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Fun with Food Names

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

 

Food Names Inspired by Body Parts

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Hair

In Italy, if you order a plate of capelli d'angelo, you'll be feasting on "angel hair," so named because it's imagined to be as fine as the hair of those heavenly beings.

In France, you don't ask for cotton candy at the fair - you ask for barbe a` papa or "Dad's beard." Yum!

Ears
That scoop-shaped pasta known as orecchietti has a name that in Italian means "little ears."

Eyes
Red-eye gravy is a mixture of ham drippings and coffee. The heavier ingredients settle into a dark red "eye" at the bottom of the bowl.

In Romania, you don't ask for "fried eggs," but oua chiuri--literally, eggs that look like eyes.

Black-eyed peas are peas that look like they've been in a fight. (Maybe they should sign a peas treaty?)

Nose
Ever wonder what they call that fatty bump at the tail end of a cooked turkey? It's called the "pope's nose" or the "parson's nose," presumably because it does look like a nose. (In France, though, it's called le sot-l'y-laisse, which roughly translates to "only a silly person won't eat it.")

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Mouth
In France, a puff pastry filled with creamed seafood is called a bouch'ee-literally, "a mouthful."

If you're eating a plateful of "linguini," you're dining on a food with an Italian name that literally means "little tongues."

Arm
The word "pretzel" goes back to a Latin word that means "little arm." Tradition holds that the monk who invented this knotted biscuit wanted to symbolize "arms folded in prayer." The Latin word found its way into German as brezel and later into English as "pretzel."

In Chile, there's a delicious type of jelly roll made of yellow cake, filled with dulce de leche and covered in coconut, called brazo de reina or "the queen's arm." There are other variations of this around the world. In Spain, it's brazo de gitano or "gypsy's arm."

Fingers
Ladyfingers are light and airy sponge cakes, used to make tiramisu, that resemble a lady's delicate fingers.

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Tummies
There's a sweet, eggy stuffed pastry in Portugal called barriga de freira, which literally means "nun tummy." There are lots of variations, but it usually involves egg yolks, sugar, butter, and vanilla extract and some of them do indeed look like tummies, although no one's sure how these treats became associated specifically with nuns.

Toes
In German, the word for a "clove of garlic" is knoblauchzehe-- literally, "garlic toe." In Argentina, it's not a clove or a toe of garlic, but a diente--literally, a "tooth."
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batjmom
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 9:53 AM

 The things I learn on cafemom!  fun post

reneawesley
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Interesting!
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Habibti812
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 12:44 PM

This is neat M, thanks for posting! :-)

ceciliam
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Awesome!

jen113000
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:53 PM

 Neat!

jerzeetomato
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM

 I know, right??  LOL

Quoting batjmom:

 The things I learn on cafemom!  fun post

 

SweetLuci
by Luci on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Very interesting.  I used to love to listen to DH's aunt from Italy tell me all the different names for pasta, they usually relate to the shape. Like radiatiore-radiators and penne is quill pen, the one I love is  strozzapreti-which means priest strangler. Poor families served it when the priest came to eat dinner. Very large and thick-so he wouldn't eat so much. lol

delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Love it!!!  Enjoyed this article!

e-doolittle
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:54 PM


Quoting delanna6two:

Love it!!!  Enjoyed this article!


bhwrn1
by on Aug. 18, 2011 at 5:35 AM

Cool!

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