This past Saturday, I had the privilege of doing some 18th century
cooking at The Conference House out on Staten Island. The occasion
was the re-enactment of the September 11, 1776, Peace Conference,
wherein an attempt was made by opposing sides, namely the British
and the 13 Colonies, to settle their differences. On behalf of Britain,
Lord Admiral Richard Howe met with John Adams, Benjamin Franklin,
and Edward Rutledge, who represented the colonies. Alas, the meeting
was unsuccessful, and the War for Independence continued. Of course,
eventually the colonists had the last word and won their freedom!
As part of the day’s festivities, there were various crafts people selling
their wares, colonial music and dancing, children’s crafts and games,
as well as scrumptious food, cooked over an open fire. For my part,
I whipped up a lovely carrot pudding, which I then shared with any
and all visitors. I had a marvelous time chatting with everyone
about colonial open-fire cooking, in general, and about puddings,
in particular. It was great fun! The weather was absolutely gorgeous.
It couldn’t have been a more perfect day. The entire event, and all
the folks associated with it, deserve a hale ‘n hearty HUZZAH!
Soup’s a cookin’!
There were carrots to be cooked:
Two comely lasses handle cooking duties:
The beginnings of my carrot pudding:
Ready for baking:
Looks mighty tasty (smelled wonderful, too!):
Count ‘em, THREE, carrot puddings are nearly gone. Yep, they were
definitely a major hit with the larger-than-ever crowd. HUZZAH!
In addition to the re-enactment of the Peace Conference, a memorial service
for 9/11 victims was held. The Staten Island Pipe & Drum Corps led the way:
Some young visitors joined the procession:
Yep, another successful event. HUZZAH!
NEXT: the receipt and pre-event pudding preparations