July 7, 2011 8 Comments
I’ve done it again–suddenly thought of a word that nobody else ever used or, at least, that Google says nobody else has written on the Internet.
Scientists will breed the grildebeest especially for barbecuing.
This raises the deep moral question of whether it is very sad for the grildebeest or the grildebeest ought to be happy to exist at all.
I bet the grildebeest won’t be a very deep thinker, though.
The word swam into my mind as I was contemplating a new name for the delicious veggie-burgers I had made from a recipe for Grilled Bean Burgers; it seems silly to call them that because we never grill them. (Recently I overheard our six-year-old son solemnly telling someone, “We don’t grill in our family,” as if it were a moral or health-related stance, but it’s really just that we don’t own a grill and aren’t that interested.) We’ve cooked different batches of them by frying in a pan or by baking in the oven, and they came out fine. It seems silly to be putting the extra ones in a freezer bag labeled, “Grilled Bean Burgers” when they aren’t, in fact, grilled. But we have to call them something to indicate which flavor they are among the various veggie-burger recipes we’ve tried….