This past Sunday, I happily participated in my first-ever Battle
of Brooklyn Commemoration and Re-enactment at Brooklyn’s
Green-wood Cemetery. And I had an absolutely awesome time!
It was a fantastic event all-around. We had A-plus excellent
weather, for starters. Then there were troops from New York
(including Long Island) and New Jersey, speechifying by men
portraying General George Washington and Benjamin Franklin,
tactical maneuvers with marching soldiers of both sides, gun
fire and those-oh-so-ear-shattering cannon blasts, officers
on horseback who overtook the rebel colonials from behind,
fifes and drums, and so much more.
While all the above was going on, I was busy at the fire pit
dealing with the day’s menu of fish and Indian meal bread.
Both were placed on planks, then set before the fire. They
turned out beautifully! My fish was a Sea Bass (cleaned and
gutted in advance by yours truly, natch!) that was stuffed
with forcemeat made of bread crumbs, salt pork, an egg,
parsley, marjoram, butter, a bit of wine, and salt ‘n pepper.
I had a marvelous time cooking, observing the proceedings,
seeing old friends and making new, and chatting with all
the visitors. It was SUCH great fun that I can hardly wait
to do it all again next year! HUZZAH!
Of course, finding moments to take photos of the goings-on
were few and far between. I managed to get a few, however!
I’d like to give a Big Shout Out and a Loud HUZZAH! to Paul Gasparo
who dug my fire pit AND loaned me his portable table AND brought
a bag of remnant hardwood sticks from his local lumber yard for me
to use as tinder. I would’ve been up the ol’ proverbial creek without
a paddle if he’d not provided his assistance. A Big Thanks to Pat Roos,
as well, for her help with clean-up. Both are members of the Huntington
Militia (LI). All was greatly appreciated! HUZZAH!
Pat and Paul during the Baking Workshop portions of Deb Peterson’s
Historic Foodways Symposium at Ft. Lee (NJ):