Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Beware of Inedible Babies

This is why you should only eat organic, free-range babies:

18 comments:

knottybynature said...

Well, CRAP.

I thought all babies were edible.

Go figure.

Evn said...

I know, right? And here I am trying to eat healthy.

Red Delicious said...

Since their bones are so soft, they're best prepared like an ortolan, which is to say, feed it in the dark until it's morbidly obese, then flash fried with the feathers and beak still on, then eaten whole with while wearing a napkin on your head.

Babies still have feathers and beaks, right? I've been wrong about this sort of thing before.

Word Verification: Oventies, which I'm pretty sure is the age your ovaries get to where they can no longer provide the world with nutritious babies.

Evn said...

Dude, you are a strange little man.

Le Cornichon said...

My Gallette des Rois consumption was monumental this year- my tally thus far: 4 plastic babies, a porcelain poodle, a sphere marked Venus, a porcelain Jazz musician playng what looks like a large dildo and a porcelain penguin from the King Cake Monsieur Moose brought back from Paris last week- oink-

Le Cornichon said...

now this is a yummy looking cake
http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/2008/07/creepiness-continues.html

Evn said...

My Gallette des Rois consumption was monumental this year...

I keep thinking of that scene in Jaws where they cut open the shark and a license plate falls out.

now this is a yummy looking cake

Oooh, scrumptious! And seasonal.

Red Delicious said...

Little?

And who exactly brought up eating babies?

Evn said...

Little?

Metaphorically speaking.

And who exactly brought up eating babies?

The co-worker who bought the King Cake.

The jury finds Evn... innocent!

Red Delicious said...

Don't get me started on juries... like viruses, they are.

Evn said...

They've got ribonucleic acid but not a single cell?

Red Delicious said...

Straight up.

knottybynature said...

I imagine the baby in the cake (instead of a creepy baby cake) is for luck....so....anyone have more specifics on the origins of the tradition?

Le Cornichon said...

The "king cake" takes its name from the Biblical three kings. Catholic tradition states that their journey to Bethlehem took twelve days (the Twelve Days of Christmas), and that they arrived to honor the Christ child on Epiphany. The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day), through to Mardi Gras day. Some organizations or groups of friends may have "king cake parties" every week through the Carnival season.
The cakes have a small trinket (often a small plastic baby, sometimes said to represent Baby Jesus) inside, and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations (such as buying the cake for next year's celebration).
Related culinary traditions are the tortell of Catalonia, the gâteau des Rois in Provence or the galette des Rois in the northern half of France, and the Greek and Cypriot vasilopita. The galette des Rois is made with puff pastry and frangipane (while the gâteau des Rois is made with brioche and candied fruits). A little bean was traditionally hidden in it, a custom taken from the Saturnalia in the Roman Empire: the one who stumbled upon the bean was called "king of the feast." In the galette des Rois, since 1870 the beans have been replaced first by porcelain and, now by plastic figurines; while the gâteau des Rois Also known as "Rosca de Reyes" in Mexico.
I know- I am a plethora of useless information- non?

Evn said...

But you're a cute plethora!

Thalia Took said...

Cripes, we should compare our useless information plethorae one of these days.

I used to do a King of the Bean/Lord of Misrule cake for Yule; one year the prize was a really ugly vase. Still new to the King Cake idea, though, myself; New England doesn't get much Mardi Gras.

Evn said...

Still new to the King Cake idea, though, myself; New England doesn't get much Mardi Gras.

Oh honey, we gotta get you to the South. Granted, it's unseasonably warm... um, always. But the food rocks.

knottybynature said...

I notice that 'font of useless information' is a title banged around, but it's only useless to those who don't need it! :)

" A little bean was traditionally hidden in it, a custom taken from the Saturnalia in the Roman Empire..."

I love it when a good idea catches on...