Everybody in the North of England must have had pobs at some time or another.
It’s bits of bread, soaked in hot milk with sugar sprinkled on top.
Old chum Gavin Castle says: “I was having tea at my mum’s the other night - a very healthy stew and Yorkshire puds followed by bread and butter pudding.
“My my mum asked me if I remembered having pobs. But she couldn’t think where the name comes from. Any ideas?”
According to the online Wiktionary, pobs is a Northern England speciality that wasused as a comfort food for children during illness.
It is also an acronym for Pirates of the Burning Sea (an online game), Preservation of Bandwidth Society, Perception of Birth Scale, Psychological Operations Broadcast System and Prioritized Optical Burst.
The word is actually ancient because pobs was eaten in medieval times.
The poorest bread was peasebread, made from a mixture of pea or bean flour and ordinary flour.
It went stale very quickly and the only way to eat it was by soaking it in hot milk or ale.
For poor people, this might have been their only real meal of the day.
So pobs is possibly a shortened form of peasebread.
Does anybody have any other ideas?