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The rollmop is a pickled herring that is rolled up, usually round a pickled cucumber. It is a dish of northern Europe, and the word itself is of German extraction: rollmops, from rollen, ‘roll’ and mops, ‘pug dog’ (which has been interpreted as plural in English, and a new singular, rollmop, created). It did not enter the culinary repertoire of the English-speaking world until the early twentieth century, probably via America, and one of the earliest recorded references to it is by Ernest Hemingway in Torrents of Spring (1926). It is said to be a cure for hangovers.

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