Which Old Witch?

“A pinch and a punch for the first of the month, no returns”. Perhaps only Anglo-Saxons would have heard this quaint saying.

Apparently it originated in old England when people thought that witches existed. Well, they do, of course, but that’s the topic for another blog, another day.

Anyway, people thought that salt would make a witch weak, so the ‘pinch’ part of the saying refers to pinching of the salt, and the ‘punch’ part was to banish the witch. The witch would be weak from the salt so the punch was to banish her. Then – no more witch.


The ‘no returns’ part is a disclaimer to avoid getting pinched and punched back when you start pummeling all your friends. So here’s to a witch-free month, ok.

But I digress from the original plan for today’s posting. See those interesting items below? They’re nothing to do with witches, but rather they are part of an ongoing cyber discussion spawned from an old essay of mine published on my website.

Left-to-right, there’s: slivered raw almonds, rock sugar, cassia leaf (Indian ‘bay leaf’) green cardamom pods, golden raisins, pure edible camphor crystals, milk, and rice.

Ancient Dessert Ingredients:

How did all this come up?

I embarked on that most contemporary of self-indulgent acts this morning: I googled ‘Kurma Dasa’, and found 63,700 links to choose from.

After a bit of a cyber-stroll, up popped this very interesting website.
Posted by Kurma on 1/5/08; 3:26:59 AM

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