Although I haven't read the Australian children's book "The Magic Pudding", I'm familiar with the phrase "cut and come again" being used in it.

Is the phrase understood outside of Australia?

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    I have never heard the expression and can't even guess what it means. Could you explain it further and give a link to an example? Thanks. Aug 1 '15 at 9:58

Yes, the phrase, 'cut-and-come-again' is definitely used in the UK, usually to refer to types of vegetable or yummy chocolate cakes.

Here are some definitions:

  1. a garden plant, especially a green vegetable or a flower, that can be repeatedly cut or harvested

'cut-and-come-again spinach'

Source: ODO

  1. abundant supply, from the notion of cutting a slice, and returning at will for another

'It was cut, roast, and come again, for the next hour and a half.'

Source: Fine Dictionary

Examples of usage from the UK:

Royal Horticultural Society: cut and come again salads

Nigella Lawson: recipe for chocolate fruit cake

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    Ah - a word used by foodies. That explains why I haven't heard it. Aug 1 '15 at 10:57
  • Hi @chaslyfromUK yes, that would certainly explain it! Aug 1 '15 at 11:02

Obviously it means to encourage growth in plants by pruning.

  • But in terms of cakes and puddings, which don't usually continue to grow, it means 'moreish' I suspect. Aug 2 '15 at 13:14
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    Or maybe Nigella Lawson has miraculously contrived a yeasty cake that grows its cut off slices back on again? Jesus could do it, so perhaps she too, Aug 2 '15 at 14:12
  • Well there are 'Jesus cakes' it seems - google.co.uk/… Aug 2 '15 at 23:18

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