A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 13, 2009
“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea”

"Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea” is frequently cited, but never credited to any author. Something like the phrase is cited in 1903; the exact phrase is cited on the internet from 1995. The saying appears to have been printed on drinking cups by Celestial Seasonings (a brand of tea).


Tea Quotes and Sayings
Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.—Author Unknown

Backwoods Home Magazine
How to use those leftovers
By Marjorie Burris
(...)
I like the saying Celestial Seasonings has printed on one of its cups: “Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.” This saying can be applied to life situations as well as food; I take it as a challenge for either living or cooking.

13 May 1903, Oakland (CA) Tribune, pg. 6, col. 4:
LOVE ON TOAST.
“While I’ve no gold,” he whispered,
“Love’s riches shall be thine.
Though we, in a modest cottage,
On bread and water dine.”

“With love’s warm flame to serve us,
At slight expense,” said she,
“We can make of bread and water
Sweet feasts of toast and tea.”
-- The Tattler in Town Topics.

Google Groups: rec.food.chocolate
Newsgroups: rec.food.chocolate
From: (Joe)
Date: 1995/08/17
Subject: Re: Egg Creams

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.

Google Groups: ny.forsale
Wanted: Used Kitchenaid
Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.
8/21/95
Pretty much what the header says.  I’m looking for a used but working Kitchenaid mixer, preferably with the dough hook. Price negotiable, I’ve seen them recently for as low as $199 new. Capital District (Albany/Troy/Rens.) area preferred but not a requirement.

Thanks in advance,
Sarah G.

Google Groups: rec.food.veg.cooking
Help! Ideas for vegan sandwiches needed!
Teri
9/8/95
Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.

Google Books
Clinical and Professional Reasoning in Occupational Therapy
By Barbara A. Boyt Schell
Published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
2007
Pg. 144:
But it is the motto on the cup that I love. It reads, “Bread and water can so easily be tea and toast.”

Mama Dini’s Stamperia
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea...
I love that quote! And you know I love tea.

Google Books
Exploring Idioms:
A Citical-thinking Resource for Grades 4-8

By Valeri R. Helterbran
Published by Maupin House Publishing
2008
Pg. 26:
Chewing the Fat: Consider this saying (unknown origin): “Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.” What does this statement mean? 

Posted by Barry Popik
Monday, April 13, 2009 • Permalink


Actually, I am the author of the quote that appeared on the Sleepytime tea mug in the mid-1990s—“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.” I worked for Celestial Seasonings in the early ‘80s and did a lot of freelance work for them in the ‘90s. One of my projects was called the “authorless quote” project in which writers submitted quotes for consideration to be used on one of four mugs. Mine was chosen for the Sleepytime mug. It was later reprinted in Jennnifer and Mo Siegel’s “Cooking with Tea” cookbook. In that 1996 publication, I was given credit for the quote (p. 18).

I loved reading the 1903 “Love on Toast” piece from the Oakland Tribune for the first time just now. Sweet!

It makes me happy that so many people get inspiration from my quote and it really isn’t a big deal to me that most people don’t know I wrote it. I’m just glad to have made this small contribution to the world of positive thoughts.
Maela

Posted by Maela  on  06/19  at  08:29 PM

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