In The Hobbit, Gandalf is described as eating loaves with clotted cream, butter, and honey. I'm familiar with clotted cream, but I always eat it with jam - clotted cream PLUS butter seems excessive. Do people frequently eat these things together?

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    I'm sure that someone does. I don't know that it's standard.
    – Catija
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 4:03
  • @Catija - that's more the question.
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 4:24
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    I am inclined to close this, as there is no standard in eating food. Or does someone see a way to provide an objective answer to this question?
    – rumtscho
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 14:12
  • @rumtscho Please do! I so agree with you - too broad and opinion based. What can we say beyond "some do, some don't". Many of us have their personal, regional or cultural quirks with regard to food....
    – Stephie
    Commented Jun 6, 2015 at 20:07
  • It's hard to butter while you're eating clotted cream. 😐
    – verbose
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 12:51

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It's really a matter of preference. Some people like the salty dimension that butter gives along with clotted cream and jam, others think the cream is enough saturated fat to be going on with.


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