[Sca-cooks] Parliament Cakes

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Wed Jan 24 09:30:55 PST 2007

If Devra can send me the original query, I'll run it and see what I can 
I came across that N&Q reference earlier, but haven't gone into it 
further yet.
Mason and Brown list them in Traditional Foods of Britain. Also here 
where they are again
associated with Scotland.
*parlies*  Scottish; ginger cakes, believed to be so named because they 
were eaten by members of the Scottish parliament.
"parlies"  /A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition/. David A. Bender. Oxford 
University Press, 2005.


Elise Fleming wrote:
> A Google search turned up some interesting things, one of which is accessible only by paying a $16 fee for the day.  It is an article from 1899 about the cakes at nq.oxfordjournals.org/content/vols9-III/issue64/index.dtl .  Don't know if any of the librarians on the list have a subscription to this journal.
> http://www.operagastro.com/recipes/scotland/parlies.htm
> "Not cakes at all, but small biscuits which were first supplied to the gentry and Members of the Scottish Parliament from a shop called "Luckie Fykie" in Waverley, Edinburgh."
> Alys Katharine
> Elise Fleming

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