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Merde du jour

The Pirate and I drove in together today and ended up behind a Mercedes with a license plate that read "SMENNA."

We decided that "smenna" is an Eastern European spread that people put on toast, similar to Vegemite, but even more unspeakable. It's made out of fermented mashed fish, vinegar and huge quantities of salt - what anchovy paste would be if the anchovies were not cooked, but were instead left to go soft on their own.

Smenna is a wonderful addition to turnip stew, bringing out the flavor of late-season turnips in a way that no amount of kerosene ever could. It's also great in salads, allowing for a sort of "wilted" salad without the need of hot bacon grease. A dash of smenna in a shot of vodka is customarily called a "mule twitch," and is popular on Saturday nights with farmers, mechanics and the local constabulary.


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Aug. 15th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
"mule twitch" *snort*
Aug. 15th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
hahaha, smenna. great, now i have to buy smenna.com and come up with a spoof ad campaign. THANKS A LOT.
Aug. 15th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
I've seen many advertisements for smenna in "Olga: The Magazine for the Sturdily-Built Woman."
Aug. 15th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Failed fusion
This also inspired us to talk about "failed fusion cuisine." You know, like, "smenna sushi," (except that junglemonkee asked, "But fuchimaki is a thing, isn't it?"

And, I went on undeterred, what about beets florentine? Which got me the stinkeye, as beets and spinach sounded pretty good, actually. We did wonder if there were really huge fields of spinach surrounding Florence.
Aug. 15th, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Failed fusion
Yeah, buddy. Guess what YOU'RE having for dinner...
Aug. 30th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
We made it a label!
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