|Alice, the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle|
Beautiful soup so rich and green,
Waiting in a hot tureen.
Mock Turtle Soup was a concoction served up in England in Victorian times. It was not, however, made from a turtle. It was an imitation made from a calf's head or hooves. Sometimes even a bovine fetus was used. As you can see from the illustration, the Mock Turtle boasts both a calf's head and hooves. The reason for the invention of this disgusting olio was that it was cheaper than proper turtle soup. How anyone was ever persuaded to ingest this revolting provender I cannot imagine. Perhaps Carroll didn't think much of it either. However, the Mock Turtle in song calls it
Soup of the evening, beautiful, beautiful soup.