Here’s a bit of food trivia
I recently dredged up via
the omniscient Internet
which, I believe, should whet
your omnivorous appetite
and make dining a delight.
Before 1066 C.E. the English
(Anglo-Saxons) did not distinguish
nor attempt to separate
an animal from its flesh they ate.
One simply dined on
cow, or pig or sheep
not beef or pork or mutton.
That to the French (then Normans)
and emerging gourmands,
seemed a faux pas and unrefined,
not how Frenchmen dined.
And so, with a gastronomic
joie de nourriture*, a barbaric
barnyard menu – pig, cow, or sheep –
changed to pork, mutton, and beef –
the now adopted preference
on all English menus
and to every Frenchman a “bienvenu.”
*Joy of food
Copyright © Maurice Rigoler | Year Posted 2022
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