Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Coffee break

coffee break
There's nothing better towards the arse end of a working day than a good cup of black coffee (in a Cornishware cup and saucer, of course... we are English, after all) and a few slices of Madeira cake.

I read recently that Madeira cake goes very well with a glass of Madeira, too. In the same article I also read that people who live on the island of Madeira refer to Madeira cake as English cake. Can that be true? If so, well, that's pretty fucked up.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum, now I'm hungry. Oh well, we have pretty good coffee at this office, so I'll just go and get hopped up on caffeine for the time being...

22 November, 2006 16:58  
Anonymous Pie said...

Mmm, English Cake.

I'm so hungry now. Got 15 minutes of 'work' left until home for dinner.

I wonder if any other foods are called 'English ...' in other countries?

22 November, 2006 17:54  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

LDB: You go, girl, get hopped up!

Pie: In Italy they have a type of ice cream that translates as "English soup". It's like fruit-salad flavour. God only knows why it's called English soup.

22 November, 2006 18:16  
Blogger ems said...

Sauce à l'anglaise is custard.

22 November, 2006 20:46  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

haha... looks good :)

that's funny... like, when i eat chinese food and think... wow, in china, they probably call this... well, i don't how to speek chinese, but i'm guessing they call it food (but in chinese)

22 November, 2006 21:42  
Blogger Sue Ellen Mischke said...

I've never heard of this cake. Looks like pound cake to me. Whatever it is, it looks tasty.

22 November, 2006 22:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it does look like pound cake. Not sure why it's called pound cake, but I tend to believe it's cause it's very heavy, and will add a pound to your toosh.

Coffee and a sweet something is my favorite breakfast, lunch and snack. mmm-mmmm

22 November, 2006 23:03  
Blogger Karen said...

My first thought, like the other North American readers was that it was pound cake. I had another thought on why it's called pound cake (if indeed that is what it is), although Pickled Olive's ideas are great. It's called pound cake because it's from England. England's currency is ... the pound. Perhaps at one time, people traded in cakes rather than coins.

23 November, 2006 00:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to get paid in cakes..

my ass is plenty hefty as it is...

mmmm..pound cake

23 November, 2006 02:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not sure what Madeira cake tastes like, but I am sure any kind of cake at the end of the day would make it all seem better. :)

23 November, 2006 05:37  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

i like that i wrote, "i don't know how to speek chinese"

because obviously i also don't know how to spel en eengleshe

23 November, 2006 06:05  
Blogger Underground Baker said...

Coffee and cake, oh my that sounds good right now. * I went to you link, love it, but was too tired to figure out how to comment. (I just did a ridiculously long post and am now brain dead) Can you believe I do those bloody boxes for each cake.
Your review was almost haiku, (or however you spell it).
Thanks for dropping by.

23 November, 2006 08:24  
Blogger Will said...

And don't they call the French Horn the Cor Anglais in France?

23 November, 2006 09:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about Lardy cake? Good old english stodge.

23 November, 2006 09:47  

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