[Sca-cooks] Leftovers, questions and discussion [long]
ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Tue Sep 7 23:55:48 PDT 2010
> > Now as to peasant diets and leftovers, I am afraid I see this as two
>> Who had leftovers? The status of leftovers?
>> If you start with leftovers, and look in OED one is instructed to look
>> up leave (verb) and that leads to:
>> e. leave over. trans. To allow to remain for future use; to let
>> stand over for subsequent consideration. Freq. in pa. pple. left
>> over, remaining, not used up.
>> 1887 Times (weekly ed.) 14 Oct. 3/2 He thought the matter might be
>> left over for the present.
>> 1892 MARK TWAIN Amer. Claimant xii. 107 Irish stew made of the
>> potatoes and meat left over from a procession of previous meals.
>> left-over, a. and n. shows up as
>> B. n. Something remaining over; esp. a portion of some article of food
>> left over from a meal. Freq. pl. Also transf.
>> 1891 Cassell's Family Mag. May 374/1 They all like change of diet, so
>> I provide all sorts of things, with the result that the left-overs,
>> as I call them, are appalling.
>> So the term is 19th century.
>> They may have dined on the remains of a previous meal, but they didn't
>> dine on a left-over.
>I wish I had your vast store of knowledge about this subject. I want to
>be you when I grow up! So it is with some trepidation that I mention that
>I believe I have read German recipe(s) that specifically are for food that
>is left over. The lack of a concordance is driving me crazy. I'll no
>doubt find it when I least expect it, so please bear with me in my search.
> I don't expect anyone to take this statement without the backing evidence
>so I will look and post it when I find it again. This doesn't add
>anything to the pasties discussion, but I do suspect the Germans at least
>had the concept and linguistic articulation of food left-over. Now just
>to find it!
There is a reference somewhere to one of the
Caliphs, I think Muawiya, having the leftover
food from the previous evening's dinner for
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