Robbie, a sad orange rectangle, is dressed as an ancient Roman pouring Garum on his food as a dead fish cloud rises from the bottle.


  • 9 parts fish entrails
  • 1 part salt

Mix raw fish innards and salt in a large pot. Cover pot and leave in direct sunlight for several months. Strain liquid that forms at the top and bottle for serving. Use generously on most foods.

Some historians think Garum was involved in the spread of multiple parasites in the ancient world. Go figure.

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