29 May 2015

Friday's Literary Feast

Quotes from The Virago Book of Food:  The Joy of Eating

1771 - 1855

Friday, August 19th

The servant at Brownhill was a coarse-looking wench, barefoot and bare-legged.  I examined the kitchen round about; it was crowded with furniture, drawers, cupboards, dish-covers, pictures, pans, and pots, arranged without order, except that the plates were on shelves, and the dish-covers hung in rows; these were very clean, but floors, passages, staircase, everything else dirty.  There were two beds in recesses in the wall; above one of them I noticed a shelf with some books: - it made me think of Chaucer's Clerke of Oxenforde:--

        'Liever had he at his bed's head
         Twenty books clothes in black and read.'

They were baking oat-bread, which they cut into quarters, and half-baked over the fire, and half-toasted before it.  There was a suspiciousness about Mrs. Otto, almost like ill-nature; she was very jealous of any inquiries that might appear to be made with the faintest idea of a comparison between Leadhills and any other place, except the advantage was evidently on the side of the Leadhills.  We had nice honey to breakfast.

Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland

Painting of Scotland by Patrick Jensen

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