September 25, 2006


The man who extemporaneously wrote Mammoth Salad as a comment to a blog post has just died. If you can judge a man by the number and quality of his friends, then Mike Ford will be greatly missed. Here's part of the text at the first link:

Hot Gingered Pygmy Mammoth & Jumbo Shrimp Salad

Feeds your whole tribe.

1 pygmy mammoth, boned and cubed (about Ĺ ton)
Ĺ ton jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (many many ordinary shrimps, or one Ebirah claw)
10 buckets sesame seeds
60 pounds bean thread noodles if you are an Eastern tribe, whatever your tribe uses for noodles otherwise. If you have not yet invented the noodle, this might be a good time to do so.
1 bucket vegetable oil
1 bucket sesame oil
10 buckets minced fresh ginger
6 buckets minced garlic
15 buckets dry Sherry
15 buckets rice wine vinegar
60 pounds sugar
60 buckets diced fresh mangoes
15 buckets chopped green onions
Big Snorgulís helmet full of red pepper flakes
10 buckets chopped fresh cilantro, plus 5 Big Snorgulís helmets fresh cilantro, garnish
1000 large heads lettuce, cored and leaves separated (a raid on the People Who Grow Stuff may be necessary)
30 buckets thinly sliced, peeled, seeded, drained cucumbers, or just chop up the damn cucumbers and say "Fie to thee!" a lot
All the chives you got

I only knew him through his comments at Making Light, of which the above was one. The man could make words jump through hoops there.

Click the first link to read the full cooking technique. Click the second one to read moving tributes and find a bibliography of his works.

Posted by Linkmeister at September 25, 2006 12:39 PM | TrackBack