Monthly Archives: April 2016

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A new site for the historical postings – the mid-century to now, my personal life, will continue as the focus of Foodways Pilgrim

Plays with Fire

This is a introduction.

What Cheer!

Plays with Fire will be focused on hearths and cooking and how the food gets to the cooking hearths and what it meant to people in the past, and what meaning of those past food have for us now…..how to’s, why not’s, way cools and WHAT were they thinking?????

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Actual hearths tell a story – or part of one….

800px-Medievel_kitchen Archeology tells part of the story

800px-Hofwijck_kitchen_hearth This one is in Holland

Title_page_of_OUR_HOME_CYCLOPEDIA,_printed_1889 Cookbooks tell part of the foodways story

I’d like this to be a place to bring the various bits – the history, the extant, the archeological, the art, the cookbooks and the commonplace books to a common table, to figure out a little better the picture puzzle of the past.

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wi5  George Caleb Bingham (American genre painter, 1811-1879)  Family Life on the Frontier George Caleb Bingham American, 1811-1879

As they say at the end of so many medieval and early modern…

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“April is the cruellest month”

Thank you, TS Eliot for summing up the weather situation in New England – too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry.

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He wrote really great poetry, not just random lines that sound like rants.

Eliot is pretty famous for this book:

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a book made more famous by the musical..

CATS music

It was too windy or too rainy or too cold to plant garden seeds – but the weeds are doing just fine.

But enough about the weather..

I’ve been to book launches –

James W. Baker, formerly of Plimoth Plantation  was up to his eyeballs in a new edition of a 17th century sermon…

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The book is great because there’s a copy of the 17th century page facing an transcribed one….as well as annotations by Jim

and then a former neighbor published a 20th century Plymouth history…of Plymouth connection to Bartolomeo Vanzetti of the Sacco and Vanzetti trials

Suosso's Lane

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Edna St Vincent Millay (when she wasn’t hanging out with the like of TS Eliot) wrote a poem about this trial

Justice Denied in Massachusetts

Let us abandon then our gardens and go home
And sit in the sitting-room
Shall the larkspur blossom or the corn grow under this cloud?
Sour to the fruitful seed
Is the cold earth under this cloud,
Fostering quack and weed, we have marched upon but cannot
conquer;
We have bent the blades of our hoes against the stalks of them.

Let us go home, and sit in the sitting room.
Not in our day
Shall the cloud go over and the sun rise as before,
Beneficent upon us
Out of the glittering bay,
And the warm winds be blown inward from the sea
Moving the blades of corn
With a peaceful sound.

Forlorn, forlorn,
Stands the blue hay-rack by the empty mow.
And the petals drop to the ground,
Leaving the tree unfruited.
The sun that warmed our stooping backs and withered the weed
uprooted—
We shall not feel it again.
We shall die in darkness, and be buried in the rain.

What from the splendid dead
We have inherited —
Furrows sweet to the grain, and the weed subdued —
See now the slug and the mildew plunder.
Evil does overwhelm
The larkspur and the corn;
We have seen them go under.

Let us sit here, sit still,
Here in the sitting-room until we die;
At the step of Death on the walk, rise and go;
Leaving to our children’s children the beautiful doorway,
And this elm,
And a blighted earth to till
With a broken hoe.

There was a little field trip to Wahlburgers….I had a turkey burger…with sweet potato tots
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And I went to both a Beer tasting and a Beer dinner……

AND ….I’ve been spending time at the Richard Sparrow House. Among other things they have a very fantastic wafer iron.

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Tree of Life on one side the year 1752 and another tree on the other

 

April is the cruelest  because it’s just too much.

It’s not really a complaint, it just is.

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Vincent Van Gogh Field of Yellow Flowers April 1889

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D.E.A.R. Beverly Cleary

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Drop Everything And Read DAY and Beverly Cleary is 100 years old today..

so drop everything and read some Beverly Cleary! Like Henry Huggins

Henry_Huggins

 

or

bc luckiest girl

or

bc books

There are lots and lots to choose from – she’s been writing for decades!

and she even wrote a little about herself

 

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and

bc my own 2feet

Happy Birthday, Bev!

bc statue

 

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Bee looking for Spring, Honey

Me, too, Bee, me, too.

