a kind of doughnut), Stuffed Mushrooms and Yankee Doodle Salad.
The recipe goes like this:
- 1 elephant (medium size)
- 2 rabbits (optional)
- salt and pepper
Cut the elephant into small bite-size pieces. This should take about two months. Add enough brown gravy to cover. Cook over kerosene fire for about four weeks at 465 degrees.
This will serve thirty-eight hundred people. If more are expected, two rabbits may be added, but do this only if necessary as some people do not like to find a hare in their stew.
There are many variations of this joke and the original source is unclear. One website claims it first appeared in a 1968 cookbook, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't go back further than that.
The joke even has its own webpage at funkymunky.co.za/elephantstew.html. The page is filled with international variations on the theme, some of which veer disturbingly toward being actual potential recipes for a stew made from elephants.
So, just to be clear, I have as good of a sense of humor as anyone, but...
ELEPHANTS ARE NOT FOR EATING.
ELEPHANTS TUSKS ARE NOT OURS TO TURN INTO A COMMODITY.
ELEPHANTS ARE NOT FOR TROPHY HUNTING.
ELEPHANTS ARE NOT FOR CIRCUSES AND ZOOS.
Now that I have that out of my system, we can return to the levity and leave you with this silly illustration of anthropomorphic potatoes from Flavorite Recipes from the Farmers' Almanac...