Citizens, today is a very rare and special day indeed!
You may not know much about your beloved Generalissimo, but the time has come to let you in on one of my secrets – I am a true phantom of the Internet, famous (or perhaps infamous) for being a rather public figure with no pictures of me on the Internet – anywhere.
Despite more than 20 years of my career in tech PR at Sony, Apple and elsewhere here in Silicon Valley, I remain a faceless ghost, and happily so! An article about my quest to remain faceless over the decades was written up in Fast Company Magazine a few months ago – you can read it here.
Today, I have been covered in stories all over the world as part of my dream to inform people about the importance of online privacy – and nowhere more extensively than France, perhaps the most progressive country on Earth when it comes to this important topic. More than a dozen stories have been written on me in France over the last few months, including Le Monde, the great French newspaper of record and tonight, on the fantastic late night TV show “L’émission d’Antoine“.
To all the new French visitors to the site – bienvenue et “Je suis Charlie!”. 🙂
It has been an honor to be interviewed for the show, and to celebrate, today I give you one of the most classic of French dishes – a civet, or stew, of Venison!
Civet is specifically a French stew containing game, with the meats marinated in red wine for long periods of time, then stewed with pearl onions and bacon. The sauce is traditionally thickened with blood, but that is a method not used much anymore. TFD laughs at those who attempt to make a “civet” without this essential ingredient, however – and I have decided to use the rather innovative approach of using ground blood sausages as an easier to obtain and delicious alternative to the fresh ingredient.
If you’re a hunter, you’re in for a gastronomic treat of the first order for your newly-obtained meat – if not, you can easily obtain venison in some supermarkets or by mail-order. I would serve this for dessert to keep the French theme intact!
Thank you, mes amis, for your interest in a private man with a very public message about the importance of keeping your identity secure – et vive la France! 😀
Battle on – The GeneralissimoPrint
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