To say that he risked his life twenty times before reaching it is but the truth; but he managed so well that the creature joined the honey-cakes
in his bag.
He told him of the red ibises, who stand in long rows on the banks of the Nile, and catch gold-fish in their beaks; of the Sphinx, who is as old as the world itself, and lives in the desert, and knows everything; of the merchants, who walk slowly by the side of their camels, and carry amber beads in their hands; of the King of the Mountains of the Moon, who is as black as ebony, and worships a large crystal; of the great green snake that sleeps in a palm-tree, and has twenty priests to feed it with honey-cakes
; and of the pygmies who sail over a big lake on large flat leaves, and are always at war with the butterflies.
For you get your living in the water, but I am used to each such foods as men have: I never miss the thrice-kneaded loaf in its neat, round basket, or the thin-wrapped cake full of sesame and cheese, or the slice of ham, or liver vested in white fat, or cheese just curdled from sweet milk, or delicious honey-cake
which even the blessed gods long for, or any of all those cates which cooks make for the feasts of mortal men, larding their pots and pans with spices of all kinds.
They honoured Rhea, "mother of the gods", with honey-cakes
The Greeks would pay tribute with honey-cakes
and fine drinks and flowers at dawn.
Her recent collection of stories Mezescsok Cerberusnak (Honey-Cakes
for Cerberus) was published for the annual Book Week in June 1999, and I would not be surprised to hear that it has already sold out.