Posted by James Briggs on June 04, 2003
In Reply to: Cornbread in a glass posted by ESC on June 04, 2003
: : : Can anyone tell me why we call slices of bread 'soldiers' when we dip them in boiled eggs?
: : : Thanks!
: : I have no back-up for this, but my opinion is this. The egg's irrelevant largely, because you can equally have Marmite soldiers (it's a very popular UK savoury spread for those who don't know). To turn bread or toast into soldiers, all you need to do butter a slice of bread, then further cut it lengthways 5 or 6 times. The resultant row of strips could be said to look like soldiers standing in rank on parade, all in line.
: : Personally I prefer toast soldiers for dipping into a runny egg - those bread ones are too spineless and droopy :)
: Runny egg. Marmite. Sounds yummy. I have read that Marmite is not a taste that can be acquired. You have to eat it from childhood to like it. Is that true?
: Here's a food item from my childhood in West Virginia: cornbread in a glass. Crumple cornbread in a cup or glass. Add milk. Eat with a spoon.
In my youth, in the East End of London, they were called 'fingers'. Is this still used anywhere?