Madeira, the island off the coast of Portugal, not the fortified wine made there, was the subject of the 1821 book A History of Madeira. Porridge is in the iron pot and grinding "Indian corn" in a quern is depicted below.
"The cottages in Madeira… consist, generally, of one room, which is subservient to every domestic purpose. Here the victuals are cooked, and the household occupations pursued during the day; while, at night, it is divided by a curtain or straw mat, to answer the purpose of sleep.
For my review of the wonderful book Oceans of Wine, on the history of Madeira (the drink), click HERE. For the post on transporting barrels of Madeira by sled click HERE
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