Menu Page 486

Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and here’s a menu to have everyone drooling, with apologies to vegetarians (there are recipes for us in the book). It’s from Francatelli’s The Cook’s Guide, published in 1861. I have my great-grandmother’s copy, tattered, stained, but readable. Just reading the recipes is enough to add weight, but worth every minute and pound …

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MENU PAGE 486 RECIPE NUMBER 510               089 silver ware
from Francatelli’s The Cook’s Guide

every mouthful to be savoured
with leisurely conversation
round a table spread with linen
weighted with silver and crystal

the smooth taste of grouse soup
holds hills and heather
followed by rare roast sirloin

next the entrées, one of veal cutlets                             IMG_4205 R's duck
sharp with horseradish
and then, then such a delicacy
‘snipe pudding à l’epicurien’
with sauce of Portugal onion
parsley, mushrooms, mixed herbs
‘a suspicion of garlic’
and half a pint of wine
these, with truffles
steamed in a suet crust

the snipe melts in my mouth
the flavours release scenes
of woodland and fragrant gardens
with an underlay of sunshine                                     IMG_4380 3 desserts

the vol-au-vent of green-gages
– one of four entremets –
but the rest of the meal
is lost before the rare excellence
of ‘snipe pudding à l’epicurien’

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Just recently I was interviewed by Michael Lee Johnson for the Poets Interviews, take a look and let me know what you think.

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DSCF5199 Berry cleans House copy3The Berry Books for 3-6 years old: Berry the mouse, who lives in a tree, gets into funny situations, and has to find his way out of them.

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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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