First week of Spring and a group from the Newmarket Seniors came for Tea. I had made ginger cookies shaped in hearts and had one pan ready to put in the bake kettle.
I donned my 18th century wool gown and brought out many items to the table to share their stories.
From Isinglass to Jell-O, vanilla bean to vanilla in a bottle, cochineal to food coloring, birch whisk to emersion blender, horn, wooden and pewter utensils, I told them the story of how and when the transformation of these items came about.
They arrived about 10 am, and we all got cozy by the fire, poured tea, and passed cookies. I gave them a bit of my background and of the room we were in. Then it was off to discover 18th century versus 21st century.
I brought out a coffin and explained that this was the first casserole dish.
I finished up with the various cooking pots and pans and how they were used. Here I showed them how the caldron was hung on the crane.
It was a nice morning spent with a wonderful group and men and woman who were out for a day of fun.
One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller