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October 1, 2008
Filo: Mankind’s Ticket to the Cosmos
Mankind has been to the top of the world’s tallest mountains, flown in
space, cured life threatening disease and explored the bottom of the
deepest ocean. Yet there is one thing that eludes him – the ability to
unlock the power of food. Mankind will reach the apex of his
achievements not when he bends time and space, but when he learns how to
harness the power of the sandwich.
he does, it will propel him into the stars. Let us imagine for a moment
what might send him there.
will start with sheets of Filo. These looks like broad pieces of paper,
and you will want three of them.
also have a secret. They like to be buttered.
some butter, and then brush it onto the Filo. It will be as if you are
brushing water onto the back of wallpaper, and like wallpaper, the
melted butter will make the Filo somewhat sticky. If you wish to
maintain the airy sense of aesthetics, feel free to liken this to
painting a great masterpiece on an edible canvas.
do you lay on top of the Filo? Another layer of Filo. Do this until your
stack of Filo is three deep. Cut the stacked sheets into smaller pieces,
until they are maybe four inches by four inches. Set them aside.
separate bowl, mix together some finely chopped mushrooms, capers, cut
parsley, shaved and diced red onion and flaked apart smoked salmon. Fold
in some softened cream cheese and mix with garlic powder and ground
black pepper until even.
its weight, this is one of the most powerful combinations of food items.
It is like a band that has played together for years and has gotten only
better in tune. Place your ear over the bowl. The sound you hear just
might be that of tiny, tiny music, turning on the lead of smoked fish.
into small logs and lay in the center of the Filo. Again, if it pleases
you to regard cooking as an art form, think of this as painting your
masterpiece on your buttered canvas.
the Filo sheets, and fold the edges down and under. Brush again with
melted butter and place on a baking sheet.
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees, and bake the Filo logs until they turn
golden brown. That will take about 20 to 25 minutes. The secret to this
is the butter. It makes the Filo not just flaky, but also lends to it a
Allow to stand for about five minutes, and then take a bite. You will
understand why food will propel mankind into the stars. It is heavenly.
In your ears will be the sound of angels singing.
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