“Wife, into the garden, and set me a plot With strawberry roots, the best to be got; Such growing abroad, among thorns in the wood, Well chosen and picked, prove excellent food.” ~Old Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry Storing Strawberries. Strawberry season is nearing its merry end. And while technically we do get... Continue Reading →
Watermelons Green Buddhas On the fruit stand. we eat the smile And spit out the teeth. ~Charles Simic, 1938 May your last days of summer be filled with watermelons! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Lemonade ~1911 Cabinet Pudding Recipe ~1886 Onion Sauce ~1855
CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture, are local small farms, or co-ops that focus on growing organic produce and making it available to their communities.
To Make Cyder. Apple cider is relatively simple to make. This recipe from 1744 is actually spot-on in terms of process. I started the batch above this past week (had to make room for the turkey!) and you'll note my bag is similar to the 'fine hair bag' mentioned. Also note the use of brimstone... Continue Reading →
Apple Tansey Recipe. This apple recipe is new for me. The interwebs has a surprising amount of information about the history of Apple Tansey, and informs us that the recipe was popular among colonists. Those recipes seem to call for flour, which is conspicuously absent from this present version. I would think that adding the flour... Continue Reading →
Apple Custard Recipe 1881 Simple apple custard recipe. Naturally gluten free. I love that it uses the egg custard base - which is the basically the same recipe for cream custard and bread pudding. Ingredients 6 tart apples A little water for stewing Sprinkled white sugar 8 eggs (I would probably do 4-5 large eggs)... Continue Reading →
6 Apple Recipes from the 1870s. Gearing up for apple season. The Girl and The Boy still enjoy going out to the orchards and doing u-pick apples. Something infinitely gratifying about harvesting your own food. Pulled out the dehydrator and making space in the freezer. Located the apple peeler/corer/slicer - ingenious invention. How about some... Continue Reading →