Scrumptious Housekeeping

By Alison November 21, 2007 10 Comments 0 Min Read


  1. OohLaLaura says:

    Darn it! I have to admit you Brits confuse me sometimes….
    what the heck are CONKERS?
    …and are jumpers grown-up style rompers,'onesies', like full bodied pajamas???? And what woman in her right mind would wear them?
    …and are cakes and biscuits different than ours? ….'cause from the descriptions, I'm guessing they are. When I think 'cake', I'm thinking a three-layered thing with frosting in between like a wedding cake tower. And biscuits, to ME anyway, are buttermilk, flour, butter, salt, and baking soda…the sort of thing you eat with chili. Or with a plate of scrambled eggs.
    …speaking of eggs, what are chuckie egg budgies and toast soldiers? I wanna eat them, I just don't understand.
    By the way, conkers sound lovely, whatever they are. I'm imagining they reek of lavender. Do they?
    Pardon my US confusion,
    I'm from Texas on top of all that, and we're notoriously uncouth.
    But my soul aches for British tea time and towels, if only I could figure them out.
    I'll learn!

  2. lp says:

    Wow Laura! Us Texans are alike. I am with ya on it all. I stay intrigued with this curious stuff.

  3. OohLaLaura says:

    Oh, LP—thank GOODNESS!
    I'm relieved I'm not the only one….but I think I have it figured out.
    Conkers might be KITTENS! We just scatter them in open drawers, spritz them with essential oils, and let them scent our holiday things. Yeah???
    Oh, dear….I may be doomed to the worst Christmas EVER.

  4. Scarlett says:

    Conkers are what US'ers call chestnuts aka buckeyes. They are a hard nut. Right??
    I had only been told you used them as a game in Britain, never paid attention to any oder.

  5. Mandy Muse says:

    In America, a biscuit is a cookie, a fairy cake is a cupcake, and a cake is a muffin. Muffins are "English muffins". And I think a cake is also a wedding-y thing, though usually you have a fruitcake at a wedding…

  6. Alison says:

    Oh this has made me giggle… Right lets get this sorted, a conker is the nut inside the spiky horse chestnut case traditionally pierced with string and used in a game by little boys.
    Jumpers are sweaters, usually woolly. Definitely not over sized babygrows, lol!
    Cakes are to me spongy things. Sometimes fairycakes (cupcakes) sometimes fully blown three storey high wedding cakes… but different to biscuits which I think of as something sweet to dip in my tea, sometimes crumbly, sometimes crispy, best covered in chocolate… as opposed to crackers which are the savoury version of biscuits, often served with cheese…
    A Chuckie Egg Butty is to me semi- hardboiled egg mashed with mayonnaise in a sandwhich. Toast soldiers are simply pieces of toasted bread sliced into rectangles slim enough to dip into a boiled egg…
    And finally the English muffin is an entirely different kettle of fish to the american muffin… more of a flat round bread bun thing… and absolutely not a cake.
    Heck I do hope this clears things up…x

  7. Ali says:

    Neat idea. Does anyone actually use mothballs any more?

  8. Gill says:

    Alison, do the conkers actually have any effect against moths, or are they scented with oils or something extra? I know all about cookies and biscuits, cupcakes and muffins, jumpers and pinafores, bonnets and hoods. I even know the rules for conkers…but I never heard of them being used as mothballs before! Always learning…Gill 🙂

  9. Alison says:

    Hi Gill, apparently the conkers all by themselves are enough to deter moths for making their winter home in your woolies..

  10. Sharon S says:

    Chestnuts and buckeyes are not exactly the same. I don't think buckeyes are edible. They're hard odd-shaped nuts.
    Here is a link to Wikipedia (?) I found about them:

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