brains and barley stew

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 in Food

Oh gosh, guys, do I have some big news for you! I’m actually a little bit afraid to tell you for fear that you’ll run away screaming and never read my blog again, but it is going to come out sooner or later, so I might as well bite the brain bullet and spill the blood beans. Here goes…

Babyface and I…well…we are zombies.

The Living Dead. Walkers. Flesh-Eating Skull Suckers. And proud of it!

I know what you are thinking, “But Cassie, zombies are mindless creatures without any reason, control or sense. And they certainly don’t write blogs!”

And to that I say, “LIES! LIES! LIES!”

The truth is, a lot of us Living Impaired (as we prefer to be called) are perfectly normal, contributing members of society. I know it can be hard to believe, especially when jerks like the CDC are telling you how terrible we are, but the truth is, we’re just like you. We cook, we watch TV, we exercise, we do the laundry. We just happen to do all of these things while craving human flesh and tending to our oozing sores. We were people too, ya know?

The propaganda out there would like you to believe we are stumbling around this Earth moaning, “BRRRAAAIIIIINNNNSSS!” when in all actuality, most of us prefer to cook a nice medium-rare frontal lobe at home in the comfort of our own kitchen. Serve it with a side of oven-roasted phalanges and a nice glass of warm O-neg and you’ve got yourself one heck of a nice evening as far as we’re concerned.

I know it is risky to come out, but I think it is high time that us Living Impaired are accepted and respected as members of this community. You should really try to get to know our kind. We probably won’t even eat you! Just as long as you remember to use your turn signal and not talk loudly on your cell phone in a public place. Annoying people taste like sweet, sweet vengeance.

To prove to you that I really want to be accepted, I’ve come bearing a gift in recipe form: brains and barley stew. I can read your mind now and you are thinking “EWWW. Barley? Gross!” But I promise barley is delicious! A little bit chewy and totally hearty, it helps make this stew a perfect candidate for eating on a cold All Hallow’s Eve while sauteing serving up trick-or-treaters.

When choosing your human flesh to use in the stew, make sure to only choose fresh, sustainably-raised human. Avoid human factory farms! Eat humans that lived a good life. Some of the best human flesh is shipped from the Upper East Side of NYC and Beverly Hills. Expensive, but worth the price for a special dinner with a special someone. It’s amazing how tender and flavorful human is when they’ve been fed a champagne and caviar diet exclusively. Devine!

The name of this stew suggests a brain-heavy dish, but you can use whatever human meat you have lying around the house. Small children thigh and calf meat is always a great choice and, I guess if you are an antipeopletarian, you could always sub in beef stew meat (just don’t tell me you did). If you want a real boost of flavor, make your own human stock by boiling a few femurs, some hands and an eyeball or two with onions, carrots, celery and water. It really turns this dish into something life death changing.

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Brains and Barley Stew

Makes 8 Servings

While most of this dish is made using pantry staples, finding the barley can be a bit of a challenge. Check out your local co-op or health food store’s bulk bins and look for pearl barley (not barley flakes). While you are there, pick up some coastal temporal lobe, its flavor works as a great compliment to the wine stock.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds human flesh (brains, skin and meat), cut into 1/2″ pieces OR 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, sliced into thick rounds
  • 4 large stalks celery, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-14 1/2 ounce can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 4 cups beef (or human) broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup uncooked medium pearl barley

Directions

  1. In a large soup pot or dutch oven, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat until hot.
  2. While pot is heating, toss meat with flour and shake off extra. Add to pot and sear on all sides until just brown. Remove and set aside.
  3. Add remaining tablespoon of olive oil to pot and heat. Add in onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook until just softened, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add in mushrooms, stewed tomatoes, red wine, broth, bay, thyme, salt and pepper. Scrape bottom of pot to release all the deliciousness left from searing the meat. Add back in the meat.
  5. Bring to a boil, add in barley. Reduce heat, cover and simmer, for about 45-60 minutes or until barley is cooked and meat is tender. Remove bay leaves before serving.

I hope you all will still accept me after my big revelation. I’m still the same girl. Just paler and with a few more flesh wounds. Maybe one day, I’ll even get you to try out some of my peopletarian dishes! I promise they aren’t as scary as they seem. Oh, and if you are interested in furthering the acceptance of the Living Impaired, I working on creating the flagship chapter of the Alliance for Walking Dead Acceptance. We’re going to be huge. HUGE, I tell ya!

Will you still be my friend? I promise not to eat you.

Happy Halloween!

32 Comments

  1. DUH! :)

    • HAHA. A+

  2. LOL!!!! Hilarious!

    Here in Holland Halloween is not such a big thing. Hardly any trick or treating and such. However, my son did have a Halloween party at school and bullied me into making him a Harry Potter costume. Which I made…. of course….

    • Aww! I love kids in costumes. :) Halloween is (obviously) a huge deal in the States. We love to get our spook on!

  3. I dunno… I personally found that the humans shipped in from Beverly Hills taste kinda gamey and generally fake, like they were infused with plastic or something. I just don’t get it! So disappointing!

    • Yeah, it depends entirely on your human supplier. Some of the California human does have a lot of gross filler. Yuck!

  4. My husband and I are zombie hunters. So I’m afraid that we won’t be frequenting the same parties. (Not that I’m a zombie racist or anything. My best friend is a zombie. And also I’m 1/18th zombie on my paternal grandmother’s side. So I’m obviously not a zombie racist.)

    • OH no! Well maybe we can just agree to disagree. :P

  5. Ha! You both look spectacularly spooky, but I think we can all forgive you being zombies, for today at least. Happy Halloween!

    • Yeah, we’re back to regular ole humans today. Apparently the zombie virus was short-lived.

  6. LOL this made my day! You guys are pretty creepy zombies.

    • I take that as a compliment! :)

  7. oh man, best halloween post ever!! i love the one where you’re on the elliptical. classic. and this recipe is so perfect for halloween too (hot and cozy and scary ;) )

    • Hahah, that one’s totally my favorite, too. The sweat band cracks me up. It opens up a whole philosophical question about if zombies sweat or not. And this recipe IS delicious (even without the brains).

  8. That was too cute! Loved it!

    • Thanks! We had fun putting it together. :)

  9. Great pictures!

    • Thanks! :)

  10. This was adorable! Even though I’m a bit grossed out now by that really realistic-looking brain lol!

    • We were so excited to find that one! In packaging like a butcher, too!

  11. this made me laugh!

    • Good! There were plenty of laughs while we were taking the pictures, too. Zombie face is fantastically hard to master.

  12. Love Love Love!

    • Glad to hear it wasn’t too scary. :D

  13. ahahahaha you crack me up. Funniest halloween post I’ve seen yet! ;) Love the zombie look!

    • Haha, thanks! Think I should make it a permanent makeup look? :P

  14. Best.Post.Ever. I love Halloween! You guys look great. I can tell you’ve been eating only real humans, it’s important to eat clean, whole, people. It’s not a diet it’s a deadstyle!

    • Haha, thanks! Real humans give you a nice…glow.

  15. LOL! You guys are amazing :)
    It takes a lot of guts to admit to being a member of the Living Impaired community, and we all love and appreciate you for it, with every inch of our non-beating hearts. <3

    BTW, have you read The Zen of Zombie yet? Totally death-changing ;)

    • No! I haven’t read it. I’ll have to get it from the library. Thanks for the suggestion!

  16. Hilarious!

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