Welcome November! This is actually the second November menu today. Why another menu? Because the first was from the 20th century and this one is from the 18th century – and that’s just cool.
Let’s interpret the options.
- Chine of Pork. Fantastic spelling.
- Beef Collops is beef stew. Actually Scottish beef stew. But we’d recognize it. Slow roasted beef, onions, and seasoning.
- Ox Palates are the roofs of cows’ mouths. Hmm…
- Harrico, or haricot, are green beans.
This menu comes for 1792, 225 years ago. What else was happening in 1792?
Glad you asked…
The French Revolution – that’s right. In September of 1792, the French monarchy was abolished. Louis was sitting in jail waiting for his trial, probably eating A dish of Fish. But probably not eating Ragou’d Lobsters.
The first Farmers Almanac was published in November 1792. Huh. I had no idea.
In the U.S., George Washington was President and the national postal service was created. Note: I was going to put a picture of the first postage stamp in this post, but it didn’t come around until 1847 – 55 years after the inauguration of the postal service.
That’s government bureaucracy for you. Some things never change.
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