Saturday, December 4, 2010

Oilcakes


Via Elizabeth McCracken's twitter feed, the appalling donut taco. Such innovations are perhaps defensible on Aldous Huxley's principle that a dark Satanic mill ought to look like a dark Satanic mill: doughnuts are intrinsically gross; as Wikipedia explains, in the 19th century, doughnuts were sometimes referred to as one kind of olykoek (a Dutch word literally meaning "oil cake"), a "sweetened cake fried in fat."[2]

5 comments:

zbs said...

I see nothing intrinsically gross in that quotation. "Oilcakes" is nice but all doughy cakes involve fat or oil.

Sarang said...

I didn't mean to imply a strong causal link: calling a doughnut an oilcake makes it sound disgusting, and doughnuts in fact contain a huge amount of fat, but these are logically independent facts.

Sarang said...

Not to mention that everything sounds slightly more disgusting in Dutch.

do said...

Reminds me a bit of curry pan. It's not sweet on the outside, though.

Grobstein said...

"Fried dough" is an admirable descriptor for all of these treats.