Saturday, June 12, 2010

Who Knew Dormice Were So Interesting . . . and Delicious?



(Above: Is that HONEY in her hand? What kind of sick, twisted movie IS this?)


Things I already knew about dormice:

1. They're awful cute.

2. The Romans ate them dipped in honey.



Things I learned about dormice from this article:

1. Slovenian legend has it that dormice are herded by the devil himself.

2. Dormouse comes from the Anglo-Norman word for "sleepy one." (Which explains the sleepy dormouse in Alice in Wonderland.)

3. During the time of Queen Elizabeth I, it was believed that consuming dormouse fat could help a person fall asleep.

4. They're delicious cooked in red wine with vegetables. (I'll just have to take his word for it.)

22 comments:

The Golden Eagle said...

Ummm . . . ? I don't think I'll be eating a dormouse anytime soon, unless, of course, I was SERIOUSLY pressed for resources. :P

Anonymous said...

i am so happy i was not born a dormouse.

EQ said...

I thought they were endangered? Or is that those little gold-furred ones, whatever they're called...

...in *honey*? I would not eat any meat in honey. The stuff is not the tastiest marinade, take it from someone who knows. I've never had dormice though. It was chicken in honey and breadcrumbs. The mix of meat-flavor and honey-sweet did not work.

What kind of sick twisted movie is it? It's Alice in Wonderland, of course.

I always wondered why Wonderland got all the hype & movies. The Land Behind the Looking Glass is so much cooler.

maria12245 said...

Fascinating, but I'm suddenly feel queasy. Maybe Alice was Italian in the book. Stupid movie makers.... :) I think I'm gonna stick to chicken for food, and chamomile for sleep!

Nikki M said...

One word can explain that....DISGUSTING! I cant believe they ATE DORMICE! Oh and I think I'll be watching Alice In Wonderland 1 more time...

Alicia said...

I don't eat red meat or fish or seafood, just birds, so I will add mice to that list...

kathleen said...

Haha! Oh my gosh this is such a coincedince! I am in Alice in Wonderland Jr. right now! I just got back from a long day of rehearsal! I play the Queen of Hearts . . . so evil! (but so much fun!)

montana irregulars said...

I don't want to try a doormouse in honey or red wine vinegar. that sounds realllllllllllllly gross!! i'll leave the mouse eatting to my cats

Kitty said...

I remember my Latin teacher telling me this XD apparently the Romans ate peacock too :D

Anna said...

I never trusted the cartoon Alice in Wonderland.
I'll just stick to the new one and the book... :)

I would have been known as the "Girl who got fat off of dormice" in Queen Lizzy I's time... I'm always so sleepy.

MushroomCloud said...

the romans also shoved them into eachother to "heal wounds" another interesting fact from Cambridge Latin. lovely, right? they ate lots of weird stuff.

montana irregulars said...

I never did like alice in wonderland... at all

Hana said...

I looked at some pictures of dormice... how could they eat something so adorable? Tsk tsk tsk.

Sannabell said...

Nothing to do with doormice, but: More sinkholes in China http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article7292674.ab this one is in Nanchang, capitol of the Jiangxi-province in the south-east of China

Elsa said...

Yum...small mammals :)

Anonymous said...

ew. ew. ew. ew. ew. ew. ew.
poor dormice.
ew!

Kira said...

I personally prefer my dormice broiled & marinated in a truffle oil and raspberry vinigrette, with a side of couscous and sauted asparagus.

Anonymous said...

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that is sick.








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kathleen said...

lol i got my sister started on kiki strike . . . . . . . . i think she will turn out just fine haha

MushroomCloud said...

I agree with Kira, but I've always been partial to olive oil (extra virgin. Just don't like the smell of truffles.

Anonymous said...

Alice is not looking to eat the dormouse with honey, she was going to put honey on her tea, when out f the teapot popped a dormouse. That's why she looked surprised.It is NOT a twisted movie, just kind of strange. LOVE THE BOOK!

liltomboyblue11;) said...

Kathleen: Congrats! That's a great role.

I like mice, so I wouldn't eat them... But all over the world pretty much every animal known to man has been eaten at some point in time by someone.

I love Alice in Wonderland, I always wanted to be Alice...