A bill of Fare for July.
1 Pottage of Capon.
2 Boil’d Pigeons.
3 A hash of Caponets.
4 A Grand Sallet.
German School, 17th 17th Century German School A bowl of spinach and eggs and roasted quail with a pewter dish. The spinach with eggs is a more ordinary boiled salad – a grans salad is…grander.
5 A Fawn.
6 A Custard.
A Second Course.
1 Pease, of French Beans.
French beans are also known now as green bean..I think the pease of the beans are the little seeds within. This would make this dish extremely delicate and dainty!
2 Gulls four, two larded.
black legged kittiwake – gulls are also called mews or mouettes
3 Pewits eight, four larded.
Pewits are now more commonly called Northern lapwings
4 A quodling Tart green.
5 Portugal eggs, two sorts.
6 Buttered Brawn.
Selsey Cockles broil’d.
Ben Johson. Volpone. Act 1. Scene 2.
SIR POLITIQUE WOULD BEE:
“In oranges, musk-melons, and such like: sometimes in Colchester-oysters, and your Selsey-cockles.’
Selsey is in West Sussex – Colchester is in Essex – so this is shell fish coming from both sides of England.
He’s holding a gridiron, perhaps waiting to broil some cockles – can anyone translate the caption?
Robert May. The Accomplist Cook.