August 07, 2006

And in Animal News...

Katharine Harris holds up a possum, and A Manatee Grows in Brooklyn--or, as Dr. Smith puts it with a Graf Hindenberg-ian twist, "O! The Huge Manatee!" Manatee Spotted In NYC, Far From Home

It's the same old story--a naive kid goes to the Big Apple to find his dreams, and winds up lost and alone, living on handouts, and hoping for that One Big Break.


Anyway, what's a manatee story without a manatee recipe!?

Here's a nice one:

Cornish Game Manatee Acapulco
1 lb garlic puree
1/2 gallon olive oil
1/2 gallon lemon juice
1 lb ground coriander seeds
1 lb ground cumin
1/2 lb loosely packed fresh oregano leaves (or 2-1/2 lb dried oregano)
1 quart salsa (or 1 teaspoon cayenne)
Salt to taste
1 manatee
Sour cream and salsa for garnish
1 avocado, sliced

For sauce, blend first 7 ingredients until smooth. Add salt to taste.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Clean manatee, drizzle both sides with sauce, and bake approximately 10 hours in shallow pan, skin side up. Baste often.

To serve, garnish with sour cream, salsa, and avocado.

Yield: 4 servings

MMmmm--that's good manatee!

Posted by Terry Oglesby at August 7, 2006 01:41 PM

Four servings??!?! Who are we feeding here, Wilt Chamberlain?? Andre the Giant??


And I simply cannot imagine oregano in this recipe. Cilantro, maybe. But not oregano.

And you left out the red wine.

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at August 7, 2006 03:07 PM

OK, and that Katharine Harris photo is priceless. What exactly does that expression on her face mean?? (Besides "Holy %$#!#, I'm holding a possum! Are those teeth real??")

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at August 7, 2006 03:09 PM

Yes, four servings--I mean, sure, it's a marine mammal, but it's not like you're serving blue whale. As for the oregano, it does sound a bit odd, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt a bit to experiment. Same with the booze.

And judging by that expression on the possum's face, he's thinking the same thing about her that she's thinking of him.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 7, 2006 03:21 PM

Naive? Hardly. Simply a smart manatee, eyeing the dearth of manatees in the NY region, taking supply & demand for what it is, striking out to make a killing in the manatee market.

Alternatively, it's just a snowbird back from Miami Beach. Looking for a halfway decent brisket & onions, for crying out loud.

(BTW, your recipe is completely kosher, with the minor exception of the manatee.)

Posted by: skinnydan at August 7, 2006 03:23 PM

It tastes the same if you use chicken. A lot of chicken.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 7, 2006 03:39 PM

I wonder if she'll name her new pet Chad?

Posted by: Tony von Krag at August 7, 2006 09:30 PM


Chef Tony gets the prize today for that one.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 8, 2006 11:02 AM