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Written by Myretta
(2/4/2010 10:15 a.m.)
The last hour, spent in yawning and shivering in a wide circle round the fire, was dull enough, but the tray had admirable success. The widgeon and the preserved ginger were as delicious as one could wish. But as to our black butter, do not decoy anybody to Southampton by such a lure, for it is all gone. The first pot was opened when Frank and Mary were here, and proved not at all what it ought to be; it was neither solid nor entirely sweet, and on seeing it Eliza remembered that Miss Austen had said she did not think it had been boiled enough. It was made, you know, when we were absent. Such being the event of the first pot, I would not save the second, and we therefore ate it in unpretending privacy; and though not what it ought to be, part of it was very good.
You all might know what a widgeon was. I didn't. :-) So, I looked it up and have included a couple of recipes:
Wild Ducks, Teal, Widgeon, Dun-birds, Sfc. Should be taken up with the gravy in. Baste them with butter, and sprinkle a little salt before they are taken up; put a good gravy under them, and serve with shalotsauce in a boat.(A new system of cookery by Maria Eliza Rundell 1808)
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