Cock’s egg

cocksegg (14k image) Philip cautiously cracks the small egg that had been sitting on the dining table all afternoon while he cooked the chicken he had slaughtered for me.

What treasures lay inside? …
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Philip and Theresia’s daughter is keen to find out.

Philip insisted the egg was from a Cock. I’d never heard of such things before and thought I was being taken for a ride. Theresia insisted that a small egg like this one might be lain by a Cock when he reaches what she gleefully called his menopause. A quick seartch on google informed me that we were lucky not to find a baby Cockatrice inside the egg. Also that ‘Cockney’ was an old slang word for a Cock’s egg: one that was small and misshepen, and hence became the name of the folk from the East End who were considered to be likewise!

Meanwhile there was chicken and chapati to eat. The Wakamba people who inhabit the Tala region apparently hold it as a tradition that when a chicken is slaughtered for someone, its gizard must be presented to them as a delicacy. Well, it was chewy!

2 Comments

  1. Lydia Says:

    Sweet! How old is their daughter? Wish I could do Madeleine’s hair like that – it might stay put all day – the plaits I put in for her never stay! Did I tell you how Lizzie was given something "as a delicacy" in Japan a while back – it looked like a sugar cube, she was on business so she accepted politely and put it in her mouth and started chewing. Inside was a whole raw fish eye – a totally new experience for Liz and not one she had anticipated. All the other people round the table were watching her so although her first impulse was to take it out she had to maintain her poise and look as though it was yummy. I’m not sure what she would serve that would be an English delicacy that would try the palate. Tripe? Overcooked cabbage?

  2. Nic Says:

    as a veggie can I venture tempeh… I know it’s good for me but blurgh…

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