I’ve been putting the finishing touches to some forthcoming presentations. Decided that Roast Cow’s Udder should form part of my slot on Seventeenth Century Food and Drink for Cleveland, North Yorkshire & South Durham Family History Society’s Family History Day in April. This really shouldn’t be missed so here it is for the benefit of those who can’t attend:- Take a cow’s udder and first boil it well, then stick it thick all over with cloves. Then when it is cold, spit it and lay it to the fire and apply it very well with basting of sweet butter and when it is sufficiently roasted and brown dredge it and draw if from the fire. Take vinegar and butter and put it on a chafing dish and coals and boil it with white bread crumbs, till it be thick. Then put to it a good store of sugar and cinnamon and putting it in a clean dish lay the cows udder therein. Trim the sides of the dish with sugar and so serve it up. Thanks to Gervase Markham for this. Horse pales into insignificance somewhat doesn’t it?
184 pages of an edited Family Historians Enquire Within are now with the publishers. I shall miss my daily stint with various letters of the alphabet. There will be a talk of the book!
97 excitable year 6 children with us in the seventeenth century, in a space that is better suited to 60. Fortunately it was a day when spring was almost here (sorry you must have missed it as it is winter again today) so we were able to get on with chopping off their limbs, shooting them etc..
I have delegated the research into the Clovelly Methodist Roll of Honour – yes, me, delegating – you did see the airborne porcine vision did you not? Some very interesting discoveries none the less. I have also contributed to Friends of Devon Archives Roll of Honour transcribing project, revealing more Clovelly men to research (Anglicans presumably!).
Exciting news on the Braund front, with additional evidence that two of our existing branches are probably linked and a new branch (also almost certainly connected) created. It is at that frustrating – this is the way these families are related but I just daren’t ink it in – stage. Will we, with missing early parishes registers and no probate material, ever prove this satisfactorily?