"The names of the dishes and sauces have occasioned the greatest perplexity. These are not only many in number, but are often so horrid and barbarous, to our ears at least, as to be inveloped in several instances in almost impenetrable obscurity."If we can penetrate the obscurity of Connynges in cyrip we will make bold to say, it seems to have been a dish of fowls -- because you smite them in pieces for serving, which you wouldn't do with fish or beef, would you? -- seethed in good broth, treated somehow with vinegar, cloves, raisins, currants, and ginger, and then cast into "the Siryppe" and seethed some more. Just glance and see what you think. If we don't understand the all-purpose medieval culinary instruction "do thereto," which is often all the royal cooks will tell us, it's our lookout.
Take Connynges and seeþ hem wel in good broth. take wyne greke and do þerto with a porcioun of vyneger and flour of canel, hoole clowes quybibes hoole, and ooþer gode spices with raisouns coraunce and gyngyner ypared and ymynced. take up the conynges and smyte hem on pecys and cast hem into the Siryppe and seeþ hem a litel on the fyre and sue it forth.
"...On this he aroseThe Odyssey, Book XIV, tr. Robert Fitzgerald, 1963.
and placed the bed of balsam near the fire,
strewing sheepskins on top, and skins of goats.
Odysseus lay down. His host threw over him
A heavy blanket cloak, his own reserve
against the winter wind when it came wild."
those mangeurs [eaters] stupides who merely swallow avec une indifférence coupable les morceaux les plus distingués;and those who merely suck in
avec une distraction sacrilège un nectar odorant et limpide.Limpid nectars, distinguished morsels; culpable indifference and sacrilegious distraction. We would make a New Year's resolution to really read The Physiology of Taste straight through, but resolutions tend to go the same way as themes.
"Now young people nowadays -- they talk very freely about things that weren't mentioned in my young days, but on the other hand their minds are terribly innocent. They believe in everyone and everything. And if one tries to warn them, ever so gently, they tell one that one has a Victorian mind -- and that, they say, is like a sink."Exactly. The champagne was something both Agatha Christie and Beatrix Potter could have recognized, since the maison was fondée in 1760. It was a bottle of Lanson "black label," which had been resting in my little wine fridge for at least a year and perhaps two. I can hardly tell you how delicious it was. Toast and nuts and toast again, and then some fruit on toast. The next morning, with freshly squeezed orange juice, it made a very fine mimosa. Don't put this out for Squirrel Nutkin.
"After all," said Sir Henry, "what is wrong with a sink?"
"Exactly," said Miss Marple eagerly. "It's the most necessary thing in any house ...."
There was a Poet whose untimely tomb
No human hands with pious reverence reared,
But the charmed eddies of autumnal winds
Built o'er his mouldering bones a pyramid
Of mouldering leaves in the waste wilderness: --
A lovely youth, -- no mourning maiden decked
With weeping flowers, or votive cypress wreath,
The lone couch of his everlasting sleep: --
Gentle, and brave, and generous, -- no lorn bard
Breathed o'er his dark fate one melodious sigh:
He lived, he died, he sung in solitude
Strangers have wept to hear his passionate notes,"And virgins, as unknown he passed, have pined And wasted for fond love of his wild eyes," etc. etc. The changing cohorts of hip young people who have been doing parody on Saturday Night Live for forty years could not make this up. Does that mean we and our age are too coarse to appreciate the Shelleys? Or does it mean the two of them were in some ways beyond belief?
1 pound ground porkShape the mixture into small balls, and fry them in batches in a heavy skillet in a little olive oil. When they are all nicely browned but not yet cooked through, crowd them back into the frying pan and pour over them another scant 1/4 cup of beer. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cover and simmer 15 minutes, shaking and stirring from time to time, until the meatballs are cooked through; then add them with their own broth and juices to the soup pot, having first removed from there the old, cooked piece of beef, which has been giving its flavor to the stock all this while.
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large leaves fresh basil, minced
2 slices fresh bread, torn into crumbs and softened with a combination of soup broth and milk (don't make the crumbs too soggy)
salt and pepper
"Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be -- That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks -- for His kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation -- for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His Providence which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed -- for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted -- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer upon us."