For Kyle Brightman, bipolar advertising-industry burnout, this is good news and bad news. Good, because he'll get to see his zombie-killing friends again, and be reunited with Cate, the zombie he loves (yeah, yeah, I know, read PARADISE ROT and you'll get it). Bad, because having to blast his way through battalions of bloodless corpses took a brutal toll on Kyle's already fragile psyche. But duty, and booty, calls. And soon Kyle finds himself on another tropical island, duped again into creating an ad campaign to lure unsuspecting Middle Americans into the greedy mouth of ancient madness. This time, it's vampires. But with the help of a) his comrades-in-ass-kicking; b) the love of a good (cold) woman; c) the enduring power of Herb Alpert; and d) the awesomeness that is Charo, Kyle just might find a way to save thousands of lives. And what little's left of his sanity.
Splattered with folklore, dripping with history, ONCE AGAIN, WITH BLOOD, Larry Weiner's sequel to the uproarious comic romp PARADISE ROT, is what you get if Jimmy Buffett, Carl Hiaasen, Sarah Silverman and Hunter S. Thompson took turns pummeling Anne Rice with a cricket bat.
Larry Weiner is the author of PARADISE ROT (BOOK ONE), ONCE AGAIN, WITH BLOOD (BOOK TWO) and the forthcoming HINDU SEX ALIENS (BOOK THREE) that make up the Island Trilogy. Larry earned a degree in film from CSULA and was an award-winning art director. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, two kids and a gaggle of animals. He plays bass and thus has poor hearing.
It's time to share one of those recipes. (cue in scary music) mua ha ha! Tofu isn't scary, I promise. But it only works if you do something with it. Marinate it, spice it up, put it in something, but for goodness sake, don't just lay a white slab on your plate and call it a meal. Because that's just gross. Think of tofu like a sponge. And on that culinary note, here we go...
Because the weather is warming up, I decided to share a tofu burger recipe. I see you trying to sneak away. Come back or I'll send my minions to fetch you and make you eat tofu for eternity. It's just one recipe. Enjoy!
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp olive oil
6-1/2 oz mushrooms, finely chopped
11 oz firm tofu
1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
2-3 cloves of garlic
2 T basil
2 cups wholegrain bread crumbs
1 T tomato paste
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 T chili-garlic sauce
1 egg (to make recipe vegan, you can add 1/4 cup tomato sauce)
8 wholegrain buns
1) In a pan, heat 2 tsp. of olive oil and add onions, mushrooms and spinach. Cook until softened.
2) Blend the tofu, garlic and basil in a food processor until smooth.
3) Transfer tofu mixture to a bowl and stir in onion mixture, breadcrumbs, tomato paste, vinegar, chili-garlic sauce, egg (or tomato sauce). Refrigerate 30 minutes.
4) Divide mixture into 8 patties and press together well.
5) Heat cooking oil in a pan and fry patties for 4-5 minutes on each side until they are golden. They will fall apart, so be careful! OR you can bake patties at 375F for 30 minutes. turning once
*Serve in wholegrain buns with avocado, cheese, sprouts or topping of choice.