Quotes from The Virago Book of Food: The Joy of Eating
ELLA FARMAN PRATT
1837 - 1907
'Mrs. Halliday had cut the ham. The slices were placed in boiling water, and boiled until they were thoroughly cooked. Then they were put in a frying-pan and browned nicely. After that, Marion fried some eggs to 'look like pictures.' She didn't 'turn' them, but carefully dripped gravy over them, until they were done. These eggs she laid upon the slices of ham, the golden centres shining through the pearly setting, and the ham was so pink where it was not brown, and so brown where it was not pink - truly, Marion's platter was like a bit of painting, and the pretty cook of fourteen was as proud of it as she could be.'
The Cooking Club of Tu-Whit Hollow
The Invalid's Breakfast by Emily Aldridge Crawford