Tuesday, 2 February 2016

As clear as mud!

If you buy bread from a baker's where do you buy your cakes? That was the question today and it unearthed a minefield of complexity!

Cakes are found in cake shops. How pragmatic we are in Blighty! However a person who makes cakes professionally is a pastry chef. And a pastry is not a cake! It's all those dry sweet things that we tend to call Danish pastries although they look and taste the same as French ones! And as for a croissant....well that's a croissant, of course.

What's your favourite English dessert/cake/pudding?

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Quirky, Quintessential British-made

The word teasmaid, although it should be spelt teasmade, came up today while we were talking about household appliances. And I was wondering whether they are still made today. So I checked it out and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk9MWD_hyys

Monday, 11 January 2016

No cheesy cheese please

There was a lot of talk about cheese in today's session which got me to thinking about adjectives to describe cheese.

By adding -y to some nouns you can create an adjective e.g

salt - salty
pepper - peppery
spice - spicy
garlic - garlicky

Although cheesy means 'like cheese in taste, smell, or consistency' it can also mean cheap and of low quality!

Check out http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=cheesy for a more detailed definition.

What's your favourite cheese? How would you describe it?