An Easter foodie extravaganza from Ann.
(Blog Editor Adam: Let it be noted that I resisted temptation to call it and Easter EGGstravaganza. Oops!)
(David & Mary at London Walks: Adam…You’re fired!)
Over to Ann…
“Hot Cross Buns, one a penny two a penny, Hot Cross Buns
If your daughters will not eat them, give them to your sons.
But if you haven’t any of those pretty little elves
You cannot then do better than eat them all you selves.
A bun will certainly cost you more than that nowadays. This is the week to eat them – and Good Friday the traditional day, even though you can buy them in supermarkets virtually all year round. It’s said that these buns will never go mouldy – there’s a London pub where buns hanging in the bar date back to 1848. The story goes that a poor widow baked the buns for her sailor son to eat at Easter – but he never returned. She baked the buns each year in his memory, and when a pub was built on the site of her cottage, the landlord continued the tradition. On Good Friday a sailor from the Royal Navy presents a new bun, which will join the others – admittedly rather blackened by now – hanging up. The pub is The Widow’s Son in Devons Rd., Bow -but I’ve had no luck contacting them to see if and when the 2010 bun will be presented.
On Good Friday 1839 the famous Bun Shop in Pimlico Rd., Chelsea, sold 24,000 buns. Its products were celebrated in a popular song: ‘O flour of the ovens! A zephyr in paste! Fragrant as honey, and sweeter in taste’
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POST UPDATED 23/3/16
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