No, these guys aren’t coming to dinner, however, one of their duck friends won’t be so lucky. Having just returned from a trip to Pennsylvania visiting relatives and antique shopping, I chose not to take the time to kill, pluck, and roast a bird, but to make a simple Colonial era meal much as any woman might have made 200 years ago. Any good cook knows simple basic ingredients can be as rich as king’s fare if well prepared.
Roasted poultry wasn’t always practical for common folk so I deliberately chose something else. For settlers new to their homestead firewood might have been in short supply. The bird might not have been hefty enough to feed all in attendance requiring the housewife to stretch it by various means. Perhaps, as in our case, there are only the two who will partake of the meal and for practicality it is kept to appropriate proportions. Last, but not least, also as in our case, attending mass Christmas morning requires advance preparation today and might preclude lengthy cooking processes such as roasting the fatted turkey or goose tomorrow.
Our meal will be made from items on-hand without a trip to the mercantile to stock up, yet I think Mr. Brady will find himself as happy as can be with what will be set before him. Feel free to visit again in a couple of days and see what our fare shall be. Until then, Blissful Meals, and may God bless you. – Victoria Brady, thehistoricfoodie.