Sly old recipes
Make delicious promises
In my bare pantry
We all have them in our house. Recipes of great promise and delight that we promise ourselves we will make one day. Perhaps it is an old exercise book with little scraps of paper written over by Grandmamma or Mum when we first left home. It may be the latest “3 Ingredient meals” or “How to Cook with Lard and Still Loose Weight!”. The example in this picture is from one of my oldest books. This edition of the “Experienced English Houskeeper for the use and ease of Ladies, Housekeepers, Cooks, etc” by Elizabeth Raffald was printed in 1801 and gives a fascinating insight into the types of dishes Jane Austen and those of Georgian and Regency England enjoyed.
I use this word advisedly as most of the recipes sound absolutely vile! The one featured in the photo is “Pigeons Transmogrified” which basically seems to be to scoop out the centres of large cucumbers and stuff a boiled pigeon into them with the head decoratively hanging out one end.
The book also contains a wonderful fold out diagram of how to “dress” a table, showing exactly where to place the massive quantity of dishes required at any Regency dinner.
I love it for its history, its ancient food stains and also for the fact that it is actually the copy belonging to the lady to whom it is dedicated, the Honorable Lady Elizabeth Warburton.
Last Week’s Prompt – Spider web
This prompt provoked a few disturbing spider memories for a lot of the participants and made me recall a few of my own huge Aussie spider encounters. I hope this week’s prompt stirs up less phobias! 🙂
Thanks to Elusive Trope for this evocative haiku about an old web. It is very good!
The author Kate Martyn has written a haiku about the downside to the jewelled web.
Tucked Into A Corner’s opinion of spiders if very clear in this wonderful quartet of haiku.
Pat B from A Season and a Time has also shown the sinister contrast between a spider’s beauty and its fatal power.
After a little break in the ether, Al the Author has returned with a wonderful triplet of haiku which each have their own mood and take on the cobweb theme.
Welcome back again to Helene Parish from Life in Frame. She has composed two haiku about her close encounters with webs.
Skyllairae has produced a lovely haiku and accompanied it with a tale of her childhood that is a quite beautiful.
And finally, Lisl from Before the Second Sleep has really explored the topic through both haiku and writing making for a great read.
From now on I will be posting this Haiku Challenge at the regular time of Saturday, 5.00pm Western Australian time (5.00am in America) so you can find it regularly from this point.
If you are participating please write your haiku on your own blog (we love to see your own photos too!), add your contribution as a link to your post in the comment section here and put “TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge” on your tag list on your own post so others can find you! Just click on the speech bubble at the end of this post to access comments.
If you would like more information about the challenge then you can view the instructions page HERE
Also don’t hesitate to make suggestions for future household objects in the comments section! I need ideas!!!! 🙂