As per usual, Bill and I were having a telephone conversation and he brought up the subject of the Ortolan Bunting, which is a small bird eaten as a delicay in France. Though for a long time the Ortolan has been protected, the law hasn’t really been enforced.
Bill was discussing how the method of cooking was strange, reminded me of a TV Show I had seen years ago, where the big ‘buffon’ Jeremy Clarkson showed that even the process of eating them was equally as strange.
Basically the Ortolans are captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac. The are then roasted and eaten whole, bones and all, while having a napkin draped over your head to preserve the precious aromas and to hide your shame from God. I told you it was weird!