So Richard, your snake recipes have drawn a blank in Oz.
Have no fear-Snudge is here and I am drinking with my Chinese- well half Chinese mate who is a superb cook- both English and Chinese. Owned the first Chinese restaurant in Newcastle- the proper one and is a semi retired food manufacturer. Being a widower, he makes and his wife d delivers my Sunday lunch.
When I was in HK, they used to remove the livers from live snakes. So between glasses tonight, I'll try to raise the subject.
So - inquisitive one- there are two schools of thoughts about snake oil. One is the traditional belief that it is a load of rubbish but the other is that extracting oil from their livers gives a superb lubricant for fine watches and fine instruments.
Of course you missed the Whiteadder and Blackadder - twists. Despite 'Cousin'( Well people say Rowan and I are related) there are two rivers at the border of Scotland and England- a small village.
Unfortunately, the American authorities are a bit fussy and nearly arrested my wife in JFK for bringing in apples but fear not, these little dogs have no sense of smell really because they entirely missed a supply of best Marks and Spenders Cornish Pasties.
No I'm on topic. Cornish pasties were the Cornish method of carrying the workmen's lunches in the tin mines pumped by non other than Trevethic engines. As for 'Edmund Blackadder' or his actual personage he qualified from a graduand to a graduate at Newcastle University-- in electrics before doimg a Master's at Oxford.
Edmund in Edmund Blackadder comes from the nearest little village to the family farm and the adders bit comes from the ones around the 'Prnnine' hll farm. What is odder still is that his next door neighbour is/or was a member of this forum.
So much for being 'ignorant'
Incidentally, this is entirely my research-- and is therefore COPYRIGHT inn English Law.