On August 4 in 1983 Dave Winfield, a N.Y. Yankee outfielder accidentally killed a seagull with an errant throw in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He was arrested, charged with cruelty to animals and had to post a $500 bond. The charges were dropped the following day. (

Shame, poor seagull. I wonder if they are edible? In fact, I often wonder how the first poultry eaters knew which birds would go nicely in the oven with a couple of potatoes for roasting. I can’t find any other history, but here I found that “The practice of raising chickens for food is ancient, with the first domestication of poultry thought to have occurred in southernAsiaover 4,000 years ago. The popularity of eating chickens has fluctuated throughout history; at times, chicken has been thought of as a luxury item, while at other times, it has fallen into disregard and obscurity.

During the early history of theUnited States, the settlers brought chickens with them fromEurope. While at first, chickens were raised by individual families for their own consumption, as the developing towns expanded and flock sizes increased, surplus chickens were sold or bartered for groceries. While the development of modern refrigeration methods and more rapid transportation in the late 19th century increased poultry production, it was not until after World War II that developments in raising poultry increased, making chickens more available, and more popular, throughout the country. ”


Moving right along. My daughter had a sore throat last week and – fearful that it would develop into something like the flu I suffered recently – I made her stay in bed. Towards midday, she said she wanted Spur chicken wings. I refused, she nagged. I will not go to a Spur, even under threat of death, so I compromised and bought a bottle of their sauce at the supermarket.


She was none the wiser. Motherhood requires a good deal of subterfuge at times …

This picture is for Paula, because she likes butterflies, I thought of her last night when I drank it and because it goes particularly well with chicken wings.


61 Comments Add yours

  1. dinahmow says:

    I’ll have to keep the cats away from this post – they regard chicken wings as their sole preserve. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      My doggies too 🙂

  2. siggiofmaine says:

    Hope your daughter is better…mmmm mmm good, chicken wings.
    Thanks for the delightful post.

    ☮ ♥. Siggi in Downeast Maine

    1. theonlycin says:

      She is better, thank you Siggi 🙂

  3. souldipper says:

    Oh, you mothers are a sneaky bunch. Just wait until your daughter secretly reads your blog!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I beg my family to read my blog, but they just roll their eyes 😉

      1. souldipper says:

        They probably brag about you behind your back!

  4. Tandy says:

    oh my, where did you get that wine?

  5. I never knew that, about the seagull. Lol. How would you feel. Lol. Chicken looks great, I’d love a bowl to ward of the flu I have. 😦 Hope your all better.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh shame, Cheffie, hope you’re being pampered and get well soon.

  6. I don’t like sweet food, but get regularly out voted on BBQ sauce.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I draw the line at pink sauce 😉

  7. I’m not telling your daughter on you… 🙂

    Hope she’s feeling better soon!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She’s all better, thanks Celia 🙂

  8. I must take notes. Your methods of avoiding junk food are machiavellian but ingenious.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m a dark horse like that, Kate 😉

  9. pinkpolkadotfood says:

    We must be sooo clever to raise kids!! I hoope you will have a great day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You too, Pinky, almost weekend 😉

  10. Tilly Bud says:

    Mothers are the most cunning women on the planet.

    Chicken was a cheap staple for us once; now it’s a luxury.

    1. theonlycin says:

      One of the blokes who works for my husband has a farm, we buy enormous free range chickens from him for next to nothing, wish you lived closer, Tilly!

      1. Tilly Bud says:

        Me too! If only to drop in for some of your marvellous food. I mean, visit you.

      2. theonlycin says:

        Hehe, wouldn’t we have a fine time 🙂

  11. Sparky says:

    Lol @ the Spur post. Last year I had food poisoning from Spur wings @ Maponya mall and my Niece loves it because of the play area. So far I haven’t introduced it to K. Nandos wings are my fave 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I must try Nandos, Sparky, have never had it 🙂

  12. SidevieW says:

    chicken often doesn’t go far here, 2 furry purries think it’s theirs by right

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lulubelle and Disky give me very soulful stares when there is chicken about 😉

  13. nursemyra says:

    The wings are my favourite part of a chicken

    1. theonlycin says:

      Mine too, Myra 🙂

  14. I wonder if seagulls would be more turkeyish or chickenish…
    Pete gets crispy grilled chicken wings with chippies and sweet chilli sauce every now and again too. Husband / child – same thing right?
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seagulls would probably be a bit fishy? 😉

  15. mairedubhtx says:

    Very interesting about chickens. I never knew that much about them except that they are always around (I live near a rural section of the city). Chicken soup is the preferred remedy for anything that ails you, according to my grandmother.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think all grannies say that about chicken soup 😉

  16. Ooooooh! Now I know what wine you can serve when I come (one of them anyway!). Thanks for the mention!

    BTW, the development of chicken producing in the US has gone way beyond anything beyond anyones imagination, and is one of the most cruel things that is done in the name of meat production in the world. Same for turkeys. While I am not a vegetarian, I refuse to buy any poultry or eggs that has not been raised cage-free and free range. You would not believe some of the conditions those poor things have to live in. Makes my stomach turn.

