[Sca-cooks] 12th Night 2007 Stories

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Sun Jan 7 08:21:54 PST 2007

On Jan 7, 2007, at 10:14 AM, ranvaig at columbus.rr.com wrote:

> If everything you ate was a little too smoky, perhaps you wouldn't
> enjoy it quite as much.
> Ranvaig

Bingo. Among other things, see Gervase Markham's remarks on  
carbonadoes, to the effect that only losers cook their steaks over  
fires (sorry, I've been hanging out with my kid too much lately),  
which allow fat to drip onto the flames and coals, and smoke, (non- 
losers apparently cook their carbonadoes in front of the fire on an  
inclined gridiron) plus instructions about baking things wrapped in  
paper to protect them from the ashes and smoke, in both Markham,  
Elinor Fettiplace's receipt book, etc.

Of course, one might argue Brian Boru is removed from these sources  
by several centuries, but if you depend on a wood-burning fire for  
cooking, the problem is potentially endemic, and the solutions are  
common sense... the real question is whether you see it as a problem.


"S'ils n'ont pas de pain, vous fait-on dire, qu'ils  mangent de la  
brioche!" / "If there's no bread to be had, one has to say, let them  
eat cake!"
     -- attributed to an unnamed noblewoman by Jean-Jacques Rousseau,  
"Confessions", 1782

"Why don't they get new jobs if they're unhappy -- or go on Prozac?"
     -- Susan Sheybani, assistant to Bush campaign spokesman Terry  
Holt, 07/29/04

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