[Sca-cooks] Riddle was oatcakes

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Apr 7 16:52:20 PDT 2009

Interesting word.  A riddle is a coarse sieve used to seperate grain from 
chaff.  The two common forms of riddle appear to be a plate with holes 
drilled in it or a wooden rim strung with a coarse wire mesh.  From the 
usage, a riddle cake appears to be an oatcake made from coarse grain rather 
than from cut or milled oats.  And yes it is the source of the term, "riddle 
with bullets," from an earlier term, "to make a riddle of."


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