The gentlewoman; by the author of 'Dinners and dinner parties'.


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Seite 6 - We sacrifice to dress, till household joys And comforts cease. Dress drains our cellar dry, And keeps our larder lean; puts out our fires; And introduces hunger, frost, and woe, Where peace and hospitality might reign.
Seite iv - Johnson loved his dinner exceedingly, and has often said in my hearing, perhaps for my edification, "that wherever the dinner is ill got there is poverty or there is avarice, or there is stupidity; in short, the family is somehow grossly wrong: for," continued he, "a man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner, and if he cannot get that well dressed, he should be suspected of inaccuracy in other things.
Seite iv - At supper this night he talked of good eating- with uncommon satisfaction. " Some people (said he,) have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully ; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly, will hardly mind any thing else.
Seite iv - ... (continued he) a man seldom thinks with more earnestness of any thing than he does of his dinner ; and if he cannot get that well dressed, he should be suspected of inaccuracy in other things.
Seite 69 - Gentlewoman,' published in 1864, which I shall notice again further on. The author took this receipt from Francatelli, the famous cook of the day. Take of nutmegs one ounce; mace, one ounce; cloves, two ounces; dried bay-leaves, one ounce ; basil, three ounces ; marjoram, three ounces; winter savoury, two ounces ; thyme, three ounces ; cayenne pepper, half an ounce ; grated lemonpeel, half an ounce; two cloves of garlic. All to be well pulverised in a mortar and sifted through a fine wire sieve,...
Seite 96 - To the uninitiated this bird .is as a sealed book ; eaten after it has been killed but three days it is insipid and bad, neither so delicate as a pullet, nor so odoriferous as quail. Cooked at the right moment, the flesh is tender and the flavour sublime, partaking equally the qualities of poultry and game. The moment so necessary to be known and seized on, is when decomposition is THE PHEASANT.
Seite 95 - Chickens. two pieces, each wing into two pieces, the back into three pieces, and the breast into two pieces, which, with the merry-thought, will be fourteen pieces. • Take a Spanish onion,* cut it up small, put it into a stewpan with two ounces of butter, and a little cayenne and salt ; let it stew gently for about an hour, until it is in a complete pulp ; half an hour before you want it put in the fourteen pieces of chicken, let them stew half an hour, and when done, put into your silver dish...
Seite 19 - ... servants, the most of whom you will find assembled here; therefore pray be properly prepared. I hope it is not necessary for me to add how truly happy I should be, if our dear and good friend Lord Stowell would accompany you. A hearty welcome, good and warm beds, turkey and chine, and last, though not least in love, liver and crow,* are the order of the day. "Ever, my dear Lord, Most sincerely yours, " GR " PS — NB No church preferment will be requested upon the present occasion.
Seite 18 - ... careful abstinence at his meals, and, to prevent drowsiness, read at night with a wet towel round his head. At last it became necessary, as the time of being called to the bar approached, to provide a dwelling in London. In his latter days, he pointed out a house in Cursitor Street.
Seite 96 - When not to be got, any other onion may be substituted. persons, and each convive will want to taste each dish. Pigeons, when in season, cooked in the same manner, are equally good, and make a change — such a change that those who taste never forget it. Grouse and partridges treated the same way are better than roasted. A young turkey poult dressed in the same way is a very inviting dish.

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