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Sep 1, 2009 08:15 AM

Food Idioms

clotilde's zucchini and chocolate food blog covers translations of french food idioms. now, i'm interested in compiling a list of english ones. If you have any idea how it originated, that would be awesome, too.

My list -

cool as a cucumber
the whole enchilada
apple of my eye
cream of the crop

Ready, go!

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    1. re: Gio

      Flat as a pancake
      A spoonful of honey makes the medicine go down

      1. re: Gio


        jfood thinks its a spoonful of "sugar", must be the honey bee lobby is alive in your home town. :-))

        1. re: jfood

          Thanks Jf. You're correct, of course.
          Yesterday was topsy turvy day for me.....(p_q)

          1. re: Gio

            You should watch your P's and Q's.

            1. re: Paulustrious

              This idiom comes from the old days of manual typesetting. The lower case "p" and "q" were right next to each other in the California job case.
              They were mirrored and easy to confuse.

            2. re: Gio

              you realize your avatar is the cartoon version of the (p_q)

              1. re: jfood

                Sheesh guys..... Ganging up on me?
                I smell something fishy.

      2. The proof is in the pudding
        To have your cake and eat it
        There's plenty of fish in the sea
        Wake up and smell the coffee
        Out of the frying pan and into the fire
        Like butter wouldn't melt

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        1. re: Paula76

          I think it's "the proof of the pudding is in the eating"

        2. I have more that are more eating/cooking related.

          To eat one's heart out.
          Everything bu the kitchen sink.
          Eating out of one's hands.
          With a grain of salt.
          to Leave a bad taste in one's mouth.

          1. It seems we are mixing metaphors and similes with idioms.
            Sam liked my simile when I said I was smiling like a jackass eating cactus. That was a couple years ago, and you can imagine his nickname for me almost to this day.
            As for a true idiom, and I think this one has crossed the Rio Grande into the American lexicon, how did a salsa comprising diced tomato, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, with lime juice, come to be named "pico de gallo"? Beak of the chicken.

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            1. re: Veggo

              You're absolutely correct. I didn't look before I leaped and went off half-cocked. It should have been a piece of cake....but, I'm not going to cry over split milk.

              1. re: Gio

                Why buy a cow when milk is so cheap?

                1. re: sumdumgoy

                  Well....sumdumgoy, You are what you eat.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Apples and oranges
                      Bread winner
                      All your eggs in one basket

                  1. re: sumdumgoy

                    Why buy a whole pig when all I want is a little sausage! LOL!

                    1. re: spazita

                      Sometimes you don't want to go whole hog.

                2. Bad egg
                  Bear fruit
                  Curry favor
                  Egg on your face
                  From soup to nuts
                  Salad days
                  Bring home the bacon
                  Salt of the earth
                  Tall drink of water
                  How do you like them apples?
                  In a nutshell
                  Sow your wild oats

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                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I think curry favor is not a term that began with food but, rather, from the equestrian world. There is a brush used when finishing grooming a horse called a curry brush (and that the horses love). Hence, to curry favor would be to brush someone the right way.

                    1. re: weezycom

                      Hadn't thought of that, but it makes sense! Currycombs were well used by my sister when she was young and leased a horse for show riding.

                      1. re: weezycom

                        And if they weren't making things up in music history classes, I recall: the particular equus in question is Fauvel, as in Roman de Fauvel...a 14th century allegorical poem about a horse or donkey who becomes his master's master. Many people from all walks of life curry him, and voila-to curry Fauvel (favor) came into being. It was a poem that was set by de Vitry that is typifies the Ars Nova style. This is a horse of a different color...I'll not flog it since it ain't dead, but I gotta go because I could really eat a horse right now. Cheers!