    I remember one of my favorite stories/jokes: Two cave men were sitting on their rocks when they noticed a cow out in the field, with a calf busily nursing on her. After a long time of reflection, one of the cavemen puffed his chest up, beat on it and told his friend, “You see that huge creature standing out there in the field? You see those things dangling down from between its hind legs? Did you watch that little one bite and suck on one of the pointy things?” His buddy said, “Yes, I see it – scary isn’t it?” The first then said, “Well I’m going out to that animal, trap it, and suck on one of those things, and whatever comes out, I’m going to drink it.” THus we have the first human to drink cow’s milk.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahahahaha Paula 😀

  17. SuziCate says:

    MMMMMMMM, bbq wings! Now, just to be able to find that wine, love the name of it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sweet, isn’t it? I like it all the more because it is a forerunner in the plastic, recycle-able bottle brigade 🙂

  18. Steffi says:

    I hope your daughter feel better soon!Your Chicken meal looks yummy!And I am sure the wine is very delicious.
    If you like see some pics of Hamburg…in my blog :O))you could find some.Have a nice day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Steffi 🙂

  19. slpmartin says:

    An interesting request from an ill child…and a fine response from mom. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am proud of my cunning 😉

  20. deepercolors says:

    What’s a Spur? Is that like Kentucky Fried Chicken? (all kinds of chicken from fried to baked and wings with various sauces. Definitely Not gourmet. 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Spur is a chain of franchised restaurants, steak, ribs and chicken, not my cup of tea at all 🙂

  21. nrhatch says:

    That’s a gorgeous bottle of wine . . . and loved your food reference tidbit today:

    I would have had no problem representing Dave Winfield against the charge of cruelty to animals ~ clearly the seagull “assumed the risk.” If not, it was contributorily negligent. 😉

    1. nrhatch says:

      Also glad that OB did not get what OC had. 😀

      1. theonlycin says:

        Luckily OB’s was just a temporary lurgy 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      I want you on my side if I ever kill a seagull 😉

  22. How clever of you! 🙂 I have some fond youth memories of Spur. We had many a dinner out when we couldn’t afford much. We used to keep a close eye on their specials. When I think Spur I think onion rings with the white sauce that they always have on the table – and those little doughy fritter “thingies” that they have in the salad bar sometimes 🙂 OH! And their Malva pudding with ice cream and/or custard!! YUM YUM!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hehe Lee, I will make you much better Malva pud 😉

      1. Hey, when you haven’t had any better (yet) you think what you’ve got is the best… that is UNTILL… 😉

  23. bluebee says:

    Birds get taken out with painful regularity on golf courses, but I’ve never heard of it happening in a baseball game! (I hit a kangaroo once in the thigh on the golf course, but, thankfully, it was fine – and we were far apart, so I received merely a dirty and not a boxing)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lucky ‘roo and lucky you 😉

  24. Naomi says:

    That wine bottle is beautiful, and your chicken and chips all look delicious! In fact, I’d say your chips are hands down a winner over Aaron’s ones on Masterchef last night 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      WOW, thanks, I forgot to watch!

  25. We moms do have to be sneaky don’t we. I would try that wine just because of the label.

    1. theonlycin says:

      The label does it for me too 🙂

  26. dearrosie says:

    I would imagine seagulls to be fishy but I wouldn’t eat them because they eat all the rubbish they find lying around. I also wouldn’t eat hadidahs. Would you?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Absolutely not 😉

  27. Jamie Dedes says:

    Interesting question about seagulls as food. Curious. Almost anything is food someplace in the world. Did a search. So far all I can see is that sometimes when people are stranded on rafts or islands they will then eat gull.

    Hmmm, but there are lots of foods that I don’t eat anymore and less and less meat and poultry … Veggies are good! 🙂 Those wings look good too, must admit. Like bbq wings here.

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