Whole stuffed camel

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A Whole stuffed camel or Camalambakicken is a satirical folklore dish consisting of a camel engastrated with a sheep or a lamb, in turn stuffed with other ingredients.[1]

Reference to this recipe is made in the comedic novel I Served the King of England,[2] first published in 1971 by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal as a traditional Ethiopian dish cooked for a visit to Prague by the Emperor Haile Selassie. The novel Water Music by T. Coraghessan Boyle contains a recipe for camel stuffed with dates, plover eggs, carp, seasoned bustards, and sheep, baked for two days on hot coals in a trench.[3]

Remastered CD versions of the Pink Floyd album Atom Heart Mother contain a card of "Breakfast Tips". On one side is a recipe for a "Traditional Bedouin Wedding Feast", detailing the stuffing of a chicken inside of a lamb, which is stuffed inside a goat, which is then stuffed inside a camel, and cooked over a charcoal fire.[4]

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  1. ^ Dutch, Jennifer Rachel. “Not Just for Laughs: Parody Recipes in Four Community Cookbooks.” Western Folklore 77, no. 3/4 (2018): 249–76. JSTOR 26864126.)
  2. ^ Hrabal, Brohumil. I Served THE KING OF ENGLAND. Picador, 1990, pp. 108-114. ISBN 0330308769
  3. ^ "Konundrum Engine Literary Review - TC Boyle Interview". Lit.konundrum.com. Archived from the original on 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  4. ^ "Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother". Pink Floyd Online. Archived from the original on 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2010-02-25.