Posted by Margie on August 05, 1997 at 01:45:28:
In reply to Pudding without rhyme or reason posted by Caroline on August 04, 1997 at 22:16:26
] Is the poem the one that ends
] "This pudding's without rhyme or reason" ?
Yes! That's the one. Thank you so much for your information on currants. I am convinced you are right. It's really fun to learn that currant derives from raisin of Corinth. My husband will enjoy it, too. He delights in information of that sort. I will pass your posting on to him, and encourage him in his experiments. I will either post the results, or ask him to do so himself. I've appended his copy of the "receipt" or "reciept"(?!). We were unsure of one word and made our best guess -- unfortunately I don't remember, now, which the questionable word was.
A Reciept for a Pudding
If the vicar you treat,
you must give him to eat,
a pudding to hit his affection;
And to make his repast,
by the canon of taste,
be the present receipt your direction.
First take two pounds of bread,
be the crumb only weighed,
for crust the good housewife refuses,
The proportion you'll guess
may be made more or less
to the size that each family chuses.
Then its sweetness to make
some currants you take
and sugar of each half a pound
Be not butter forgot
and the quantity sought
must the same with your currants be found.
Cloves and mace you will want,
with rose water I grant,
and more savory things if well chosen;
then to bind each ingredient
you'll find it expedient
of eggs to put in half a dozen.
Some milk don't refuse it,
but boiled ere you use it,
a proper hint this for its maker;
and the whole when compleat;
in a pan clean and neat,
with care recommend to the baker.
In praise of this pudding,
I vouch it a good one,
or should you suspect a fond word;
to every guest,
perhaps it is best,
two puddings should smoke on the board.
Two puddings! - yet - no,
for it one will do.
The other comes in out of season;
And these lines but obey,
nor can anyone say,
that this pudding's without rhyme or reason.
...from Martha Lloyd's recipe book; she was
Jane Austen's sister-in-law (2nd wife of
brother Captain Francis William Austen)
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