Monday: Hili dialogue

I am late this morning because–mirabile dictu–I have overslept! Till 6:15! Oy! Anyway, I’m told that it’s Monday, April 24, 2017, and it’s National Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day. Do other lands like Britain have these things? If not, here are les porcs dans des couvertures:

I haven’t had one of these dough-encased hot dogs in decades. It’s also World Day for Laboratory Animals, and I’m glad that all my lab animals were fruit flies, which I always killed humanely, etherizing them to death–instant unconsciousness.

On this day in 1800, the U.S. Library of Congress was established by President John Adams,  and 16 years later the Easter Rising began in Dublin. On this day in 1953, Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (do read Winnie’s biography by William Manchester), and in 1990 the Hubble Space was launched from the space shuttle Discovery.  It’s still working, and could work for 20 more years! What a piece of work is Homo sapiens!

Notables born on this day include Anthony Trollope (1815), Shirley MacLaine (1934; she and her brother Warren Beatty attended my high school in Arlington, Virginia), and Barbra Streisand (1942; she’s 75 today). Those who died on this day include Willa Cather (1947), Bud Abbott (1974), and Estée Lauder (2004). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is strutting her stuff, not at all humble, but it is a lovely photo:

Hili: Sometimes it amazes me.
A: What amazes you?
Hili: How perfect I am.
In Polish:
Hili: Czasem mnie zdumiewa.
Ja: Co cię zdumiewa?
Hili: Jaka jestem doskonała.
Lagniappe: Look at this caracal kitten (courtesy of Grania):

 

 

23 Comments

  1. Terry Sheldon
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    Just for the record, when I was young “pigs in a blanket” meant stuffed cabbage as opposed to wrapped wieners. Anybody else with that recollection?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      Yeah, stuffed cabbages is what it meant in my neighborhood growing up. I just figured that calling hot dogs wrapped in Pillsbury dough “pigs in a blanket” was one of those weird things WASPs do.

      • Terry Sheldon
        Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:20 am | Permalink

        My ex always called hot dogs wrapped in Pillsbury dough “wiener winks”. Not sure I want to go any farther down that particular trail…

  2. Posted April 24, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    Ah, yes. I used to make those a lot back in college.

  3. beanfeast
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I have always understood pigs-in-blankets to be sausages wrapped in bacon, another British culinary delight.

    • Frank Bath
      Posted April 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      And you are right. I’ve seen no other.

      • Malcolm
        Posted April 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

        I agree with this – in the UK sausages in bacon are ubiquitous at Xmas and always sold as “pigs in blankets”

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Should note that after the British burned things down in the 2nd war with the U.S., Jefferson sold most of his library to Congress for less than $24,000 at the time. Should also note that Jefferson needed the money. Retired Presidents received no pension in those days.

  5. kieran
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    “On this day in 1800, the U.S. Library of Congress was established by President John Adams, and 16 years later the Easter Rising began in Dublin.”

    Should that be 116 years later the Easter rising began in Dublin

  6. Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    gorgwous Hili and such a beautiful little caracal!

    • busterggi
      Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

      Shouldna taken 6 comments to have that said – I want one even though I shouldn’t have one.

  7. ChrisH
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Pigs in blankets are sausages wrapped in bacon as far as I’m aware, and always have been. Very much a staple of the traditional Christmas dinner! As a Brit, beanfeast has that definition correct.

    The things pictured look more like sausage rolls (sausagemeat wrapped in pastry).

    • darrelle
      Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink

      In the US the dough wrapped mini sausages pictured are definitely referred to as “pigs-in-a-blanket.” Usually they are pretty crappy. Frozen factory made crap offered as an easy thoughtless snack at parties and that at best are an adequate ballast after drinking enough to get the munchies and mute the taste buds.

      I have once or twice come across some tasty high-end ones, but that is rare.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted April 24, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink

        And in the Eastern Ukraine (at least, amongst the ethnically Russian), “pig in a blanket” means a pork joint roasted in a wrapping of pastry, then carved up. Much bigger than the sausages pictured.
        Whodathunkit? Same words mean different things in different places to different people. Hollywood, thy job is not yet done.

        • darrelle
          Posted April 24, 2017 at 11:29 am | Permalink

          That sounds pretty good. Sounds more like beef wellington, but with pork.

          • gravelinspector-Aidan
            Posted April 25, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

            Never tried cooking beef in a Wellington boot. I’ve always had better uses for wellies than eating them.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted April 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      The sausage rolls I know in NZ, which are sausage meat mixed with chopped onion (and sometimes other stuff) and wrapped in pastry, are delicious and different from pigs in blankets. There are competitions to find the best.

  8. Vaal
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I love Auntie Anne’s pretzels and they do a terrific little hot dogs wrapped in pretzel
    dough. Then they are fresh, they are terrific!

    • Vaal
      Posted April 24, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

      Did I mention they are terrific?

  9. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 10:23 am | Permalink

    “Shirley MacLaine … attended my high school in Arlington …”

    During which incarnation?

  10. DrBrydon
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Shirley MacLaine is Warren Beatty’s sister!? Since when?

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted April 24, 2017 at 11:30 am | Permalink

      Since the days of the studio system. The Louis B. Mayers and Jack Warners and Darryl F. Zanucks made contract players pair up as siblings. Little known fact.

  11. David Duncan
    Posted April 24, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Pigs-in-a-Blanket remind me of another British delicacy: Angels and Devils on Horseback:

    https://britishfoodhistory.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/angels-and-devils-on-horseback/


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