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Recipe correction of the year

December 16, 2008 |  5:30 pm

Poisonousmushroom_2 Sometimes you run across something so completely amazing that you have to share it with everyone you come in contact with, at least for a day or two. Fortunately that's what the Web is for. And so, I give you this marvelous recipe correction, which was posted on the website Regret the Error under their round-up titled, "Crunks 2008: The Year In Media Errors and Corrections."

Best Recipe Error
A report from Reuters:

Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson has apologized after accidentally recommending a potentially deadly plant in organic salads.
The chef and TV presenter said in a magazine article that the weed henbane, also known as stinking nightshade, made an excellent addition to summertime meals...
Henbane, or Hyoscyamus niger, is toxic and can cause hallucinations, convulsions, vomiting and, in extreme cases, death.
Worrall Thompson, who was discussing his passion for organic foods, had confused the plant with another of a similar name.
The magazine "Healthy & Organic Living" printed an urgent warning: "Henbane is a very toxic plant and should never be eaten. As always, check with an expert when foraging or collecting wild plants."
Henbane, a close relative of deadly nightshade, was used by Dr. Crippen to kill his wife in 1910, and is thought to have been the main ingredient in the poison Romeo took in Shakespeare's play "Romeo and Juliet."
The chef had intended to refer to fat hen, a weed rich in vitamin C, that is edible, media reports said...
Worrall Thompson was reported in the media as saying the confusion had been "a bit embarrassing."

If that didn't brighten your day enough, you can resort to the always-reliable "Hamster on a piano."

-- Jessica Gelt

Photo caption: Looks can be deceiving: this mushroom, from the family Boletus, is poisonous, while a look-alike cousin is delicious.

Photo credit: Craig Ligibel