The following recipes were taken from Snake Bites: Forkfuls For Forked Tongues, by A. Piscivorus; Reptile Publishing Syndicate (1983). Edited by Alex Berg.
Rat- Stuffed Rat
- 1/4 cup ground rat
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped carrots
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
- 1 clove chopped fresh garlic
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh bread crumbs
- 1 pinch ground black pepper to taste
- 8 medium sized rats, cleaned and split lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon bacon drippings
1. Preheat the oven broiler.
2. In a bowl, mix the ground rat, parsely carrots, celery, garlic, bread crumbs, and pepper.
3. Arrange the rats in a baking dish. Separate the skin from the fleshy underbelly of each rat, and stuff with equal amounts of the stuffing mixture. Brush with bacon drippings. Serve on a bed of mixed greens or baby spinach.
4. Broil the rats 7 minutes on each side in the preheated oven, or to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees farenheit (85 degrees celsius).
Note: For a heart-healthy alternative to bacon grease, mix 1 tablespoon olive oil with a generous pinch of salt.
Creamed Stork Eggs
- 8 stork eggs, stolen from the nest
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesean cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring water to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let eggs stand in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel, and chop.
2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour; when thoroughly blended, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened. Stir in cheese.
3. Pour sauce over chopped, boiled stork eggs.
Note: For those with a fang for spicier cuisine, try adding 2 tablespoons fresh venom to the sauce mixture just before pouring it over the eggs. It’ll add a zest you won’t soon forget!
Alex Berg is a graduate of Long Lake Camp for the Arts. It was during his 5 summer at Long Lake that he learned the art of improvisation. Alex had been the artistic director of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.
Alex’s mother sent him many care packages and today she runs Mirth in a Box, the best place to find camp care packages that will entertain and inspire your kids while they are at camp. Check us out at www.MirthinaBox.com!
Thanks to Dawgman & Foodtrails for the pictures via Flickr.com.