My Friend Maigret 1949 – George Simenon.
Maigret leaves rainy Paris to solve a case in the warm, Spring Midi region on the Mediterranean coast. He takes with him Mr Pyle – a detective from Scotland Yard, London who is studying Maigret’s “method”. After walking around the small, quiet seaside village where the murder has taken place they go to the local cafe for diner and Maigret asks….:
“Do you like Mediterranean cooking, Mr Pyle?”
“I don’t know it.”
“Do you want to try it?”
And, Paul, the proprietor, suggested:
“Some small birds, to start with? I’ve cooked a few on the spit, brought in this morning.”
They were robins, Paul unfortunately announced as he served the Englishman, who could not help gazing tenderly at his plate.
Got a few Robins around the house at the moment, they show up well against the snow.
Hmmm perhaps not.