Last night we were offered hedgehogs for dinner! Our Italian is limited to say the least, and a very helpful waitresswas guiding us through the restaurant menu. She told us with great enthusiasm that she had very nice hedgehogs, and how tasty they were.

Needless to say we were very concerned, and asked: “Are you sure they’re hedgehogs? Small animals with lots of spikes?”

Horrified, she protested that no, they were vegetables. Suddenly the penny dropped and we realised she meant artichokes!

Delicious, we agreed, and ordered them immediately. The restaurant gave us them ‘on the house’ to show that everyone appreciated the joke.

Hedgehogs masquerading as artichokes