Tuesday, January 16, 2007

European Pastries

In its hyper-bureaucratic zeal, the European Union gives some groups the exclusive right to make certain traditional, local foods, like "Stramberk ears" in the Czech Republic. Cone-shaped, honey-flavored pastries, they sound as delicious as their origins are ghoulish:

In 1241 Stramberk was looted by armed Mongolian Tartars. When the locals who took refuge atop a nearby Kotouc hill were running out of forces and supplies, a heavy rain miraculously started. The enemy camp was washed away by flood waters and the only thing the Tartars left over were sacks with ears that they cut from their adversaries.
On second thought, maybe I'll stick with danishes.