[Sca-cooks] First Catch Your...dulse?
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Thu Jan 8 16:58:56 PST 2009
On Jan 8, 2009, at 7:11 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:
> "First steal a chicken" shows up as a Hungarian joke.
> Google books indicates for
> Hungarian chicken fricassee or chicken paprikash.
I believe the common joke (I doubt it's anything more) is this is
traditionally supposed to be the text of an old gypsy recipe. But I
have trouble buying into the idea that the Rom folk, living among
other people, with few written texts, no real literary tradition and
no publishing industry, are writing culturally-specific recipes in
such an organized manner that they always begin with this phrase, or,
for that matter, that a culture who always steals chickens (it being
difficult to raise them on the road, presumably), needs to be reminded
Consequently, I'm sort of assuming it's made up by someone else as a
poke at the group in question...
"Most men worry about their own bellies, and other people's souls,
when we all ought to worry about our own souls, and other people's
-- Rabbi Israel Salanter
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