The first Thanksgiving!
~~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 year...like 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 friend...do you think it would work if I offered to pay for the overnight shipping? :)