Saturday, 30 October 2010
`No, it can't,' said the Queen. `It's jam every other day: to-day isn't any other day, you know.'
All of which begs the question, "what shall I have on my toast today?"
During her fall down the rabbit hole, Alice discovers a jar of marmalade but is disappointed to discover that it is empty. There is a story that Lorina Liddell (mother of Alice Liddell, who inspired the original tale) was well known for her home-made marmalade, and that it was her recipe used in the production of Frank Cooper's famous Oxford Marmalade.
The Dormouse seems rather fixated with treacle, famously recounting the story of the three girls who live in a treacle well at the mad tea party and then raising the topic again during the trial of the Knave of Hearts, where he asserts that it is the principal ingredient of tarts. Treacle is a sweet, sticky spread made of sugar and is often compared to molasses. We think it's delicious, and Lyles Black Treacle comes in a rather spiffing tin, in which you could keep all manner of things.