HANNIBAL'S: PORK & VEAL PIES
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FARMING - The backbone of any society is the production of food to feed the population, though these days much of what we eat is imported from other producers, such as fish farmed in Asia. Around 60% is home grown. That is a good thing because we can no longer find enough fish locally having exhausted our fisheries. Agriculture is also changing where we have drained the soil for so long with artificial fertilizers that yields will fall, meaning a shift to obtaining protein from the sea - but unfortunately we are disposing of around 8 millions tons of plastic in our seas - poisoning marine life that we need to keep us nourished. Food security is therefore high on the United Nations agenda via the Food and Agriculture Organization. This picture was taken in the summer of 2017. This land is set to be built on with more climate unfriendly houses in Sussex, as the UK accelerates us toward oblivion.
Food is essential for life for all animals on earth. The problem being that we now need more food for our growing population from less farm land, as desertification worsens, and fish become a rarity. This will lead to shortages sooner than anticipated, as our fossil fools - our world leaders, ramp up the burning of coal and oil, despite it being a criminal offence to take or cause lives to be taken, either directly or indirectly.
When all the chickens, cattle, lambs and pigs have been eaten, and there is scant grain or grass to feed or fatten livestock, you may like to think on what humans tend to resort to when there is no other food source for survival. History has shown us that when no other food is available, we eat each other, as many other animals do. We are not unusual.
Cannibalism has almost disappeared, but could make a return as civilization breaks down because of water and food shortages. At that stage, neighbours might be viewed as livestock. Those not well thought of, or unable to defend themselves are sure to be eaten first. But it is the politicians who failed us, who are most likely to be devoured preferentially. So ridding the starving masses of the cause of their plight - and reducing the population at the same time.
A council meeting takes on a whole new meaning when you are starving, and parliament would be more an auction akin to a farmer's market. These venues herd potential future meals conveniently for those dying of malnutrition.
Apparently, human flesh tastes like pork and veal, according to accounts of the pies being sold in London, by Margery Lovett and Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. So you could be in for a treat.
HANNIBAL'S TASTY MEAT PIES
Hannibal Lecter was a cannibal who ate people for many reasons, mostly if they were rude or inept. He is of course a fictional character in the celebrated film masterpiece: The Silence of the Lambs. He is held to be skillful in culinary preparations involving unusual meats. But as human flesh is similar in texture and taste like pork, the recipes for more pies, burgers, stews or roasts should serve as examples of how to feed a family when starvation bites. See Hannibal's Cook Book.
*Under no circumstances should the brain of an animal be eaten. It could cause a disease similar to mad cow.
HAPPY MUNCHING - I hope you like my recipe Clarice. It is perfect for a special picnic or a summer lunch and an easy pastry for those with 'hot hands'. Start these pies the day before; they need to set overnight or for a good few hours before eating with friends.
Titus Andronicus’s Human Pie
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