It seems this restaurant inspector was quite suspicious of Joe's Diner. It was rumored that Joe served a fabulous rabbit stew that was quite meaty and a bit beefy. Rumored it was horsemeat. Everyone loved the stew and Joe had a booming business. The only way the inspector was going to get the bottom of it was to check the stew out himself.
The inspector seated himself on a stool at the counter, and when Joe came by, said, “I see that you have rabbit stew as a luncheon special, I think I'd like to try that.” Joe served him a big bowl of stew and the inspector proceeded to wolf it down.
After he had finished with a big smile on his face, the inspector called Joe over again and said, “This is mighty fine stew. I believe it's the best rabbit stew I've ever tasted. What's your secret ingredient?”
Joe replied. “Now it wouldn't be a secret if I told you, would it.”
“Ah, come on now, it tastes a bit rich. You wouldn't be putting horsemeat in it would you?” The inspector got one of those sly smiles he used when he knew he had a restaurant owner over a barrel.
Joe confessed. “Well, with the economy and all, I couldn't be selling rabbit stew at that price without putting a little horsemeat in it.”
“A little horsemeat, how much?”
“You know, one horse and one rabbit.”