Pease pottage as the truest kind of porridge
SIR – Those in search of another ingredient to add to the stew of porridge history (Letters, December 6), may like to know that each unfortunate occupant of the Leper Hospital of St Julian, founded in the 12th century outside St Albans, was granted by statute a “bushel of peas for pottage” (bussellum pisorum pro potagio).
Are mushy peas, then, our nation’s truest porridge? Dr David Butterfield
Queens’ College, Cambridge SIR – Porridge was referred to in the plural (Letters, December 5) here in Cumberland too.
In Betty Wilson’s Cumerland Teals, a collection of stories in local dialect from the 1870s, the author’s brother is advised by a local to “keep stiddy” (ie, don’t drink much), as “thoo’ll takmair poddish i’ t’ mwornin’, an’ relish them better”.
As I don’t eat poddish, I feel exempted from such advice. Colin Marshall