FW: Smother invert

Seán Fitzpatrick grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Sun Mar 18 08:37:06 UTC 2007

<<A staple that is SMOTHERED OVER everything from fish and chips to the
traditional English breakfast . . .>> http://tinyurl.com/3e5ag8 

This is from an AP story and refers to Britain’s HP sauce.  Google finds
more than 300 hits for “smother over”, like this one from a travelogue:
“The depths of the lake contain a nutrient rich clay that is wonderful to
SMOTHER OVER your body before washing it off in the sun heated waters”.


Has this been discussed?  I suppose it is derived from menu descriptions of
meat “with smothered onions”.  To the diner, it is obvious that the onions
are smothering the meat, but the cook knows that the onions were smothered
by being sautéed on low heat *with the lid on* or baked in a roasting pan
*under* the meat.

Seán Fitzpatrick
Some mornings just aren't worth chewing
through the leather restraints.


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