from Jieshi by Cao Cao (155-220)
SNAP-DRAGON. A domestic amusement among young folks in winter. Raisins are put into a large dish with brandy, which is set fire to. The party stand round the table, and boldly snap out and eat the blazing plums. This must be done quickly and boldly, leaving it optional whether you burn your fingers or your mouth. A little salt flung into the weak ened flame heightens the sport, by giving a very cadaverous aspect to the countenance; and has farther the good effect of averting any risk of the liquor being drunk.
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foto – dorrigo ranges in mist from waterfall way at bellingen