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Golden treasures I contain,
Guarded by hundreds and thousands.
Stored in a labyrinth where no man walks,
Yet men come often to seize my gold.
By smoke I am overcome and robbed,
Then left to build my treasure anew.
What am I?

A beehive

bees

Bees – honey bees, not bumble bees – were introduced to this continent. We don’t tend to think of them as invasive, because without them the apple trees (introduced) and orange trees (introduced) and many other fruits and veggies would just not thrive.

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Bumble bee

Bee-apis

honey bee

And without honey bees we’d have no golden treasure of honey.

Honey-miel

Mmmmm – honey.

Radish-Celery Salad

one large stalk celery, sliced very thin

4 or 5 radishes, sliced very thin

celery leaves/parsley leaves, chopped finely – it should be one third radish/one third celery/one third leafies

optional – one teaspoon capers OR chopped olives OR not

Slice, chop and mix together.

A little salt and pepper.

Dressing – 1/2 teaspoon whole grain mustard

1 Tablespoon wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

2 Tablespoons olive oil

Mix the honey and vinegar into the mustard. Drizzle the oil in until all blended. Pour over the sliced/chopped radish and celery, toss well.

Other add ins or leave outs – chopped shallot or onion or minced garlic  – just to season. A little shaved Parmesan  or Romano cheese is good, too.

 Serves one.

I eat this alone; on crackers; on a bigger leafier salad; on a microwaved baked sweet potato…did you know that salads started out as condiments? When the baby greens and radishes start coming out, I cut the honey out…an sometimes the dressing altogether.

inspired by a Radish-celery salad in the Boston Globe,   February 27, 2008 – Jill Santopietro

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International Carrot Day

Carrot Song

carrot foot

If you’re going to put your foot in your mouth…..

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Vincent Van Gogh

Now it just so happens that I like my carrots in sticks to pick up dip – or hummus if I want to appear virtuous or in soups or in cakes but almost never boiled and served as a side and never never frozen and unless maybe they’re for a cake….carrot cake with cream cheese frosting…mmmmm…..and there’s a carrot upside  down cake I’d like to try, perhaps in a savory version…..

And salads – I really like a carrot salad, because they can usually be made ahead and travel well and still taste good, if not better.

And because of my recent moves and the power of the  Internet it seems as if several of my go-to carrot salads of the past 20 years are more or less versions of the same carrot salad.

Which just proves that good is good.

It was a page from Vegetarian Times from February of 2004 that led me to the website that helped put 2 +2+ 2 more carrots altogether….

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This is NOT the correct cover for this story…but it is the official sample cover on the Wikipedia site

SOOO – Paula Wolfert in C0uscous and  Other Good Foods from Morocco (published back in 1973) had a several carrot salads : a spiced, a sweet and a grated.

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out and about since 1973

and then the story in Vegetarian Times in 2004 in which  Crescent Dragonwagon mentions that the Moroccan Carrot Salad in The Passionate Vegetarian is a version from  the Paula Wolfert… and here I’ve been toggling between each of them, Lo these many years….here’s link to the CD (CD for Crescent Dragonwood) version of

Moroccan Carrot Salad  

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I just LOVE this cover -click Deep Feast, to link with Crescent Dragonwagon’s website

And thus we celebrate yet another International Carrot Day…

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This is Winter who should be gone by now….see you later Winter, much, MUCH later, bye-bye!

carrots, boy and girl

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Hello, Spring!

On this day in 1888 Vincent Van Gogh painted Grass and Butterflies because  SOMETIMES in SOME PLACES,  April is Spring.

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Oh, Spring, you are a tease.

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Botticelli’s Primavera

 

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Boy, Spring – you fool!

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Spring – where are YOU????

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This little 17th century Spring time scene sums up how I feel about snow in April – STUPID SPRING. Seriously, if you have a Stag by the back legs – LET GO. Holding on is stupid. VERY VERY INDEED

This is the Spring I’m waiting for…..

Ambrosius Bosschaert's 1606 oil on copper painting Flowers in a Glass

             Ambrosius Bosschaert’s 1606 oil on copper painting Flowers in a Glass

This is what it was like as I was looking out my window this morning, and will probably see more of tomorrow.My friend Mindy lives up and over the street from me, and she got it on film…

Don’t need to wait til tomorrow – it’s just started again…..

 

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Konijn coniglio rabbit

rabbit tile 16th c

rabbit italian c1460

Basin, Florence c. 1460 at the V&A

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