The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout “Save us!”… and I’ll look down and whisper “No
– Alan Moore, Watchmen
December 14, 2016
Woke up with a hangover. Exhausted, hungry. Nothing in the kitchen. Just some beans and eggs. Eggs, can’t eat them raw. Rorschach does, but he has more important things to worry about than cooking eggs. I look at eggs again…no, can’t eat them raw. Rummaged through the fridge and found tomatoes and some bread. Can cook myself canned beans and egg with toast. Yes, sounds good.
I have been geeking out on Watchmen lately. It’s dark and twisted and has everything that could possibly be wrong with humanity and the world. It’s so relevant even now. These superheroes are not our regular goody-too-shoes saviours. They’re messed up with a questionable sense of morality. Except for Rorschach. He is the perfect righteous hero for whom things are black or white. But he too is emotionally messed up, he has seen too much…he’s been through too much.
Among Rorschach’s few characteristics – he wears a Rorschach patterned mask, writes a journal and is a loner – one is that he eats canned beans, raw eggs and sugar cubes which he mostly picks up from Night Owl’s house. The reason behind this is that Rorschach doesn’t care about niceties and food for him is just a means to fuel his body to keep going. Crazy guy!
I love Rorschach, but I am not eating raw eggs or store bought canned beans. I do like my food cooked. So here’s a quick-fix recipe for home-made canned beans with egg and toast.
Black eyed peas or lobia/chauli – 100 gms (soaked overnight)
Tomato – 3 large
Onion – 1 medium (chopped)
Garlic – 2 cloves (crushed)
Bay leaf – 1
Corn flour – 1 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Black pepper – ¼ tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
1. Pressure cook black eyed peas and keep it aside.
2. Boil tomatoes in a saucepan. You can pressure cook them for speedy cooking.
3. Mash the tomatoes and strain to get smooth. Mix in water used to boil the tomatoes to get thin soup like consistency.
4. Heat oil in a pan and sauté onions, garlic and bay leaf.
5. Pour in tomato soup and let it cook for 5-8 minutes.
6. Mix corn flour in half cup water and add to the mix. Let the soup thicken.
7. Add salt and pepper.
8. Pour the soup over boiled black eyed peas and mix well.
9. Toast a slice of bread, spread the home-made canned beans over it and top it with a sunny-side-up. Use a little ketchup or beetroot juice to add that dramatic blood splash on the egg yolk.
10. Here’s your perfect Watchmen breakfast.
Recipe and Cooking: Shirin Mehrotra
Styling and Photography: Amrita Rana