TJ’s Household Haiku Challenge – Recipes

This edition, published in 1801, is a treasure trove of cuisine from the past.
This edition, published in 1801, is a treasure trove of cuisine from the past.

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.

Fancy a hollowed out cucumber stuffed with a pigeon? Then
Fancy a hollowed out cucumber stuffed with a pigeon? Then “Pigeons Transmogrified” is the recipe for you!

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.

This diagram shows exactly where to place your dishes when serving up a typical dinner in Regency England.
This diagram shows exactly where to place your dishes when serving up a typical dinner in Regency England.

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!!!! 🙂



        1. I am still looking for the unrecognised ming vase at our local car boot sale that will sell for millions allowing me to live the life of a Gentleman of Leisure. 🙂

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    1. What a wonderful collection. I am in awe of your haiku! Always something to think about with a great lightness of touch! Best wishes. TJ


  1. Oh, what fun it would be to look at your cookbook. Your book is even older than mine. Oh, and mine has ancient food stains too and handwritten recipes inserted here and there.

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    1. Lovely haiku and great images. Love the genealogy story too! Unfortunately I am having trouble leaving a comment directly on your post. I cant’s seem to connect to the blogger feature so apologies for not commenting there directly.


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