Feb 14

Weird French Delicacy – Ortolan Bunting

Ortolan Bunting

CC Image courtesy of phenolog on Flickr

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!


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1 comment

  1. Bill

    “Being thrown in Armagnac is not a bad way to die.”…Classic Line! His comment when they placed the napkins over their heads was over the top. At least he did not say it tasted like chicken.

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