It’s that time of year when many of us are sitting under sun umbrellas doing crosswords and word games so here’s a little quiz.
But first the context. We have always been amused by the fact that a particular type of large saucisson from Lyon is blandly – and officially – called un jésus.
It reminds me that in my family a boiled suet pudding was irreverently known as Boiled Baby or, if accompanied by golden syrup, Putty and Varnish.
So we put together an imaginary menu for a “holy dinner”.
After a few slices of the aforementioned jésus with a glass of Dom Pérignon, the meal would start with Coquilles St Jacques. The main course would be Filets de St Pierre, Sauce Cardinale. To follow, a selection of cheeses, including St Nectaire, Pont l’Evèque and of course our local St Félicien, and for dessert, a choice between a Religieuse, Sacristan or Jésuite.
To drink, a light St Amour Beaujolais could go well with the fish and a Châteauneuf du Pape with the cheese, then maybe a nip of Chartreuse or Bénédictine with coffee.
Now here’s another menu made up of of everyday French dishes and specialities. Your task is to identify them. Hint: they all have misleading or obscure names but one really is what it says on the tin!
Answers next time.
- wet the bed salad
- feet and parcels
- cockerel testicles
- headless birds
- a man of god (with his head!)
- a dessert which sounds like a train journey.