The melon cannot be eaten unprocessed but when cooked in sugar water it is candied and used in cakes, puddings, mincemeat, green custard; it's pectin will help other fruit jellies; a substitute for applesauce or pie/tarts filling; or pickled like watermelon rind.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Monday, October 9, 2017
A little dog - the turnspit dog - ran inside the wheel high on the wall which turned the spit in front of the fire. The turn-spit was mentioned in a 1601 inventory (dog-wheell). Several early quotes from 17th through 19th century writings.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Monday, September 25, 2017
Schnitz are slices of apples placed on drying racks then put in a slack brick bake oven. People could gather for 'apple cuts' parties, or in a building such as the Schnitz House. The dried apples were stored in rye baskets in the Lancaster, Pa. area and prepared in pies or Schnitz un Knepp.
Monday, September 18, 2017
The Seckel pear, the "finest pear," had a celebrated ‘original tree’ on Seckel’s farm, later part of the Stephen Girard estate, south of Philly. The tree was said to have been found in the 1760s, survived for decades and was even pictured in magazines.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Nature’s Own Book 1835 (27 recipes in 9 of the 84 pages) and her 1848 A Treatise on Vegetable Diet (60 recipes in 10 of the pages).
Monday, September 4, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
Mary Randolph's Virginia Housewife, first published in 1824, included many ice cream recipes - peach, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cocoa nut, iced jelly, strawberry, raspberries, lemonade iced, citron melon, almond and... oyster.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Standing in water for hours pushing their nets ahead of them in the sand, the picturesque Shrimpers captured the shrimp and/or prawns. When prepared, the shrimp formed "a delightful show, their brilliant red coats being garnished with green parsley." From Pyne's 1827 book.
Monday, August 7, 2017
In a previous post - 7 years ago, (when this post was written, oops) - HERE, I discussed 19th century 'summer kitchens'. In the 18th century they were called 'out kitchens', or just 'kitchens'. The reason for the detached kitchens? - to keep homes "...more cool and Sweet" and "...because the Smell of hot Victuals, offensive in the hot Weather."
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Two poems in a children's book from 1880. In the first poem, the little girl is "plucking the raisins so rich" from her [Queen Cakes?] "cake that is flavoured with spice." In the second poem - the children asked “If you please, Mrs. Grumpy, we’d like lemonade, and sweet sugar candy with almonds inlaid.”
Monday, July 17, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
Monday, July 3, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
Richard Bradley's 1727 cookbook had several fake/mock crabs using liver or chicken & potatoes, anchovy liquor, lemon and placed in cleaned crab shells. In the 1870s cheese became a primary ingredient for mock crabs.
Monday, June 12, 2017
"Wading half an inch deeper than the tops of your boots, and finding afterwards that you must carry about with you four or five quarts [of water] in each, or must sit down on the wet grass whilst your attendant pulls them off, in order that you may empty them, and try to pull them on again."