Monday, May 28, 2007

A Raisin in the Soap

I just finished a fabulous bathing experience with Lush's Sultana of Soap. Packed with raisins and nuts, once the creamy lather is gone, you can drop the rest into a basic batter for a nutritious breakfast muffin. This bath treat was a gift from Former Honey for taking care of her cat Reh-eh while she was out of town for a few days.

I had a vague idea that sultanas and raisins were not the same thing, or maybe they were different names for the same thing, like how a trunk is a boot in England. I knew currants were definitely different-- currants are tiny drops of chewy sweetness in a cream scone but raisins are big and bug-like and do not belong in a baked good. However, they are pretty good in Indian dishes and in spinach cooked with garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts. You can read this response but in a nutshell, I think raisin generally refers to the Thompson raisin, the dark kind in the red Sun-Maid box that babies poop out whole.

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