The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
This saying is used as advice to young brides. Nowadays many husbands share the cooking, but being able to put appetising meals on the table is still an accomplishment which will help a marriage.
Milking it is a phrase meaning making the most of a situation for ones own advantage.
Salad days are the days of one’s youth.
Lotus-eaters are idle people.
A ginger beer plant is similar to a friendship cake. It is liquid in a vessel and contains yeast presumably making it alcoholic. Some is taken off to make drinks and the rest goes on growing (like a plant).
Cut as easily as butter which has not been refrigerated.
Like a warm knife through butter which has been kept cool.
Save your breath to cool your porridge is a time-honoured way of telling someone that talking won’t alter a situation.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Most people want something back.
The more you eat the better we’ll like you. This was said to me and my husband by a friend of the family. It is an interesting alternative to “Tuck in!”
Bread and cakes containing yeast have different names depending on local custom. In the part of Lancashire I used to visit as a child a bread roll of a certain size and shape was called a teacake. The sweeter recipe with dried fruit in it was a currant teacake. Only a few miles away in Manchester, UK the names are different. If you do not want currants, be sure to ask for a barm cake; tea cakes there contain currants. In other parts of the country baps may be plain bread rolls.
Muffins also cause confusion. Nowadays a large cupcake seems to be expected when a muffin is mentioned. I am under the impression that the Muffin man in the nursery rhyme was peddling something more like crumpets.
Unleavened bread is bread made quickly without having to wait for yeast to make it rise. This sort of bread is associated with the Passover. Exodus 12