Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The first Thanksgiving!

My friend Amy had this on her blog today...good information to know. You can quiz your family during the feast tomorrow! (Do you like this photo of the kids and I preparing our Thanksgiving feast?)

Here is what historians at think might have been on the menu:

~~Seafood: cod, eel, clams, lobster
~~Wild Fowl: wild turkey, goose, duck, crane, swan, partridge, eagles
~~Meat: venison, seal
~~Grain: wheat flour, Indian corn
~~Vegetables: pumpkin, peas, beans, onions, lettuce, radishes, carrots
~~Fruit: plums, grapes

And here are some foods that were NOT on the menu :
~~Ham: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered their pigs though they had brought such animals with them from England.
~~Sweet Potatoes/Potatoes: These were not common.
~~Corn on the Cob: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
~~Cranberry Sauce: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar.
~~Pumpkin Pie: Hard to make without sugar, plus the recipe didn't exist at this time. However, the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
~~Chicken/Eggs: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it's unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
~~Milk: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it's possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.

So what will be on your table tomorrow? A contemporary or an historic feast? I'd love to hear the oddball things that end up on your table every frozen fruit salad --what is that?

Also, don't miss the recipe for cookies Amy's got on her post! I'm wondering how I can subtly hint that she should whip up a special batch for her good you think it would work if I offered to pay for the overnight shipping? :)



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