[Sca-cooks] 12th Night 2007 Stories

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sun Jan 7 05:37:11 PST 2007

On Jan 7, 2007, at 7:12 AM, Celia des Archier wrote:

> hmmmm...
> any possibility of getting a recipe for the littiu?

This is interesting. Oats have been eaten in semi-solidified form for  
thousands of years, and I gather from looking at the stuff saved in  
the Florilegium that this is just oats and milk, cooked as a thick  
porridge and allowed to cool somewhat, so I'm not questioning this as  
a dish, per se. But if our knowledge of what this is/consists of is  
sorta sketchy, why use this obviously Celtic name? Is it just an  
Irish word for oats? Why is it not just oatmeal or porridge, or  
flummery, or what distinguishes it from them? Is it that the name has  
emerged from Irish poetry and people have felt the need to come up  
with a functional "recipe" to match it, and this is what it is?

Just trying to understand the reasoning process...


"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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