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CousCous Salad

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Carol"
To: phaedrus
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 2:01 PM
Subject: Houston's

Hi its me again,
Any chance of obtaining the recipe for the couscous from  Houston's
Restaurant?  It's a side Dish which is actually made from bulgar wheat.  
Thanks again,

Hello Carol,

Do you mean the couscous salad? If so, see below. That's all I could find.


Houston's cous cous salad

1 box plain cous cous-make according to package
parsley-chopped very fine
radishes-chopped very fine
carrots-chopped very fine
RAW peanuts-remove skin & chop very fine
raisins-chopped very fine
green onions(optional)chopped very fine

Add To Following Dressing 

1 individual serving size PLAIN yogurt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic-minced (can use garlic powder)
1 Tablespoon honey
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
Mix all & chill!  


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Patricia
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2004 1:46 PM
Subject: Puffed Fried Cake

> Can you find me a recipe for a Greek pastry called  (Loukoumathes) or
> Puffed Fried Cakes. Thank you Patricia  

Hello Patricia,

See below.




1 teaspoon Yeast
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 cup warm Water
2 Eggs
1 1/2 cups Flour
Oil (for deep frying)


Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Beat eggs. Add flour and eggs
alternately into  yeast mixture. Beat well, cover and let rise in warm place
for 2 hours.

Drop batter, a teaspoonful at a time, in hot oil, turning until brown on all
sides. Remove  from oil with slotted spoon and place on paper towels to
drain. Dip Loukoumathes in honey  and sprinkle with cinnamon and ground
walnuts. Yield: 4 dozen.
Honey Puffs -- Loukoumathes

1 package dry or 1 oz. fresh Yeast
2 cups warm Water
1 teaspoons Sugar
4 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Salt
or vegetable oil Olive Oil
and cinnamon Honey

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 1/2 cups
flour; beat batter until smooth, cover and leave in a warm place. When its
size is doubled, add remaining water, salt and enough flour to make a thick
batter. Cover again and allow to rise until it begins to bubble- about 1 1/2

Heat plenty of oil in a deep frying pan. When it begins to smoke. drop in
the dough in small spoonfuls, about 10 at a time. Fry over a moderately slow
heat until puffed and golden brown; take them out with a perforated spoon
and pour over honey. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve hot.

Yield: 50 Servings

1 Cup Milk; Lukewarm
1/4 Cup Butter;
Melted Honey; Warm
30 G Compressed Yeast; -=or=-  1 Pkg Active Dry Yeast
1 Tbl Caster Sugar
2 Cup Plain Flour
Ground Cinnamon
1 Egg; Beaten
1/2 Tsp Salt

Dissolve yeast in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm milk. Add remaining milk,
sugar, egg and lukewarm melted butter. Sift flour and salt into a warm bowl
and gradually stir in mixed liquids. Beat until smooth and continue beating
for 1 minute. Cover with folded cloth and leave in a warm place for 1-1/2
hours until batter doubles in bulk with bubbles on the surface. Stir well
then drop teaspoonfuls into deep, hot oil (190C or 375F) - do 4 to 5 at a
time. Turn puffs to brown evenly and remove with a slotted spoon (each puff
takes about a minute to cook.) Drain on absorbent paper and pile on to a
plate. Drizzle each layer with warm honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve

Child's Poetry Book

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Judy"
To: phaedrus
Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2004 4:30 PM
Subject: Title of child's poetry book

> Hello again Phaedrus, I have tried for years to find a copy of this
> book.  It has been on my family for a million years..well ok, maybe not
> a million, but well over 50 years..  My mother told me my father had  it
> rebound  because it fell apart.. now it starts on page 19 with "If I Were
> a One-Legged Pirate"  by Mildred Plew Meigs. I loved this book as a
> child and would love to find another to read to my Grandsons.  It is a
> collection of various poems with everything from Psalms to Ffrida Wolfe
> to Christopher Morley. Since the front pages are missing I can't find
> any title names, and the pages are so brittle I don't want to use it too
> much. The back has an index and acknowledgements if that would help any.
> I would be eternally gratefull if you could point me in the right
> direction on finding this family treasure.   thanks for the time you
> invest in this site.  Judy

Hi Judy,

I believe that this may be the book:

