The Walking Dead (plants)

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Every time I start a dinner macabre, I get nervous. The meals always seem to turn out okay (with one or two exceptions I’ll publish sometime), but that doesn’t prevent the anxiety. But after four hours of having slaved in my kitchen, my anxiety turned into elation. I knew I had something special. My goal was to complete this by the start of the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, which was 6pm for me. Now if you haven’t watched this series that everyone’s talking about, it is worth having a look for the sheer camp fun it provides. It’s certainly not a template to survive the zombie apocalypse, but the characters and the drama are engaging and the gore is aplenty.

Which brings me back to my engaging set of heads. If you’re looking to spook your roommates or loved ones, just bake some of these and tell them you’ve cooked them a little something in the fridge. When you hear a shriek, you’ll know they found them.

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It all starts with the ever versatile eggplant. I used tomatoes for the lips and gums and white corn for the teeth.

I shredded some cheese and packed it on, to resemble skin.  I’d probably recommend jack or mozzarella, but I used pepper-jack because I thought the green peppers would enhance the visual texture of the dead skin.  I’ll let you decide if I was right or not.
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I baked it on 350 degrees for roughly 10 minutes- enough for it to melt yet still mold. The nose is constructed out of a tomato, and the tendons and veins are sun-dried tomatoes.  Green olives complete the eyes, mushrooms for the ears, and the hair is zucchini, sliced into pasta.

The whole dish is edible and delicious!  (Albeit a little gross-looking).

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There are any number of fantastic zombie flicks to choose from for a spectacular zombie feast:  Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, the excellent and creepy follow-up Dawn of the Dead (1978), 28 Days LaterPlague of the Zombies (1966), Dance of the Dead (2008), the humorous Shaun of the Dead, the foreign nazi-zombie movie Dead Snow (2009), the fast-running zombies in Dawn of the Dead (remake 2004), Zombieland, Planet Terror, the Japanese hit Versus, the strangely comedic Fido, the campy 1985 The Return of the Living Dead, Peter Jackson’s earlier film Dead Alive (Braindead), and of course the cleverly humorous episode of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror III (1992).

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