When they were detained by the Médoc gendarmes, Georges and Frédéric had the grave misfortune to have in their possession a sack containing ten succulent little bundles of spines. Turning its face from all that the British cherish in France, the criminal court in Bordeaux put animal protection above lavish family meals and fined these “travellers” a total of €6,000. Their lawyer, Me Joinau-Dumail, mounted a traditionalist defence, suggesting that this was a somewhat excessive price per kilo.
In his piece Pierre-Marie Lemaire refers to a diversity of taste that leads some to consume oursins, sea urchins. In one of the many interesting nuggets in Les miserables Victor Hugo writes of Paris, where “Grimod de la Reyniere discovered larded roast beef, as Curtillus invented roast hedgehog”, hérisson rôti. I think that Curtillus was actually cooking sea hedgehog, but I doubt he would have faced any problems either way.
I have never eaten hedgehog, roasted, grilled or stewed, but the thought intrigues.
- African hedgehogs using BlaBlaCar
New worry for MigrationWatch?
- Spaniard found not guilty of theft because of poor language skills
The proceedings of the Old Bailey are now searchable to 1913. Apart from anything else they are an interesting source of
- Hemp horses
Apparently the four corners of a square reel used in this Huesca village in hemp yarn production represent four horses bound
- scamming beyond the grave
Intrigued (and overjoyed, as always) to receive a mail from my good friend, Moses Aziz, in which he writes (my emphases): Dear
- Sex tours, anyone?
Fortunately not all the requests I get at follow the baldie are this interesting: I and my female companoin propose to visit