[Sca-cooks] Gilded gingerbread query

Carol Smith eskesmith at hotmail.com
Thu Jan 4 17:59:48 PST 2007

Not going into serious cooking sources, but didnn't Mary Poppins often stop 
at a local bakery and pick up gingerbread decorated with removable gilt 
stars?  I't's been too many years since I read it last, so memory may be 


>From: "Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius" <adamantius1 at verizon.net>
>Reply-To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>To: Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
>Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Gilded gingerbread query
>Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 17:38:19 -0500
>On Jan 4, 2007, at 5:02 PM, Johnna Holloway wrote:
> > Seems to date from the 18th19th centuries
> > OED says under gingerbread*
> > *
> >     (1766) *Smollett* /Trav./ Let. xxx. II. 104 "Yet the rooms are too
> >     small, and too much decorated with carving and gilding, which is a
> >     kind of gingerbread work. "
> >     (1840) *R. H. Dana* /Bef. Mast/ xxii. 66 "There was no foolish
> >     gilding and gingerbread work to take the eye of landsmen and
> >     passengers. "
> >     (1844) *Tupper* /Heart/ xiii. 135 "His distant relative's good
> >     feeling..served indeed to gild the future, but did not avail to
> >     gingerbread the present. "
> >
> >     Another quote is found under ship-shape
> >     (1840) *R. H. Dana* /Bef. Mast/ xxii, "There was no foolish
> > gilding
> >     and gingerbread work,..but everything was `ship-shape'. "
> >
> > You might suggest to your correspondent to check out House on the Hill
> > for gingerbread molds. They sell powdered dusts and paints for
> > coloring
> > the finished cookies.http://www.houseonthehill.net/
> >
> > Johnnae
>There's that company (whose showroom is like a Disneyland for
>confectioners) on 22nd Street just east of 6th Avenue in Manhattan,
>but whose name is something uninspired like, The NY Cake Decorating
>But I'm struck, in the post above, that the citations appear more to
>equate gingerbread with embellishment and gilding (as in, a house
>with gingerbread trim), than to indicate that gingerbread was
>Which is not intended as a critique. And don't mind me; well-meaning
>souls saw fit to present us with various "gourmet" coffees over the
>holidays, and after several false starts (French roast -- phooey!) in
>self-defense we had to order a supply of legitimately good stuff
>which just arrived. I'm pretty high on an excessively strong batch of
>half Colombian and half Jamaican Blue Mountain, all "city roast"...
>"S'ils n'ont pas de pain, vous fait-on dire, qu'ils  mangent de la
>brioche!" / "If there's no bread to be had, one has to say, let them
>eat cake!"
>      -- attributed to an unnamed noblewoman by Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
>"Confessions", 1782
>"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?"
>      -- Susan Sheybani, assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry
>Holt, 07/29/04
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