Goblin cupcakes don't count.
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Flavoring the butter turns out to be trivial. Just put all the normal ingredients for snail butter (butter, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, maybe white wine) in a heavy zip-type bag and process sous vide at 140F for 2-3 hours. Strain fine, and you've got beautiful snail butter. Just be sure to go a little overboard on parsley and especially garlic, because unlike in normal snail butter, the solids will be strained out.
For those waiting with bated breath:
1. Snail eyeballs are now essentially perfect and ready to roll; the recipe is completely written and can be followed scrupulously
2. Crispy troll ears are in the final stage of testing, and should be ready to go; recipe is written (final test: whether frying is necessary or slow-roasting can substitute)
The next series of experiments will build the zombie bacon. I am very confident with about 90% of what's involved.
Most of the rest of the meal is much more ordinary cooking, and should go well.
IN OTHER NEWS
I did work out a new method for spherifying butter, which should result in a transparent (greenish-golden) eyeball. Since it looks like I may not be able to get nice big duck necks without a lot of expense and trouble, I may try doing two types of snail eyeballs, although that'll be a bit dull in some ways....
Here is what the test crispy troll ears looked like:
If you look closely, you can see that lovely green color, 'cause it's troll meat, obviously.
Tasted pretty good, especially since the braise I used was a sort of cheap halfway test version, not the full monty.
My wife shuddered when she saw the ears come out of the braise, all gray-green and hideous-looking. Yay!
Thank you, Jake!
As to consumerism and holidays, I completely agree. For me, this is actually sort of a re-tooling, in the sense that it's doing the whole Halloween Horror thing with almost total disregard for how the thing is marketed. (The one concession is that the Edible Graveyard will be decorated with Halloween-themed sugar decorations, but that's basically because (a) I don't know how to make them myself, (b) I understand it's not easy or cheap to get started doing so, and (c) I don't especially find the idea of learning all that interesting, so what the hey.)
And don't worry: would I do a whole thread like this and not post the pictures?