I had for breakfast more paprika, and a sort of porridge of maize flour which they said was "mamaliga", and egg-plant stuffed with forcemeat
, a very excellent dish, which they call "impletata".
Imagine prawn forcemeat
with black truffle wrapped in delicate crackling pig skin.
Such dramatists as Turgay Nar ("The Seamstress's Scissors," "Love's Legs" and "Okra with Forcemeat
Cooked in Pressure Cooker"), Memet Baydur ("Love"), Civan Canova ("On the Doomsday's Eve," "The Light on the Opposite Side of the Red" and "The Leaves of Jasmine"), Ozen Yula ("Tired of Red" and "Black Oriental Eyes") and Behi?
For the main course, I opted for the pan-roasted guineafowl with citrus forcemeat
, spiced carrot puree, truffle mash and cumberland jus.
Now we have become used to runny yolks and well-seasoned forcemeat
. This is what progress looks, and tastes, like.
And even if one could, who could make head or tail of specialties no longer known today--kontuz, arkas, and blemas; or dishes containing ingredients such as burbot meat, forcemeat
, civet, deer musk, gum dragon, pine nut, and sloeberry?
Scotch eggs, (boiled, wrapped in forcemeat
, then fried) were in fact created by an 18th century cook at Fortnum & Mason in London to be given to travellers setting off by horse and carriage.
In the 14th century, English adopted farce from French, retaining its original meaning of "stuffing of forcemeat
." The comedic sense of farce in English dates back to the 16th century, when England imported a kind of knockabout comedy that was already well-established in France and Italy.
For example, on the first page of the novel, Harker comments that he eats "a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good" (11), and later he consumes "egg-plant stuffed with forcemeat
, a very excellent dish" (12).
There is also a decent selection of cold meats and terrine - a French forcemeat
loaf made with coarse ingredients.
It boasts a secret ingredient, what the French call a ''farce,'' but we call it forcemeat
. It's what makes this chicken ridiculously moist and flavorful.