
Heat the oil and fry the onions till tender and golden brown.
Add the tomatoes.
Add salt and curry powder.
Add blood.
Using a whisk or mingling stick, stir and beat to break the lump and avoid burning.
Add water and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve hot with any bread.

More seriously, though, what does this recipe say about people’s lives here? The main ingredient is “rich in iron and protein,” as the article says, and probably less expensive than meat. It’s something to get you through the day with a reasonable amount of nourishment, I imagine.

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