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Who is right, me or DH? Crucial butter question!

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JaneS · 23/04/2011 11:29

I am about to make hot cross buns and DH is going out to get some ingredients. We need butter, but are currently (no, I'm not going there ...) arguing terminology.

I say it's a 'pat of butter'; DH says the correct term for a block of butter is a 'brick'. WTF?

Please reassure me that butter comes in pats, not 'bricks'?! Hmm

Hope you're feeling the importance of this one, btw ...

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GypsyMoth · 23/04/2011 11:30

er,isnt a 'pat' a different shape....sort of round and flat??

i'd say its a block....just to confuse the pair of you


purepurple · 23/04/2011 11:30

I have never heard of a brick of butter. It's a pat of butter.


JaneS · 23/04/2011 11:31

Ahh, adding an element of complexity, tiffany, I like it!


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kisschase · 23/04/2011 11:32

Def a pat of butter & not bricks!


atswimtwolengths · 23/04/2011 11:33

Divorce him!


caramelwaffle · 23/04/2011 11:33

A block of butter - you nutters Grin

A pat of butter is a small quantity i.e. the small, individually wrapped, one portion size

So says me. Queen of Correct answers.

Now go and kiss and make up.


DemonChild · 23/04/2011 11:34

I would call it a stick of butter.


dreamingofromance · 23/04/2011 11:34

A pat of butter to me is a very small portion, like the ones you get in pub restaurants. A stick is the big one.


GitAwfMayLend · 23/04/2011 11:34

lol at brick of butter. Tell your DH he is brick thick wrong.

I call it a pack of butter. I called it a pat of butter once to dd and she looked Hmm at me, burst out laughing and said I sounded like an older washer woman from a Victorian costume drama.


GypsyMoth · 23/04/2011 11:38

america have sticks of butter

in poland they have butter in the shape of a lamb on the table at easterShock

just had a quick look on wiki...


TidyDancer · 23/04/2011 11:39

It's a block of butter in this house, but if I had to call it between you and DH, I'm afraid I'd have to side with DH! [busmile]


JaneS · 23/04/2011 11:40


Well, we're not American, so no sticks here! (Though it does sound convenient).

I guess I would call the little individual ones pats too.

I am glad it is definitely not a brick, though!

Loving the fact aabout Poland ... what do they do with it? Do they eat it all?

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JaneS · 23/04/2011 11:42

Btw, GetOrf, if that's you it is an extremely disturbing namechange ... are you trying to be one of them upper-class farmers now?

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GitAwfMayLend · 23/04/2011 11:45

It's my royal wedding name change. Yes one has to say it in RP accent in manner of Nancy Mitford/Downton Abbey wanker.

I started a thread yesterday about royal wedding namechanges and it died a death


JaneS · 23/04/2011 11:49

Sorry about that. I'm bitter about the fact I'm working (erm ... and MNing) all through Easter, handing in a chapter on Easter Monday and then working again on the royal wedding day. If there are bank holidays they're dead to me, so I shall be a killjoy.

I could quite (quayte?) enjoy saying your name like that though - I'm getting a Kate Middleton with shotgun vibe, which does take decades off the mental image.

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Sacharissa · 23/04/2011 11:49


Pat is those wee individual ones.


TrillianAstra · 23/04/2011 11:49

A pat of butter is a small bit, it might be wrapped in foil in a canteen or in a posh swirly thing on a plate at a wedding. About 5g.

When you go to the shops you buy a block of butter, about 250g. Not a brick.


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JaneS · 23/04/2011 11:51

But, back in the olden days, didn't all butter come in 'pats', and we just use the term only for the little ones now?

I'd be happy with block or pack tba, but brick is wierd and I shall tell him the hive mind said so!

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EllenJane1 · 23/04/2011 11:52

If I put a bit of butter in the pan it's definitely a KNOB! So there!


onceamai · 23/04/2011 11:52

It's a pack of butter. A pat comes fresh from the churn down on the dairy farm.


JaneS · 23/04/2011 11:55

Thanks Ellen, I shall yell knob at him and marital harmony will be restored.

oncemai - maybe I am a farm-fresh lass who wanders around with milking pails down GerOrf's farm, did you think of that? (No, actually, that makes sense, what you said).

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TrillianAstra · 23/04/2011 11:57

Yelling knob definitely makes for more marital harmony!


JaneS · 23/04/2011 12:00


We should start writing marriage tips a la Mumsnet, it'd be a runaway bestseller.

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