Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Misleading food names

    * Bear claw - A western USA pastry (contains no actual bear parts)
    * Bombay Duck - Is not duck at all, but dried fish. It is also known as Bummalo, which is a species of fish from Southern Asia, particularly abundant in the Ganges Delta and the Arabian Sea of western India.
    * Colonial Goose - Actually lamb coated with bread-crumbs and occasionally bacon. This originated in Australia in the 19th Century. Supplies were scarce and goose was difficult to acquire in Australia, so they had to improvise.
    * Cream crackers — Contain no cream, and are pale brown in colour.
    * Hawaiian pizza - This version of pizza does not come from Hawaii at all. It is a pizza with toppings of pineapple and ham, and sometimes onions or peppers. The name probably came from the pineapples that grow in Hawaii, as well as the traditional place of pork in the native Hawaiian diet. See also Toast Hawaii.
    * Head cheese - contains no cheese but does contain pig head parts
    * Jerusalem artichoke is unrelated to Jerusalem. It is a tuberous sunflower, and is a kind of daisy as is its distant relative, the globe artichoke. "Jerusalem" is a corruption of the Italian girasole, meaning turning toward the sun (heliotropism)
    * Mincemeat - Mincemeat was originally a Medieval food made of a sweet, spicy mixture of chopped lean meat, (usually beef, or beef tongue), suet and fruit. Over time, the meat content was reduced, and today the mixture contains nuts, dried fruit, beef suet, spices and brandy or rum, but usually no beef.
    * Norwegian Omelette - Is neither a Norwegian dish nor is it made from whole eggs. This French dessert, also known as Baked Alaska, consists of hard frozen ice cream on a bed of sponge cake, covered with uncooked meringue. It is kept in the freezer until serving time, when it is placed in a very hot oven, just long enough to brown the meringue.
    * Sweetbread - This is neither sweet, nor bread. It is a dish made up of the pancreas or the thymus gland of a calf or lamb. It is prepared in a variety of ways, including fried, sauteed or baked.
    * Toad in the Hole - This does not contain toads. It is a traditional British dish made of sausage, or occasionally pork chops, cooked in Yorkshire Pudding. In Australia it is made with an egg, sometimes in place of the sausage, and a slice of bread.
    * Welsh Rabbit  - Neither name describes what this food actually is. It is a concoction of bread and cheese.

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Anonymous said...

For those from Pittsburgh:

A Winky's hamburger contained no ham, but was made of... um...

has anyone ever figured out what it really was made of?


Also for Pittsburghers:

Something I haven't had in years... Who knows what 'city chicken' is?

Anonymous said...

You forgot the buffalo wings.

Miss Cellania said...

The food is called Welsh Rarebit, not rabbit!

muttleyh, UK said...

Thank you Miss Cellania, i was just about to correct that oversight myself, when I read your comment.I think it'd be a bit hairy if it was Welsh Rabbit...lmao...