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foolscap

A size of paper, about 330 x 200 (or 400) mm. It is said to be named from a former watermark representing a fool's cap.

paper-bag cookery

paper-bag cookery   Reference library

Tom Jaine

The Oxford Companion to Food (3 ed.)

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2014

...dishes, stews and vegetables, even soufflés—had no other container than the paper. It was a development of the French method of cooking en papillote , favoured particularly for fish such as red mullet, veal chops (perhaps the classic), and small birds. These would be wrapped in foolscap paper first brushed with fat. Usually meat had been first browned, though fish would not be, and the point of the wrapping was to steam the main item with aromatics and vegetables without loss of the juices. Paper bag cookery was more ambitious. Meat did not need preliminary...

If the CAP fits, wear it

If the CAP fits, wear it (1600)   Quick reference

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6 ed.)

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...wear it Used with reference to the suitability of names or descriptions as demonstrated by the behaviour of the person concerned. Cf. if the shoe fits, wear it . The cap in question was originally a dunce’s cap, as is shown by the following: 1600 n. breton Pasquil’s Fools‐Cap A3 Where you finde a head fit for this Cappe, either bestowe it vpon him in charity, or send him where he may haue them for his money. □ 1732 t. fuller Gnomologia no. 2670 If any Fool finds the Cap fit him, let him wear it. 1750 richardson Clarissa (ed. 3) VII. ii....

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