[Sca-cooks] 12th Night

ranvaig at columbus.rr.com ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
Sun Jan 7 06:23:40 PST 2007


I am so sorry we didn't see you at Twelfth night and hope you are well.

I mentioned making Littiu on the Cook's list and was asked this.  If 
you would be kind enough to respond, I'll forward the answer.

>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...

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