Saturday, February 27, 2021

Jewish foodways talks

The British Library has an exhibit Hebrew Manuscripts and The Great Big Jewish Food Fest really was great, with many taped talks. YIVO's terrific course A Seat at the Table will be free until Aug. There are two talks this Sunday, so I am putting this post up early.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Ice harvesting in 19th and 20th century America & Maple Sugar harvest

Early 1900s films, recent tapes and zoom talks show the various processes of ice harvesting on lakes and rivers: horse teams to plow the snow, score then saw the ice, then send the 'cakes' of ice up a conveyor into huge ice houses. It was done by small farmers to large scale operators, such as Bostonian Frederic Tudor the "Ice King" who shipped the New England ice to India.
And Maple Sugaring talks.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Washington Cakes or Pies, Fat Tuesday donuts or pancakes

On Shrove Tuesday, it was a tradition for many Christians to use the last of the fat before Lent. In England it became Pancake Day and in some places the pancakes were tossed (1837 sketch). Germanic areas in Europe and the US made doughnuts, fachnachts, or kinklings - the last only in Frederick MD.
And for Washington's Birthday ... when Washington Pies were cakes. Three cakes named after our first president were: a cake with raisins & currants (1830 recipe), Pearl ash with brandy & spices (1837), and a yeast pancake (1842).

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Chocolate! ... virtual talks

Finally, chocolate talks. I've written blog posts on chocolate, in fact my first post was on Raffald's Chocolate Puffs, and other posts on Liotard, his 'La Belle Chocolatiere' used on this Baker's Chocolate cover. Here is a list of upcoming and taped past talks on chocolate, in time for Valentine's Day. Dr. Leni Sorenson is giving a talk on colonial chocolate in the Atlantic world and Dr. Leslie Goddard on more modern chocolate candies. So listen to the doctors (and the others) talk about chocolate!