The Big Golden Book of Poetry
edited by Jane Werner
illustrated by Gertrude Elliott
NY: Golden Press, 1947, 1949

Contents:  The Animal Store, Baby Goes to Boston, The Bear Hunt, The Best
Game the Fairies Play, Billy Goats Chew, Boredom, A Bug, The Camel's
Complaint, The Chickens, Choosing Shoes, Color, The Cow, The Cupboard,
Daises, Differences, The Duel, The Elf and the Dormouse, Extremes, Firefly,
The First Day of Christmas, For Christmas, The Frog, From a Railway
Carriage, General Store, A Goblinade, Grasshopper Green, Growing Up,
Gypsies, The Ice Man, If I Were a One-Legged Pirate, I'm Glad, Jill Came
From the Fair, Jonathan Bing Dances For Spring, The Land of Counterpane, The
Little Bird, The Little Elf, The Little Land, Little Orphant Annie, Little
Brown Redbreast, The Little Shepardess to Her Lambs, The Little Turtle,
Little Wind, Mice, Miss T., Mr. Nobody, Mr. Rabbit, Moon Song, Mouse, My
Shadow, The Naughty Boy, Otherwise, Over the Hills and Far Away, The Owl and
the Pussy-Cat, The People, The Picnic, Radiator Lions, The Raggedy Man, The
Road to Raffydiddle, Sally and Manda, The Sea Shell, The Secret,
Self-Control, Serious Omission, Some One, Spring Signs, The Sugar-Plum Tree,
The Swing, The Tale of Custard the Dragon, Taxis, Tea Party, There Was Once
a Puffin, Three Jovial Huntsmen, Travel, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Very
Nearly, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Water Noises, What the Toys are
Thinking, What the Winds Bring, Where Go the Boats, Who Has Seen the Wind?,
Who Likes the Rain?, The Woodpecker, Wynken Blynken and Nod

I found a couple of copies for sale on the Internet. See:



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Judy" 
To: "Phaedrus"
Sent: Saturday, June 19, 2004 9:37 PM
Subject: Re: Title of child's poetry book

> thank you so much for your efforts with helping me find this book..I
> don't think the Big Golden Book of Poetry is the one.  I forgot to
> mention that this book has what appear to be woodcut prints as
> illustrations.. at least that's what I believe they are, they're small,
> in black and kind of look like silhouettes.  Also, the index of titles
> in the back, lists  Abraham Lincoln, America For Me, America the
> Beautiful, Animal Crackers as the first few listings.  I hope this
> helps.  judy

Hi Judy,

Sorry, then I am coming up empty-handed. I cannot locate a book with "If I were a One-Legged Pirate" and those poems as well.
If it was a limited release book that has not been re-released, then it's unlikely for me to be able to find it by the names of the poems in it. The title and editor or publisher would be necessary.


Try-Me Soda

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Cindy
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2004 1:01 AM
Subject: (no subject)

> hello I was wondering if you had any info on the Try-Me Cola ? I have a
> bottle that was patented in april 24 , 1924 In Evansville,Indiana..I can
> find nothing about this company  please do you know>?
> thanks ,Cindy

Hello Cindy,

I found a little information. The Try-Me Bottling Company had bottling plants from Maryland to Florida to Alabama in the 1920s and 1930s. They bottled several sodas that were popular during that time, including one called "Dixie Cola" that was bottled in Alabama. They appear to have been involved in a major court case in Alabama regarding lotteries in 1952.

See these sites for bottles:


Apples and Pigs

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lucie" 
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2004 9:53 AM
Subject: Apple

Dear Sir,

   One of my students asked me why they put a apple in a pigs mouth when
they roast it. First of all I was surprised a kindergarten child would ask
me this question, but I always try and answer them. Could you please help
me, by explaining to me why a apple is placed in a pigs mouth when you roast
it? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Hi Lucie,

Well, this question has been researched before, notably by Dave Feldman in his book "How Does Aspirin Find a Headache?" Even a venerable researcher like Dave was not able to find a definitive answer. The apple seems to be for decoration only. Perhaps at one time it was representative of wealth or opulence. Along with the apple in the mouth, cherries have sometimes been placed in the pig's eye-sockets.

It should be noted that the apple is inserted after the pig is cooked. If it were inserted before cooking, then by the time the pig was done, the apple would have long since turned to mush and dribbled away.



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