Yesterday I attended my second Hearth Cooking class at the George Read House in New Castle De.This was my second time and Debbie's first but not her last time to attend. It was way cool. We prepared and cooked a feast as it would have been in the 18th century. Everything was done over the fire. No modern conveniences save a current day hand whisk used to make the whipped cream. We created dishes like Beef a la Lindstrom, Fruktsoppa, Knackebrod, Svensk Salad, Roast Tail of Pike, Vegetable Hutspot and more.
The Vegetable Hutspot
The Roasted Tail of Pike (we had to substitute Tilapia)
Beef a la Lindstrom
The Orange Cake
Here is the Fruktsoppa. The recipe Debbie and I made. After cooking, yes, we took the pot to sit in the snow to cool. When it was time to eat, the Fruktsoppa was still not chilled so we improvised with nesting it is a bowl filled with snow. We also whipped the cream and set the bowl of the whipped cream in the snow to keep til dessert time.
Our table....the photos don't do it justice! There was so much food, much of it on a back table.
Well. looks like I enjoyed it!
Other items of interest were the historical significance of the house. Here is the bell system that was ahead of it's time in the late 1700's/early 1800's. Each wire leads to a room, each room has a lever to 'flip' to ring the bell notifiying the kitchen and servants which room (of the 22 rooms) the servants should report to. Pretty cool.
Other neat shots. Photography in the house itself it prohibited so my shots are only of the kitchen and washroom area. The John Read House is currently shrouded in scaffolding as they are in the midst of a $1M renovation project so I did not take any photos of the outside. Check their website. It truly is a treasure and worth a stop if you are in area.
All that and I managed to stitch a bit before and a bit after.......The Between the Sheets Sampler is not necessary my favorite but I find myself thinking about getting home and stitching up the next part. I think it is the whole band sampler thing. Just like alphabets, you get to see accomplishment so quickly. It is either that or the fact that I will not see the ladies of the group I took the class with until April and I want to be able to show lots of progress. Either way, it's progress.