Transcendental Body of Aspic
I was talking on the phone to J. today and came up with perhaps my best idea ever: An aspic-based “Visible Man” (or woman!). It would be just like the Skilcraft toy which lets you see the major human organs through the hard shell of a transparent plastic body, but in this case the organs would be real! The first thing to do, of course, would be to get a human-shaped mold. Pour the aspic in the mold and, before it cools, insert edible organs. There are the easy and obvious ones — a chicken heart for the human heart, various types of livers and kidneys, and of course a coolio coil of intestines right in the middle. And then there’s the creative bits. I like the idea of putting chicken hands in where the actual hands should be, and perhaps using small pig’s feet for the human feet (so delicate and fine and pointy — like ballerina feet!). In a pinch you could use de-shelled lobster claws instead of chicken feet for the hands if you had to. Of course, fish eyes are de rigueur, and I love the idea of using canned pigs’ brains (which you can still find in the South) for ye olde center of consciousness. In fact, my friend Doug used to have a stack of canned pigs’ brains on his kitchen table — he often used to make scrambled eggs with brains until he discovered that each small can contained something like 1300% of the daily recommended cholesterol intake. I personally would use aspic made from beef, though any neutral gelatin flavored with meat stock would do.
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