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. (foodreference.com)
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.