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#3110 - 06/06/00 08:08 PM Re: Brack  
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> The rings sound fun, like putting a silver sixpence in a Christmas Pudding.

Do people still carry on that tradition??


#3111 - 06/06/00 08:17 PM Re: Brack  
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Yep (not too many trips to the hospital to get foreign bodies removed, so far).


#3112 - 06/06/00 08:33 PM Re: Brack  
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> Yep (not too many trips to the hospital to get foreign bodies removed, so far).

Which reminds me of that dreadful old joke about the schoolboy who swallowed a sixpence - but it was alright. It was his dinner money. No, I didn't laugh this time, either.

That was a poor way to achieve membership, wasn't it kids?


#3113 - 06/06/00 09:46 PM Christmas Pudding  
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We also had little silver charms in ours: money bags, silver spoon, bachelor's button... They were notionally indicative of your year ahead. Anyone know any more?


#3114 - 06/08/00 11:45 PM Re: Christmas Pudding  
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Disclaimer, first:
I cannot abide black-eyed peas, so I have no direct experience with this custom. But, I believe, among people who like them here, that it is a tradition that whoever gets the bowlful on Jan. 1st. that contains the dime that was dropped into the pot, will have extra-good luck throughout the year.


#3115 - 06/09/00 07:05 PM Re: bachelor's button  
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What, pray tell, is a bachelor's button? I have an image of some young, eligible spinster finding this thing in her Christmas cake, having to sew the button back on the owner's shirt, and then marrying him.

Or am I being an incurable romantic?




#3116 - 06/10/00 09:04 AM Re: bachelor's button  
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Brewer says (in his wonderful old-fashioned prose): Buttons, similar in principle to press-studs used in dressmaking, and affixed without the need of sewing, hence the name. Also, several button-shaped flowers are so called rustics were wont to put them in their pockets and their growth was an indication that they would find favour with their sweethearts. Maidens wore them under their aprons.


#3117 - 06/10/00 11:12 AM Re: bachelor's button  
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Oh, paulb, thank you!!
I always just thought bachelor's buttons were another
name for cornflowers! Never occurred to me there was a
history behind the name! They were the very first flowers
my then-husband-to-be gave me, and do you know, I treasure
the memory of them even more than I do of the 20 red roses
he gave me this year on our 20th anniversary!


#3118 - 06/14/00 03:14 PM Re: Soda Bread  
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Rubrick

I was wondering why you hadn't mentioned my favourite bread. I always associate soda bread with Ireland we can get it here but it never tastes as good. I was wondering if Jackie's biscuit had its origins in soda bread. It sounds like it fulfills a similar role in the diet but soda bread has no added fat. Is "Scofa" bread the same thing?


#3119 - 06/15/00 10:18 AM Re: Soda Bread  
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> I was wondering why you hadn't mentioned my favourite bread. I always associate soda bread with Ireland we can get it
here but it never tastes as good. I was wondering if Jackie's biscuit had its origins in soda bread. It sounds like it fulfills
a similar role in the diet but soda bread has no added fat. Is "Scofa" bread the same thing?

Sorry about that - it never occurred to me to mention it. Soda bread has everything - a light texture, a full taste and no fat! Though it tastes best when smothered with butter - yum!

'Scofa'? Sounds like couch potato language - i.e. 'scoffing on a sofa'

Anyone want the recipe for Soda bread? Send me a private and I'll get back to you. It's very easy to make.


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