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ortolan

1. a brownish Old World bunting, Emberiza hortulana, regarded as a delicacy
2. any of various other small birds eaten as delicacies, esp the bobolink
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For some birds, like storks, skylarks, ortolans and whinchats rural areas and field spaces are crucial ecosystems in the world scale (www.otop.org.pl).
It is not in the most expensive kitchens where there is found the most prodigal dissipation of the abundant fruits of the earth; and it is with such that a people is fed, not with ortolans, truffles, and oysters sent from Marenne.
Ortolans (a breed of brownish seed-eating songbird) have returned, and the biodiversity of this site has been a key attraction ever since.
Souffle of quails with smoked or pickled (scarlet tongue) Boned breast and wing of chicken with a sauce of foie gras Saddles of mutton in gravy Ducklings cooked in a bordelaise sauce Ham served with marsh-grown broad beans Ortolans (garden buntings) served on crustless bread
This is illustrated by the fact that the words 'bartavelles et ortolans' no longer have any effect on him:
She relates the notorious "last supper" that the dying French Prime Minister Francois Milterand served to more than 30 guests--dozens of ortolans, small migratory birds said to represent the soul of France, whose consumption not only is against the law, but considered a sin First, the birds are fattened, then drowned in Armagnac brandy.
Recounting the "Savoy dinners" and "the suppers at Willis's" he and Douglas had enjoyed, he lingers on the details of "the clear turtle soup, the luscious ortolans wrapped in their crinkled Sicilian vine-leaves .