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Plymouth Colony Foodways: Notes and Recipes from a 17th Century Kitchen

December 1

December 1st, 2013 by KM Wall

from Robert May The Accomplist Cook

A Bill of Fare for Christmas Day, and how to set the Meat in order.


1 A collar of brawn.
2 Stewed Broth of Mutton marrow bones.
3 A grand Sallet.
4 A pottage of caponets.
5 A breast of veal in stoffado.
6 A boil’d partridge.
7 A chine of beef, or surloin roast.
8 Minced pies.
9 A Jegote of mutton with anchove sauce.
10 A made dish of sweet-bread.
11 A swan roast.
12 A pasty of venison.
13 A kid with a pudding in his belly.
14 A steak pie.
15 A hanch of venison roasted.
16 A turkey roast and stuck with cloves.
17 A made dish of chickens in puff paste.
18 Two bran geese roasted, one larded.
19 Two large capons, one larded.
20 A Custard.

The second course for the same Mess.

Oranges and Lemons.

Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and Pomegranate by Jacob van Hulsdonk

Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and Pomegranate by Jacob van Hulsdonk

1 A young lamb or kid.
2 Two couple of rabbits, two larded.
3 A pig souc’t with tongues.
4 Three ducks, one larded.
5 Three pheasants, 1 larded
6 A Swan Pye.
7 Three brace of partridge, three larded.
8 Made dish in puff paste.
9 Bolonia sausages, and anchoves, mushrooms, and Cavieate, and pickled oysters in a dish.
10 Six teels, three larded.
11 A Gammon of Westphalia Bacon.
12 Ten plovers, five larded.
13 A quince pye, or warden pie.
14 Six woodcocks, 3 larded.
15 A standing Tart in puff-paste, preserved fruits, Pippins, &c.
16 A dish of Larks.
17 Six dried neats tongues.
18 Sturgeon.
19 Powdered Geese.


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2 Responses to “December 1”

  1. carolina says:

    Wait a minute…I thought the Puritans didn’t celebrate Christmas! In fact, it was banned in Massachusetts, at least for a time, yes? And I’d have to check again, but I think Robert May was Catholic, yes?! Eeeeeek! So…just to cause trouble (sorry!)…what’s the point of sharing this?

    • KM Wall says:

      The point of sharing is that 1) not Englishmen were Puritans, and 2) Christmas was celebrated in England and if some of those revelers hadn’t crossed the ocean there wouldn’t have been a need to ban the holiday and 3) some of the celebrating – like a great feast – was in and of itself rather benign and the Puritans threw the baby out with the bath water. Beside, this is one terrific menu!

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