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История рождественских индеек

Mr Bean stuffing turkeyРедкий дом в Великобритании обходится без традиционной индейки на Рождество.

Все знают об английской традиции, мистер Бин с присущим ему юмором рассказал в одном из своих фильмов, сколько сил приходится положить, чтобы приготовить эту громадную птицу.

Но не все знают, что только с 1950-х годов индейка стала появляться в домах простых людей, до этого лишь богатые люди могли себе позволить такую роскошь.

Королеве Виктории подавали индейку, фаршированную мясом других птиц. Вкусно было, наверное!…

Несколько интересных фактов из жизни индеек вы узнаете сегодня из видео, которое записала Наташа.

По нашей доброй традиции в видео есть субтитры на английском и русском языке. Одна английская фраза вызвала большие трудности с переводом на русский.

Трудно перевести игру слов. Вот что у нас получилось. Кто может перевести лучше – дайте нам знать!

The good thing about Christmas Day and turkeys is that Christmas is a family time, and turkeys are family size!

Интересным фактом о Рождестве и индейках является то, что Рождество - это время, когда собирается вся семья, а индейки как раз и обладают семейным (большим) размером.



Оба варианта субтитров можно активировать, нажав на специальный значок в правом нижнем углу, выбрав нужный язык. Если вы предпочитаете смотреть видео без субтитров, но хотели бы иметь текст в напечатанном виде, то вы его найдете ниже.

Hi friends!

As Christmas is approaching, let us talk today about the centrepiece of a Christmas dinner – a turkey!

Christmas Day and Boxing Day dinners add an average 2 to 3 kilos to each person. We eat a lot! The main dish served on Christmas Day is turkey.

Henry VIII was the first person to eat a turkey on Christmas Day, however turkey was a luxury right up until the 1950's, when they became more accessible and more affordable for everyone.

A lot of turkeys are bred in Norfolk. But Norfolk is a long way from many of the large cities of Britain, where they are eaten. The question is how would you get a turkey from Norfolk to London in the early 1700?

There were no good railways, there were no bicycles or cars or buses. So how did the turkeys get to London?

You wouldn’t believe me, but they walked! It is about 100 miles.

Imagine that! Not only were they going to have their neck twisted – they had to wear their little legs out before they got to the table!

By the early 18th century there were over 250,000 turkeys walking to London each year. They’d be taken in smaller flocks (less than 1,000) and because the journey would take around 3 months, the first flocks would set off in August.

The big birds’ feet aren’t made for this sort of turkey-marathon.

So farmers had to make boots out of old sacks or pieces of leather for the turkeys!

Geese were just as bad off and faced long walks to the market at Christmas. But geese didn’t like wearing sack shoes so their feet were dipped in soft tar that went hard.

When the turkeys got to London then one ‘lucky’ bird would be selected for Queen Victoria’s own dinner.

She had the turkey roasted in a rich pastry. But the stuffing was a bit unusual. Three other birds were used with their bones removed.

A woodcock was placed inside… a pheasant… which was put inside… a chicken… which was eventually put inside the turkey.

When it was carved the meat had the different flavours of the four birds.

The average weight of a Christmas turkey is 5.5kg. Approx 10 millions are eaten in the UK every Christmas.

The good thing about Christmas Day and turkeys is that Christmas is a family time, and turkeys are family size!

There are lots of jokes about turkeys and I am going to make another video about this ever so popular Christmas bird.

Please stay with me and subscribe to my channel if you haven’t done it yet! See you soon.

Goodbye!



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