The cuckoo is to English spring as the Robin is to North America. The call of the cuckoo heard over the hills and dales of the English countryside is a welcome sound each year. You can hear it here. I didn’t realise, before writing this, that the cuckoo family is spread widely turning up in many parts of the world and apparently the bird with which I am familiar is the Common Cuckoo. It is a bird parasite because it lays its eggs in the nests of other species. Here again, there are many cuckoos which do not do this, silly me I thought it was a feature of cuckoos. After all that is where the word cuckold came from. Translation: a man who’s wife produces another man’s child. These days I guess that can happen with surrogates, but cuckold is an old fashioned word. We saw a whole flock of cuckoos in our North Carolina back yard once, they devastated a plant which was full of bugs, and then we never saw them again although the bugs came back. I don't ever remember actually seeing a cuckoo in England.
Here’s an interesting sounding pudding from Food.com. It has its origins in Africa. I like couscous so will definitely try this one.
Caakiri (Couscous Pudding)By Random Rachel
Photo by Annacia
- Servings: 4
"A simple couscous pudding. Makes 4 - 1 cup servings. From congocooking.com"
- 2 cups couscous
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2 cups yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 dash nutmeg (optional)
- raisins or crushed pineapple or mint ( to garnish)
- Prepare 2 cups of couscous according to package directions and allow to cool.
- Combine evaporated milk, yogurt, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla. Stir yogurt mixture into couscous.
- Add more sugar, to taste. Garnish as desired. Serve warm or chilled.