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Happy Birthday, g_2!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

A pie made from calve's entrails; [from] muggots, chitterlings. Cornwall.
--Francis Grose's Provincial Dictionary, 1811

Birthday of Theodore Mayerne (1573-1655),
Swiss-born physician to England's James I. Charles I. Frederick Hackwood's Good Cheer: The Romance of Food (1911) offered this recipe for "London Pie" from Mayerne's Archimagirus Anglo-Gallus: "Take eight marrow bones, eighteen sparrows, one pound of potatoes, a quarter of a pound of eringoes, two ounces of lettuce stalks, forty chestnuts, half a pound of dates, a peck of oysters, a quarter of a pound of preserved citron, three artichokes, twelve eggs, two sliced lemons, a handful of pickled barberries, a quarter of an ounce of whole pepper, half an ounce of sliced nutmeg, half an ounce of whole cinnamon, a quarter of an ounce of whole cloves, half an ounce of mace, and a quarter of a pound of currants. Liquor when it is baked with white wine, butter, and sugar." W. & R. Chambers' Book of Days (1864) added, "Some half-a-dozen years ago ... a pie was made from the above recipe which gave complete satisfaction to the party of connoisseurs who heartily and merrily partook of it."

What did they bake it in, a colosseum?

-The Gneech


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Sep. 28th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Cornish pies
Being a rude folk scratching a poor living from their meagre soil, the Cornish have cultivated a long and honourable tradition of unsavoury pies, culminating in the modern pastime of poisoning tourists with mass-produced pasties. Anything was fair game to a Cornishman in search of pie ingredients; it was even said that the Devil feared to set foot in Cornwall, knowing that the inhabitants would kill him and turn him into a pie.

Muggety pie sounds positively upmarket. It's got mammal in it.
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