Pope asks First Lady what she feeds Trump

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May 25, 2017

BIZELJSKO, Slovenia (AP):

Thanks to Pope Francis and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.

As Melania Trump approached and shook hands with the pontiff on Wednesday, Francis asked in Spanish through his interpreter and pointed towards President Donald Trump: "What do you give him to eat? Potica?"

She looked puzzled at first, as did reporters, apparently thinking the pope was talking about pizza.

But then the first lady seemed to understand that he meant potica (pronounced paw-tee'-tzah).

Slovenia's public broadcaster carried the news on its website in its entertainment section.

RTV Slo reported that the pope is a fan of Slovenia's potica and that he regularly asks visitors from Slovenia about it.

Potica is a typical highly nutritious Slovenian festive strudel with nuts, poppy seeds, cottage cheese, chocolate, tarragon, leek or honey fillings.

It has been prepared for more than 200 years in earthenware baking-dishes or directly in ovens.