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  • n. Plural form of ortolan.


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  • -- T. "ortolans" were small and tasty birds much favored by gourmands; "pye of Perigord" was a meat pie flavored with truffles.

    Prose and Poetry of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

  • Much more to my taste was another savory dish, Pintade Fermier $12, which I knew from my French adventures was a small guinea hen, similar to the ortolans of my Gallic youth, tiny birds grilled quickly and then crunchingly eaten whole under the protection of a large napkin over your head at decadent French country parties.

    Jay Weston: Good Evening Vietnam: Red Medicine Is Here

  • From the intensity of their interest, you would have thought that Gaël was at work on an elaborate preparation of some rare and unprecedented dish, like spherified ortolans.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • In the summer, when there was no game, there were quails from Egypt, fattened in Europe, and ortolans from France ‘which cost a fortune’.

    Vegetarianism | Edwardian Promenade

  • But who today plucks the tongues of larks or hummingbirds, or fattens ortolans in cages?

    Letters to the Editor

  • Still, eating ortolans isnt technically illegal, so English TV personality Jeremy Clarkson ventured to Gascony in 2002 to sample what he called the ultimate French delicacy, the highest of haute cuisine.

    The Foie Gras Wars

  • I expected from my home a box full of linen, a present from one of those old aunts who, knowing nothing of Paris, think of your shirts, while they imagine that their nephew with thirty francs a month is eating ortolans.

    The Atheist's Mass

  • In Milton, the devil may at his ease cover the table with ortolans, partridges, soles, sturgeons, and make Hebe and Ganymede hand wine to Jesus Christ.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • In her present frame of mind Marie would have cooked ortolans for him had he wished for them.

    The Golden Lion of Granpere

  • He knows it is well to have the five daughters, rather than to live with plenty of beef and mutton — even with the ortolans if you will — and with no one to care whether his body may be racked in this world or his spirit in the next.

    Ayala's Angel


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