Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A New Zealander Comments on Canadian vs. United States Thanksgiving

Well, that clears a few things up for me. Except one thing: What do people eat on Guy Fawkes Day?

Sarah's wrong about "bounty", by the way. The correct meaning in the Canadian Thanksgiving context is, in fact, "a reward paid for killing or capturing someone."

***UPDATE***

Although my question about Guy Fawkian cuisine was meant to be a rhetorical one, it turns out that there is, in fact, such a thing. Here's what Wikipedia has to tell us about so-called "Guy Eats":
In the United Kingdom, there are several foods that are traditionally consumed on Guy Fawkes Night:
  • black treacle goods such as bonfire toffee and parkin
  • toffee apples
  • baked potatoes, which are wrapped in foil and cooked in the bonfire or its embers
  • black peas with vinegar
In the Black Country, it is a traditional night for eating groaty pudding.

10 comments:

Urkobold said...

AH HA! THE URKOBOLD HAS FOUND THE MENÁGE À TROIS PARTICIPANT THE WEIBSKOBOLD ALLOWS HIM FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON. EXCELLENT. AND FROM NEW ZEALAND, TOO! TASTY.

Nick M. said...

Hands off Urkobold!! Or I will taint your precious fried haggis fritters with withered taints.

Pro Libertate said...

To answer my own question about what one eats while burning effigies of Guy Fawkes, Wikipedia has this to say:

In the United Kingdom, there are several foods that are traditionally consumed on Guy Fawkes Night:

* black treacle goods such as bonfire toffee and parkin,
* toffee apples
* baked potatoes, which are wrapped in foil and cooked in the bonfire or its embers
* black peas with vinegar
* In the Black Country, it is a traditional night for eating groaty pudding.


Groaty pudding?

dhex said...

mmmm this pudding is the groatyest.

Pro Libertate said...

Ah, it gets worse. More Wiki, this time on "groaty pudding":

Groaty pudding (also known as Groaty Dick) is a traditional dish from the Black Country in England. It is made from soaked groats, beef, leeks, onion and beef stock which are baked together at a moderate temperature of approximately 150 degrees Celsius for up to 16 hours. In the Black Country it is traditional to eat groaty pudding on Guy Fawkes Night.

Although we're veering close to VM's legally protected fiefdom, I believe that I can say that we've found the long sought-after side dish to accompany the Urkobold's deep-fried haggis fritters.

Taktix (imagine trademark symbol here) said...

For Guy Fawkes day, I eat the still-bleeding hearts of tyrants...

Karen said...

Okay, so this isn't really about monkeys and it's not Tuesday, but here's a primate-related link a little early. Here's an even scarier one. Via this guy, although you have to scroll down. His comment about revanchist sentiment among the monkey community is worthwhile reading.

Kris said...

From Karen's link:

Monkeys attack Deli Politician

The deputy mayor of the Indian capital has died a day after being attacked by a horde of wild monkeys.

We need these monkeys in DC!

matt l said...

Wait!? Thanksgiving ISN'T about blowing up parliament?

Damn, I guess I'll have to get rid of this exploding turkey somewhere.

Stevo Darkly said...

We can no longer ignore the bloody rising tide of violent, extremist Gorillofascism.