Hi Gary, and List,
>>> Am maith os mé úr.
>>> Am maith os mé crín.
>>> Am maith os mé tanae.
>>> Am maith os mé tiug.
>>> Am maith dano os mé
>>> crúaidithir cloich,
>>> matu maithi do déta.
Indeed. :-) In the tale "Tochmarc Ailbe" (ZCP vol. 13, and online
at CELT) Finn asks:
"Cid us dech do biud?" (What is the best of food?)
"Blicht," ol in ingen, ".i. maith a ur, maith a crin, maith a tiug,
mait a tana...." ("Milk," said the girl, "for it is good fresh,
good old, good thick, good thin...")
> new, fresh
fresh milk = "lemlacht"
> old, clabbered
or else "croth" = cream, esp. sour cream
"ass técht" = bainne clabair
(= bonnyclabber, milk thickened with rennet)
> thin, skim
"ass cen chroith" = skim milk
"englas" = milk mixed with water
"medc" = whey
"medcuisce" = whey mixed with water (for penitents!)
> thick, cream, butter
and also "gruth" = curds
> hard as a rock, old dry cheese
It was a "tanach", a hard cheese, that was hurled from a sling
and killed Medb in "Aided Meidbe".