Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Birthday Cutlets.

Today in 1812 was the birthday of the English writer famous for his nonsense verse, especially his limericks. In 1870 Lear contributed several recipes to the Nonsense Gazette, and in a previous post I gave you his version of Amblongus Pie. Today in honour of his birthday, I give you his recipe for cutlets. Do try the recipe, and let us all know what you think of them via the comments section, please.

To Make Crumbobblious Cutlets
Procure some strips of beef, and having cut them into the smallest possible slices, proceed to cut them still smaller, eight or perhaps nine times.
When the whole is thus minced, brush it up hastily with a new clothes-brush, and stir round rapidly and capriciously with a salt-spoon or a soup ladle.
Place the whole in a saucepan, and remove it to a sunny place,- say the roof of the house if free from sparrows or other birds,- and leave it there for about a week.
At the end of that time add a little lavender, some oil of almonds, and a few herring-bones; and cover the whole with 4 gallons of clarified crumbobblious sauce, when it will be ready for use.
Cut it into the shape of ordinary cutlets, and serve it up in a clean tablecloth or dinner-napkin.

Quotation for the Day.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.

The Owl and the Pussy Cat, Edward Lear.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Edmund Lear is one of my favorite poets! I've memorized some of his poems so that when my nieces and nephews ask me to tell them a bedtime story I don't have to make something up, and they still get a fun story. "The Owl and the Pussycat" is a fun one to recite to children, as is "The Sugarplum Tree" and "The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat".