Wednesday, July 09, 2008

World Hunger Summit Leaders Dine on Cockroach Ragout and Yakitori of Rat, with Jellyfish Sashimi on Kudzu Leaves


File this under major irony of 2008, but this past Sunday, the world leaders who represent all the countries concerned with the global food crisis, "sat down to an 18-course gastronomic extravaganza at a G8 summit in Japan, which is focusing on the food crisis."

Did any of the diners ponder their own hypocrisy for a nanosecond as their ivory chopsticks ascended to their well-fed jowls? Jowls quivering with such delicacies as milk-fed lamb, sea urchin gonads (known as "uni" in Japan), as well as the usual sturgeon roe and sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France (ho hum).

One wonders what an appropriate dinner menu for such an illustrious gathering might be. Anyone care to add to this list? The rules are that it must be:

  1. Abundant
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Easily attained
  4. Not harmful to the environment to raise/grow
Here's my suggested menu:
  • Mosquito fritter appetizer
  • Garden snail popcorn
  • Jellyfish sashimi on kudzu leaves
  • Pinto bean puree with a soybean reduction sauce
  • Cockroach ragout
  • Yakitori of rat
  • Crabgrass and dandelion salad with crabapple vinegar dressing
  • Rhubarb gelato with essence of compost syrup