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Garlic and Honey
Tales of Nasr-ed-din
translated from the
by Henry D. Barnham
A governor came to Akshehir who was rather eccentric.
"If anyone knows a good dish," said he, 'I wish he would write
out the recipe and we will make a Cookery Book."
He made the suggestion to one of the principle men of the town,
who passed it on to the Khoja.
Next day the Khoja met this man and said, "Do you know I was
thinking all night about what you told me. I have invented
a rare dish— one that no one has ever heard of—quite delicious!"
When the man asked what it was, he said, "You must make a batter
of garlic and honey."
The man, who was a bit of a fool, went off at once, and
happening to meet the Governor, said to him, "We have a Khoja in
the town, a man of much experience and quite an original
character." He then proceeded to give him the Khoja's recipe.
Now, the Governor was by no means as intelligent as he was
supposed to be. He answered, "How extraordinary! You don't
say so!" and at once hurried home and gave orders to the cook
that he was to try it for supper.
Of course it was disgusting.
The Governor was very angry and told the man who had mentioned
the Khoja to him, to bring him to Government House.
"So you are the man who invented a dish of garlic and honey?" he
"Your humble servant," replied the Khoja, "unworthy though I be
to have done such a thing."
"Very well," said the Governor, and gave orders that he should
be made to eat some on an empty stomach the next morning.
As he turned it over in his mouth he made horrible grimaces at
the nasty taste, and the Governor said, "What are you making
those faces for?" Enjoy yourself. Take your
fill of this dish you invented. Perhaps it tastes
differently to the man who made it."
"Your Excellency!" said the Khoja, "this invention of mine
was only a theory. I had never tasted the thing
before. Now I have, and I see that theory and practice are
quite different things. I don't like it, either."