Vampires and blood sausages

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What do Dracula, wine at mass, gore movies and blood sausage have in common?

The polyvalent blood has different uses and connotations. In a Tarantino movie it can even be funny, while in a Romero one, it can cause nightmares. It can be used to seal a pact between friends or lovers if it comes from a prick in the finger, or death if it drips from the chest of a dying soldier.

It is also present in literature. Dracula is a gothic fantasy novel written by Bram Stoker, published in 1897. It was inspired by Vlad III, a Romanian prince who became famous for making torture his hobby. He earned the nickname of the impaler because of his penchant for staking people. Although his friend Vlad did not sleep in a coffin or drink the blood of his victims, it is estimated that between 1456 and 1462 he had more than 60,000 people executed. The bloodlust of this “exemplary citizen” became literal and literary with Dracula, a vampire count who lived in Transylvania and found himself in the painful obligation of drinking human blood, sucking it directly from the neck of the victims, to feed on it.

Hematophagy for all

But not only vampires have blood in their diet. To the delight of blood-suckers, it is still used in the preparation of various recipes around the world.

In Colombia, for example, it is combined with rice, peas, cubed potatoes, long onion, cumin and pennyroyal, and it is put into a pork casing to make blood sausage or stuffed. The Spanish prepare, in addition to black pudding, chicken blood with onions. Chileans pick them up while still warm and mix them with cilantro, salt, chili pepper and lemon, and let them coagulate to make ñachi. The British have the classic black pudding, a variant of blood sausage, which mixes onion, pig fat and blood, and oats. Italians prepare the sanguinaccio dolce dessert with pig’s blood, melted chocolate cream, milk, sugar, wheat flour, cinnamon and vanilla essence. Swedes eat blodplättar, a milkshake of blood, beer, rye flour, onion, butter, salt and spices, served with berries and fried apple, or with a green salad. They also make a kind of tortica and accompany it with fried bacon, mushrooms, cranberries and apples.

Blood has great qualities: it thickens sauces, it gives a captivating red color and flavor to dishes, it contains no carbohydrates or fats, and it is low in calories. It is also rich in iron, which helps fight anemia.

final message for vampires

Dear Mr. Vampire: If you still obtain blood by sucking directly from the necks of innocent humans, I must inform you that you have a paraphilia and that you are a bit of a pervert. There are no excuses so that, with so many options on the menu, you continue to sink your fangs into people, generating panic, with the excuse that you are eating.

Vampires and blood sausages