M is for Mince Pies – the history interpreter’s historical advent calendar

Community based day today. I was the third customer in the newly opened community shop at 7.30am this morning. A great venture and I hope villagers will support it. Then off for a meeting in connection with Clovelly Archive Association.

I am still working my way through the transcription of C17th admiralty documents. Today’s offering saw a ship stranded in Greenland by ice, crew members dying of ‘scurvie’ and eating sea horse blobber (sic). Yes, I thought that this was odd too, until I realised they are calling whales sea horses. No idea what they called sea horses!

Thought provoking report on history in schools on the Historical Association‘s website. Sad to see it being squeezed out of the curriculum.

Finally got hold of a copy of last week’s local paper, where local historian, Peter Christie, mentioned my witchcraft talk in very favourable terms; a real compliment – so thank you Peter.

Today’s alphabetical offering is:-

Mince Pies

At a time when most livestock was slaughtered in the autumn, to avoid the expense of winter feeding, mince pies were made as a method of preserving meat. A 1394 recipe for mince pies required:- 1 pheasant, 1 hare, 1 capon, 2 pigeons and 2 rabbits. The meat was separated from the bone and minced. Livers and hearts of these animals were added, plus 2 sheep’s kidneys, little meat balls of beef, eggs, pickled mushrooms, salt, pepper, vinegar and spices. This was then baked in a pie. They were banned by Oliver Cromwell as idolatrous; the then oval shape of the pie was thought to represent Jesus’ crib.


2 comments on “M is for Mince Pies – the history interpreter’s historical advent calendar

  1. Martha says:

    What is a Capon?

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