With recent developments in Syria and escalating tension throughout the Middle East, I have been monitoring the events from my LazyBoy Stratolounger 2500 in front of my big screen TV. My situation room is located in the den and I leave the tube only for bathroom breaks, another bowl of chips and more Bud Lite Lime.
My concerns about this hot spot of turmoil are not necessarily about oil, military intervention or weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), but the innocent camel standing in harm’s way.
By the way, “WMD” at my house is short for when I get another bowl of chips, open up the fridge and shout, “WMD!” meaning, “Where’s my dip?”
The camel has long been a fixture in the desert, providing transportation, companionship and yes, even as a food source.
Camel meat has been eaten for centuries at ancient Roman orgies, Persian banquets and traditionally at Bedouin weddings. Dining on camel meat has been a part of the Middle Eastern and North African culinary scene since the pyramids. It has been enjoyed by the pharaohs, sheiks, sultans and dictators. There is even a recipe card on the Pink Floyd album “Atom Heart Mother” for a stuffed roast camel.
Check out the list for some interesting camel facts and a delicious camel recipe.
I’ve got to get back to the situation room; Wolf Blizten has some breaking news. Oh crap, I’m almost out of chips.